Asia Cup Cricket
March 18, 2012 by staff
Asia Cup Cricket, Virat Kohli smashed a blistering 183 off 148 balls as India produced their highest ever run chase to beat Pakistan by six-wickets on Sunday and keep alive their hopes of reaching the Asia Cup final.
Chasing a daunting total of 330, India pulled off a thrilling victory with 13 balls to spare thanks to Kohli, who notched up his third one-day century in four matches.
Rohit Sharma (68) and Sachin Tendulkar (52) also chipped in as India surpassed their previous highest successful run chase of 326-8 against England in 2002.
Kolhi belted 22 boundaries and one six while Tendulkar and Sharma also clobbered the Pakistani bowlers, with each hitting five fours and a six.
Pakistan qualified for Thursday’s final despite losing to India as they had earlier registered wins against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, earning a bonus point in the process.
India must now hope Sri Lanka, who have already been eliminated, beat Bangladesh in the final round robin match on Tuesday if they are to go through to the final.
India’s Asia Cup campaign suffered a setback following their shock five-wicket defeat by Bangladesh on Friday, meaning that the hosts will go through to the final if they beat Sri Lanka as head-to-head results are taken into account before net run rate.
India’s dazzling batting display on Sunday completely overshadowed the 224-run opening partnership by Pakistan’s Nasir Jamshed (112) and Mohammad Hafeez (105).
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