Kohli fires India to vital win with 183
Virat Kohli smashed a career-best 183 to power India to a crucial six-wicket victory over Pakistan in the Asia Cup one-day tournament in Dhaka on Sunday. The in-form batsman hit one six and 22 fours in his explosive 148-ball knock. It was his third century in four matches and helped India achieve the stiff 330-run target with 13 balls to spare.
The Indian innings marked their highest successful chase in one-dayers, surpassing 326 against England at Lord's in 2002. Earlier, Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed hit a 104-ball 112 for his maiden one-day century and Mohammad Hafeez made a 113-ball 105 to help post a challenging total.
Pakistan made it to the final despite the defeat, finishing their league engagements with nine points from three games, while India (eight points from three games) and Bangladesh (four from two) are still in contention. Bangladesh need to win their final league match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday to knock India out.
"Sachin (Tendulkar) and Virat batted brilliantly while Rohit (Sharma) can be a good finisher," said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The day-night match was the first between the two teams since the high-profile World Cup semi-final at Mohali last March, which India won on their way to clinching the showpiece title. Kohli and opener Tendulkar put India on course for the remarkable victory with a 133-run stand for the second wicket after the second-ball dismissal of Gautam Gambhir.
Tendulkar, who became the first player to score 100 international centuries on Friday, looked in good form. He hit a brisk 48-ball 52 with the help of one six and five fours before being caught by Younis Khan in the slips off spinner Saeed Ajmal. Kohli, whose previous best was an unbeaten 133, received valuable support from Sharma who made an impressive 68 in a 172-run stand for the third wicket.
"I still can't believe what happened out there, honestly," said Kohli, who was named man of the match.
"I'm really satisfied. To be able to chase 330 against this bowling is satisfying."
Left-handed Jamshed and Hafeez had dominated the Indian bowling attack as they added 224 runs, Pakistan's best for the opening wicket against India in one-day internationals.
"It was an excellent innings by Kohli, the best I have ever seen," said Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
"Credit goes to their batsmen. It's easy out there under lights but 329 is still a good score."
Pakistan scored 73 in the last 10 overs, with Younis hitting a 34-ball 52 with the help of six fours before falling to a superb one-handed catch by Suresh Raina in the covers off paceman Praveen Kumar. Shahid Afridi (nine) completed 7,000 one-day runs before being caught by Kohli off Irfan Pathan. Hafeez was the first to complete his century, pushing Kumar to mid-off for a single. He struck one six and nine fours before being trapped leg-before by seamer Ashok Dinda.
Jamshed reached the century in Kumar's next over with a single and then hit the bowler for a six. He also cracked 10 fours.India, who failed to defend 289 in their last match against Bangladesh on Friday, again put in a below-par performance with none of their bowlers able to keep pressure on the Pakistani openers.
|Match||:||India Vs Pakistan – Asia Cup – 5th Match|
|Venue||:||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur|
|Result||:||India won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)|
|Mohammad Hafeez||lbw b Dinda||105||113||9||1|
|Nasir Jamshed||c IK Pathan b Ashwin||112||104||10||1|
|Umar Akmal†||c Gambhir b Kumar||28||24||2||0|
|Younis Khan||c Raina b Kumar||52||34||6||0|
|Shahid Afridi||c Kohli b IK Pathan||9||15||0||0|
|Hammad Azam||c Kohli b Dinda||4||5||0||0|
|Umar Gul||not out||0||1||0||0|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 3, w 10, nb 1)||15|
|Total||(6 wickets; 50 overs)||329|
|To Bat: Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema, Wahab Riaz|
|Fall of wickets : 1-224 (Nasir Jamshed), 2-225 (Mohammad Hafeez), 3-273 (Umar Akmal),|
|4-313 (Shahid Afridi), 5-323 (Younis Khan), 6-326 (Hammad Azam)|
|Gautham Gambhir||lbw b Mohammad Hafeez||0||2||0||0|
|Sachin Tendulkar||c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal||52||48||5||1|
|Virat Kohli||c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul||183||148||22||1|
|Rohit Sharma||c Shahid Afridi b Umar Gul||68||83||5||1|
|Suresh Raina||not out||12||6||1||1|
|MS Dhoni*†||not out||4||1||1||0|
|Extras||(b 5, lb 1, w 4, nb 1)||11|
|Total||(4 wickets; 47.5 overs)||330|
|To Bat: YK Pathan, IK Pathan, R Ashwin, P Kumar, AB Dinda|
|Fall of wickets:1-0 (Gambhir), 2-133 (Tendulkar), 3-305 (Sharma), 4-318 (Kohli)|
|Umpires :||SJ Davis (Australia) and IJ Gould (England)|
|Match Referee :||DC Boon (Australia)|