Published: January 12, 2010
An undefeated 102 by Virat Kohli propelled India to earn an easy six-wicket win over Bangladesh in the last league ODI match of the Idea Cup Tri-Nation Cricket Tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Monday.
Sent into bat first, Bangladesh scored 247 for the loss of six wickets in the stipulated 50 overs.
In reply, India overhauled the winning target in 43 overs making 249 for the loss of four wickets.
Virat Kohli played 95 deliveries in his gritty innings, which was ornamented with 11 strokes across the ropes.
Bangladesh could make a close fight against their mighty opponent but poor fielding special failing to hold catches made the host’s hope go in vain.
India made a modest start losing their first wicket for 64 runs off 11.5 overs. One down Virat Kohli led his team from the frontline and guided his team to anchor in the harbour. Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Kartik, MS Dhoni added 41, 34 and 32 runs respectively to the India total.
Naeem Islam bagged two wickets at the cost of 35 runs while Shakib Al Hasan and Shafiul Islam got one wicket each conceding 58 and 63 runs respectively.
Bangladesh started their Idea Cup campaign with defeat and finished their campaign also with defeat.
India and Sri Lanka will face each other in the final tomorrow which starts at 2.00 PM at the same venue.
Earlier, Bangladesh made a meagre start losing their early five wickets for 95 runs.
Later, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmud Ullah Riyad helped their side to post a modest total. Shakib and Riyad put on together 106 runs in the sixth wicket stand before Shakib was caught behind by MS Dhoni off Ashish Nehra when the team’s total was 201 for the loss of six wickets off 45.2 overs. Shakib hit a captain’s knock of 85 using 97 deliveries amid eight boundaries and one over boundary. Shakib fulfilled his 13th ODI half century playing 75 balls.
Yesterday Tamim Iqbal touched the 2000-run landmark playing 70 ODI matches while Roqibul Hassan and Mushfiqur Rahim scored 1000 runs each playing 40 and 63 ODI games respectively.
After dismissal of Shakib Al Hasan, Naeem Islam came to the crease and Mahmud Ullah Riyad and Naeem contributed together 46 runs for the unbroken seventh wicket partnership.
Riyad remained undefeated with 64 off 80 balls including five fours and one sixer while Naeem Islam hit a 22 (not out) off 14 balls with two fours and a sixer. Riyad made his fourth ODI fifty utilising 69 deliveries.
Ashish Nehra was his team’s most successful bowler. He harpooned Shakib Al Hasan and opener Tamim Iqbal (17).
Mohammad Ashraful played hopelessly and he was clean bowled by Sreesanth scoring the day’s lowest individual score. Ashraful scored just four off nine balls.
Most of the Bangladesh batsmen played aimlessly and callously. Thus they returned to the dressing room with poor individual score. Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmud Ullah Riyad and Naeem Islam earned 93 runs in the last 10 overs and guided their side to make a respectable ODI score.
Ashish Nehra bagged two wickets for 60 runs while Yuvraj Singh, Sudeep Tyagi and Sreesanth took one wicket each in the space of 23, 24 and 53 runs respectively.