December 11, 2023
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Virat Kohli’s Milestone Century Powers India to Victory Over Bangladesh

Virat Kohli completed his 48th ODI century as India defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets.

Set 257 was won with 8.3 overs to spare by India with Virat Kohli getting within one point of Sachin Tendulkar’s record for ODI 49 centuries.

India’s Virat Kohli celebrates after reaching his half-century. (Reuters)

Rohit Sharma made an early breakthrough, and Shubman Gill scored 53 before Kohli hit an eight-ball six to secure victory and complete his 100th century.

India remains on top of the table after their fourth successive win, cementing their status at the summit.

Bangladesh elected to bat first and battled hard through their initial innings against India’s new ball attack, led by openers Tanzid Hazan and Liton Das who increased speed to put pressure on India’s attacks.

After reaching 50, Tanzid lost on Kuldeep Yadav after making an over-50.

India began strongly, taking full advantage of their opening batting position; however, India eventually reduced the pace of scoring and took two wickets before Das departed with Bangladesh at 137-4.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah made significant contributions, which kept the match from unraveling completely, though momentum was lost, leading to Bangladesh not reaching their required total to take on India.

Rohit Sharma highlighted this point during India’s reply, hitting two boundaries before continuing his run-scoring spree until two runs short of reaching fifty.

Gill was patient before entering the barrage that extended along his boundary, while Kohli secured two free hits out of three to quickly bring him back into the game.

India decided not to pursue their aggressive start and, once Gill was caught in the deep on ball twenty, adopted a cautious but steady strategy for gaining runs at their pace.

Kohli ensured to keep the sold-out crowd engaged by hitting occasional striking strokes; however, KL Rahul stole the show by pulling Shoriful Islam for six and four.

With Kohli nearing three figures, Rahul was able to hold off until India was close behind; singles were then removed so the former captain might reach three figures.

He accomplished it gracefully, hitting an entire toss from Nasum Ahmed into the leg side to win the match.

Kohli will no doubt earn praise for yet another stunning attack in the chase, yet this act showcased India’s strength across multiple aspects.

Jasprit Bumrah opened up with an explosive opening volley before Mohammed Siraj used the new ball to hoop over, while Bangladesh’s openers desperately battled to get one onto their bats.

Hardik Pandya’s hamstring injury during the ninth over contributed to Bangladesh’s surge of runs. Kohli then came back out and completed it to great fan applause.

However, even with bowlers bowling fast and at full tilt, there was no sign of tension from the home team.

Kuldeep Yadav made his return from injury and Ravindra Jadeja continues to demonstrate why they are considered among the premier fielders worldwide. Kuldeep had returned for just one game, but Ravindra Jadeja once again showed why he is the greatest fielder ever in every game he plays.

Bangladesh was quickly disabused of any initial optimism after Bumrah took out Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah with her sharp bowling and impeccable fielding performances.

India’s top order with the bat is absolutely sensational. Rohit seems determined to break every bowling challenge within five overs; Gill combines speed and control in ways that should make him an iconic figure for years.

Kohli may have shown this video numerous times before, yet that doesn’t diminish its worth or relevance.

Rahul made quick work of breaking through gaps on the field, creating opportunities for him to reach 100 with ease and earn his century. It happened almost effortlessly.

India faces more difficult challenges ahead, yet all indicators suggest they have all of their bases covered as they attempt to end their 12-year wait for an International Cricket Council designation.


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