Kohli keeps India alive in Tri-series

Reuters

Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 133 as India chased down a mammoth 321-run target in under 37 overs against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Tuesday to stay alive in the one-day international Tri-series.

To retain any hope of qualifying for the best-of-three finals against an already qualified Australia, India needed to reach their target in 40 of the 50 overs allocated to earn a bonus point victory.

India now require hosts Australia to beat Sri Lanka in the last group match in Melbourne on Friday to stay ahead of Sri Lanka on points.

“I will be rooting for Australia on Friday. This is a special feeling, and this is probably my best one-day innings so far,” Kohli said during a pitch-side interview.

“To be able to execute everything I wanted in that situation is really very satisfying.”

Kohli, 23, hit 16 boundaries and two sixes in his 86-ball knock as the 50-over world champions reached 321 for three wickets in 36.4 overs.

The right-hander added 115 runs for the third wicket with Gautam Gambhir (63) and then stitched together 120 runs with Suresh Raina (40 not out) for the unbroken fourth wicket to ensure India won with a bonus point.

Openers Virender Sehwag (30) and Sachin Tendulkar (39), who once again failed in his bid to score his 100th international ton, provided a brisk start for India but it was left to Kohli to guide the team to victory.

SUBLIME STROKEPLAY

The Delhi batsman displayed some sublime strokeplay and was particularly severe on paceman Lasith Malinga (one for 96), whom he hit for 24 runs in an over, including a six and four boundaries in consecutive deliveries.

“I committed a few mistakes in the last games. I was hitting the ball pretty well until I was getting to 20. I was trying to middle every ball, which is not possible in international cricket,” Kohli said.

“I told myself to just play myself in, and stick in there no matter what… and it paid off.

“I have the self-belief that if you keep working hard and keep the mind in the game and stay positive and get in the face of the opposition, results are going to come.”

Earlier, centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara powered Sri Lanka to 320 for four.

Dilshan (160 not out) equalled his highest score in one-day internationals and added 200 for the second wicket with Sangakkara (105) after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni opted to field after winning the toss.

Sangakkara was the more attacking of the duo and his 13th one-day hundred was studded with eight boundaries and two sixes, coming off 87 balls.

Dilshan was watchful at the start but opened up after completing his 11th hundred. He hit 11 boundaries and three sixes during his 165-ball stay at the wicket.

The Indian bowlers looked listless and erred in both line and length, making it easier for the two former Sri Lanka captains to prosper at the crease.

  • http://tgrtrustforpeople.blogspot.com muhammadh rikzy

    please dont accuse the players saying that the defeat is due to a match fixing crime without any evidents. this can harm the mentality of the players.

  • Priyantha

    Malinga stopped playing Test cricket not becuase he has injuries but he wanted to play for, for example, IPL, etc

    Now it is written somewhere, I quote ” No bowler has ever conceded a higher rate of runs in an ODI stint of at least five overs than the 12.52 given up by Lasith Malinga in his 1-96 against India” quoting ends. This is most toothless bowling by anyone!

    I think Maliga should be rested for Aus match. Play a new guy!

  • karthick

    Indian bowlers erred and I agree that . It is tough to bowl first instead of bowl second. Sri lanka also gave 280 runs when they bowled first agains AUS. India have batted second in all the innings and that is a very difficult for any good team like SL and AUS also. India might have batted first in few matches might have gone to the final. need to think abt this scenario.
    “The Indian bowlers looked listless and erred in both line and length, making it easier for the two former Sri Lanka captains to prosper at the crease”
    How about srilankan bowling boss..Just think abt the last match…

  • mohamed nuski

    i kindly request to sri lanka cricket board that please remove these all players from cricket team and bring under 19 young school boys to play for sri lanka even they loss no problem us . we getting shame to say we are from sri lanka by these peoples loss all the matches. i dont understand how they going in front of media to speak

    dear President of cricket board
    please save our and our country dignity at least in future

  • Rizy

    I don’t know what the hell is going on. I thought SL would win

  • gihan

    I dont know whether it was fixed but im damn sure Australians wanted India to win and The Hobart pitch was made like a sick T20 pitch where Indians are only good in! India to hide their odi and test inability they always pick on Sri lanka with a bloody pitch with SHORT BOUNDARIES! I doubt whether even dilshan read the pitch! They should have known whts India planning to get into finals or to leave Australia with a smile! Carnage always comes to us from India! Why the Hell cant they play well aganst Australia. because for their matches the home team wll not have pitches ad boundaries that benefit India! India cheap cheating ass shit indian cricket!

  • http://tgrtrustforpeople.blogspot.com muhammadh rikzy

    we cant blame san’kara and dilshan because they did there best but the bowlers were to blame because they wasnt able adjust to the situation. because they didnt get any support from the pitch they kept on balling slower balls which made it easy for the batsmen to predict and adjust. 320 was a glood score to defend with an inform bowling line up but due to the pitch conditions and short boundries offered on Horbart it was a difficult task. CRICKET IS ALWAYS UNPREDICTABLE ANY TEAM CAN WIN AT ANYTIME so lets think of winning the upcoming match against the AUSSIES.
    WE NEED TO DROP HERATH HE IS ECONOMICAL BUT HE ISNT A STRIKE BOWLER SO WE NEED TO GIVE SENANAYAKE A CHANCE. DROPING SENANAYAKE AFTER AN ACCEPTIONAL ALLROUND PERFORMANCE ISNT FAIR. it is a very good performance from him as a substitute fielder saved about 20 runs.

  • karthick

    We, india, played as WC

  • PremasiriS

    Our youngsters have been wasted down in the batting order, Aging S’kara & Dilshan with their lethargic foot-work wasted many deliveries going at up-front. This has been the trend even before the last WC. Many a past National players have raised their voice about this vital change, because youngsters have to be groomed at these most vital positions of the batting order. In fact we were 50 runs short on that flat wicket, we could have easily achieved that target by sending quick-footed Chandimal, Mathews & Thirimanne at No. 3,4 &5 positions respectively. Those 3 have been quality players, maintaining consistency from the age of 15. Therefore overcoming of any tough situation isn’t that difficult for them. After all 3 seniors have been very inconsistent throughout their careers particularly on their away tours.

  • Match Fixer

    This match was fixed from the begging. Someone will lose $$$$$ for given LBW for Sachin Tendulkar. He was set up to get his 100th hundred yesterday. Did you see how Sachin panicked in the dressing room? Why Sanga was so silent behind the stumps? Malinga keep bowling full tosses in the leg stump without any fielder. Why Maharoof was shown a backpain? He will play Friday for sure. Why Herath bowled 4 overs?

    • anura

      yes sl sele match because ipl india.