Virat Kohli struck a magnificent unbeaten century to lead India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the 2023 Cricket World Cup on Thursday, October 19. Kohli’s 103-ball 97 was the bedrock of India’s chase of 257, as they cruised to victory with 10 balls to spare.
Kohli’s Century guides India to victory
Virat Kohli came to the crease after India had lost two early wickets, but he showed no signs of nerves as he began to build his innings. He timed the ball beautifully and found the gaps with ease, and by the time he reached his half-century in 64 balls, India was well on their way to victory.
Virat Kohli continued to accelerate after reaching his half-century, and he brought up his century in style with a six over long-on. He remained unbeaten on 97 until the end, and his innings was the highlight of India’s batting performance.
India’s clinical performance
India’s performance against Bangladesh was clinical in all aspects of the game. The bowlers bowled with discipline and accuracy to restrict Bangladesh to a manageable score of 256/8. The batsmen then chased down the target with ease, losing just three wickets along the way.
Kohli’s return to form.
Kohli’s century was a welcome return to form for the former India captain. He had been struggling for runs in recent months, but he found his touch against Bangladesh. Kohli’s innings was a mixture of aggression and caution, and he played some delightful shots.
India’s Bowlers set up the win.
India’s bowlers had also played a key role in setting up the win, after they had restricted Bangladesh to 256/8. Hardik Pandya was ruled out of the match with an ankle injury, but the rest of the Indian bowlers stepped up to the challenge.
Mohammed Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers, with figures of 3/38. Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal also picked up two wickets each, and India’s bowlers did a good job of containing the Bangladeshi batsmen.
Kohli’s Century leads India to victory
Kohli was in fine form from the start, hitting 13 fours and a six in his 100-ball innings. He was particularly severe on the Bangladeshi bowlers in the middle overs, racing to his century in just 97 balls.
Kohli’s innings helped India chase down Bangladesh’s total of 256 with ease. India reached the target with 51 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand.
In addition to Kohli, there were also good contributions from Shubman Gill (110) and Rohit Sharma (62). Gill and Sharma put on a 103-run opening partnership for India, which laid the foundation for the victory.
India’s victory over Bangladesh was a comprehensive one, and they were the better team on the day. Kohli’s century was the highlight of the match, but India’s bowlers also played a key role in setting up the win.