Thanks a ton! love, kohli

Pune, October 19

How easy it is for Virat Kohli to stamp his class in a World Cup match! An unbeaten century, including half-a-dozen boundaries and four sixes, and Kohli had the cricket fans in thrall. Kohli’s 48th ODI century took him within touching distance of Sachin Tendulkar’s record mark of 49. It was made sweeter by the fact that it came in a winning cause in the World Cup. Kohli’s unbeaten 103 handed India a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh.

Rohit Sharma scored 48, Shubman Gill 53 but it was Kohli on everyone’s mind as the Indian fans went home smiling after their team’s win in the first World Cup tie here.

With the Indian top-order firing against a lacklustre bowling attack, what chance did Bangladesh have of defending a total of 256/8. Kohli, Gill and Sharma waited for the loose deliveries, which kept tumbling out of Bangladesh’s closet frequently. The Indian openers scored 63 in the first Powerplay, the same as Bangladesh, but both the teams had a different approach. Bangladesh were more desperate to push the scoring rate whereas India had the luxury of enjoying the journey with the destination in sight.Earlier, Kohli also got to roll over his arm as he completed Hardik Pandya’s over with three balls to spare after the all-rounder twisted his ankle trying to stop a straight drive with his right foot and had to leave the ground. He was taken to a hospital for scans and the exact nature of injury is yet to come out.

A total of at least 280 was needed to create an upset. Afghanistan scored 284 to deflate England by registering a 69-run win and Netherlands scored 245 in 43 overs to edge out South Africa by 38 runs. Bangladesh’s 256/8 were never going to cause any trouble for the in-form hosts.

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