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.
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.