India Vs Pakistan 2012
March 18, 2012 by staff
India Vs Pakistan 2012, What he did at Hobart against the Lankans was ridiculously awe-inspiring and what he did here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur against arch rivals Pakistan is nothing less than breathtakingly grand. He powered India to their highest run chase since the epic Natwest Series final against England way back in 2002. He became the joint highest scorer in a successful Indian chase. His 183 off 148 balls is the sixth highest individual score by an Indian in ODIs and he is just 23 years old who already has 11 centuries to his name.
Chasing a mammoth target of 330 to stay alive in the tournament, Virat Kohli’s magnificent 183 off 148 ably supported by Rohit Sharma’s 68 (83b) and Sachin Tendulkar’s 52 (48b) propelled India to an improbable 6 wickets victory after Pakistan had posted 329 courtesy a double century partnership between Mohammed Hafeez 105 (113b) and Nasir Jamshed 112 (104b) and a quick fire 52 off 34 balls from Younis Khan later in the innings.
Aggressive, brash, arrogant have been the monikers for Kohli’s personality, but it is the innings like this one and one at Hobart that would make the above adjuncts a part of his batting ability, skill and talent. Coming at No.3 he has the best avg. for any player while batting second for his team in ODIs; even better than a certain Hanise Cronje.
Even today his aggression was evident as he pulled belligerently one Aizaz Cheema short one to deep extra cover. It took him just fraction of a second to rock back and swirl around as he executed the pull with disdain.
He showed his brashness in the last ball of the 37th over, the second over of the batting powerplay; Umar Gul had bowled a superb over conceding just four of the fist 5 balls, and an evidently perturbed Kohli winded up on a pitched up delivery and smacked it over the bowler’s head for four.
The arrogance of Kohli came in the 4th over as he shuffled across and whipped a good delivery towards deep square leg. It was not more than push but the deep fielder had no chance of cutting that off.
Coming in at No.3 in the very first over after he had a tough time in the pitch colliding hard with Raina and then banging his head on the ground after a catch, Kohli was like a man possessed and even match up to the Matser himself, Sachin Tendulkar, stroke to stroke. And mind you, Sachin was playing at his best, not the form he had two days earlier against Bangladesh, but it was vintage Tendulkar on show with the trademark cover drive with spick and span timing and those astonishing backfoot pushes that only he could execute. Needing a run rate of over 6 to overhaul the target, the duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli milked runs with precision, amassing 133 runs between them in just 115 balls with a run rate of 6.93. And this was no ordinary bowling attack – it was the spin trio of World best ODI bowler Saeed Ajmal, the dangerous Shahid Afridi and the wily Mohammed Hafeez.
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