Virat Kohli, with his brilliant century, led India to a comfortable chase against Bangladesh in the ODI World Cup match, reaching the target of 256/8 with 51 balls to spare.
Bangladesh won the toss in today’s World Cup match against India in Pune, on October 19 and opted to bat first. Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das got off to an impressive start, forming a solid 93-run opening partnership. However, India’s bowlers turned the tide during the middle overs, reducing Bangladesh to just over 200 runs with the last four wickets in hand. A remarkable fielding effort by Ravindra Jadeja, who took a sensational catch at point, led to Jasprit Bumrah’s first wicket, breaking the Mahmudullah-Mushfiqur Rahim partnership. Notably, all Indian bowlers, except for Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli who bowled just 3 balls each, contributed with wickets.
India’s pursuit of Bangladesh’s 256/8 got off to a strong start with Rohit Sharma at the helm. Rohit, who has a reputation for explosive starts, looked in fine form but was dismissed for 48 off 40 deliveries in the 13th over. This marked the entry of Virat Kohli, who quickly took center stage. The twist occurred when Kohli faced two consecutive no-balls. He capitalized on this opportunity by taking two runs off the first, smashing a four on the free hit, and then sending the next free-hit delivery over the boundary for a six, collecting 12 runs in three balls.
Shubman Gill contributed a seemingly effortless half-century, scoring 53 before his departure. Kohli went on to score his 69th ODI half-century, and it became evident that both he and KL Rahul were committed to ensuring Kohli reached a century. This effort proved successful as Kohli achieved his 48th century with a commanding six, simultaneously securing India’s victory with 51 balls to spare.
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Last Updated on October 19, 2023
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