Ton-up Kohli stars as India overwhelm Bangladesh in World Cup
Virat Kohli's unbeaten century sealed India's fourth win from four World Cup matches as the hosts defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets on Thursday with the star batsman closing in on Sachin Tendulkar's record for ODI hundreds.
India vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup
India 261/3 (41.3 ov)
Bangladesh 256/8 (50 ov)
Result - India won by 7 wickets
Kohli reached his century and ended the match in style with a six against spinner Nasum Ahmed when he needed three runs to complete his century and India two more runs to reach a target of 257.
They got there with more than eight overs to spare, finishing on 261-3.
Kohli's 48th one-day international century left him just one shy of equalling India great Tendulkar's all-time record of 49 hundreds at this level.
Kohli faced 97 balls, including six fours and four sixes, with this century his third score in excess of fifty in four innings following contributions of 85 and 55 not out in recent pool wins over Australia and Afghanistan.
But for Bangladesh, a third defeat in four matches left them with an uphill struggle to qualify for the semi-finals.
Chants of "Kohli!, Kohli!" rang round a crowd of over 33,000 as the former captain reached his third World Cup hundred and second against Bangladesh in style.
"I wanted to make a big contribution," said player of the match Kohli at the presentation ceremony.
"I've had a few fifties in World Cups and haven't converted them so I just wanted to finish the game off this time around," added Kohli, who played alongside Tendulkar in India's 2011 World Cup-winning team.
The stage was set for Kohli by an opening partnership of 88 between India skipper Rohit Sharma (48) and Shubman Gill (53).
Rohit signalled India's intentions with a second-ball cover-driven four off Shoriful Islam as Bangladesh bowling coach Allan Donald, the former South Africa spearhead, looked on.
Rohit, fresh from scores of 131 and 86 against Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively, hooked Hasan Mahmud for a huge six only to hole out when trying to repeat the shot next ball.
Bangladesh Fall of wickets: 1-93 (Tanzid Hasan - 14.4 ov), 2-110 (Najmul Hossain Shanto - 19.6 ov), 3-129 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz - 24.1 ov), 4-137 (Litton Das - 27.4 ov), 5-179 (Towhid Hridoy - 37.2 ov), 6-201 (Mushfiqur Rahim - 42.3 ov), 7-233 (Nasum Ahmed - 46.5 ov), 8-248 (Mahmudullah - 49.2 ov)
India Fall of wickets: 1-88 (Rohit Sharma - 12.4 ov), 2-132 (Shubman Gill - 19.2 ov), 3-178 (Shreyas Iyer - 29.1 ov)
INDIA - Rohit Sharma(C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
BANGLADESH - Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto(C), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim(WK), Mahmudullah, Nasum Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
Date - 2023-10-19 08:30:00
Venue - Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Toss - Bangladesh elected to bat
Umpires - Adrian Holdstock (South Africa), Richard Kettleborough(England), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka TV)
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