Virat Kohli hits classy century as India brush aside Bangladesh


Kohli held the chase together after a strong start from the India openers, finishing 103* from 97 balls and reaching his hundred with a six to wrap up the win.

Kohli's 48th ODI ton lifts India to solid win | Match Highlights | CWC23

Match highlights as Virat Kohli slammed an unbeaten 103 from 97 balls in Pune to set up India's emphatic win over Bangladesh at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023

Kohli’s role wasn’t just limited to the match-defining contribution with the bat, as he also made a rare appearance with the ball, sending down three medium-pace deliveries after Hardik Pandya suffered an injury.

Victory for India leaves them joint top of the table with New Zealand, with both teams having won all four of their games to date and the Kiwis in top spot thanks to a superior net run rate.

India made a rapid start in search of their target of 257, hitting 63 without loss in the first powerplay, with Rohit looking in particularly excellent form as he raced to 37 from his first 33 balls.

Hasan Mahmud helped relieve some of the pressure when he dismissed the Indian skipper just short of a half-century, with Rohit caught for 48.

But Kohli’s arrival did little to slow the scoring, with the number three slamming two early boundaries to ramp up the run rate.

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Shubman Gill reached a classy half-century before departing for 53 to Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

But Shreyas Iyer and Kohli steadied the ship to help India to 161/2 at the midway point of their allocated overs, well in control of the chase.

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Winning moment as Virat Kohli reached a century and clinched the win for India over Bangladesh at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023

Kohli became the second Indian batter to reach a half-century as he dominated the Bangladesh attack, with KL Rahul joining him out in the middle after Iyer was caught off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

And the pair took India home with 51 balls still remaining.

Shubman Gill finds touch with fine fifty for India | CWC23

India opener Shubman Gill kickstarted the chase with a half-century against Bangladesh at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023

Rahul finished on an unbeaten run-a-ball 34, but the end of innings was dominated by Kohli, as the pair combined to give Kohli enough of the strike to reach his hundred - a third Cricket World Cup century in his remarkable career.

India openers make fast start in pursuit of Bangladesh total | CWC23

India openers make fast start in pursuit of Bangladesh total | CWC23

Earlier, Bangladesh's stand-in skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto called it right at the toss and chose to bat first, revealing that his side were without two key players, with both Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin Ahmed ruled out through injury.

But a weakened Tigers team got off to an impressive start thanks to openers Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das.

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Litton Das and Tanzid Tamim got off to a brisk start against India in Pune.

After a careful opening five overs that yielded just ten runs, the Bangladesh openers picked up the pace and built a sizeable partnership to set a decent platform for their side.

With India struggling to create chances, the host nation suffered an additional scare when Hardik Pandya hurt his ankle while trying to stop a ball in his run-up, and was taken off the field.

Kohli completed Pandya’s over, much to the delight of the Pune crowd.

Pune crowd erupts as Kohli bowls against Bangladesh | CWC23

Pune crowd erupts as Kohli bowls against Bangladesh | CWC23

But all-rounder Pandya did not bowl again in the innings and was taken for scans on his injury, which could be a concern for India as the tournament progresses.

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Hasan Mahmud bowled back-to-back no balls before finally delivering a legitimate delivery. Virat Kohli smashed a two, four and six off these three balls.

India regrouped in the second powerplay, and, as they have often done in this tournament, the India tweakers stemmed the flow of runs and provided crucial breakthroughs.

Kuldeep Yadav struck first to trap Tanzid lbw in the 15th over for an impressive 51 from 43 balls.

And it was Ravindra Jadeja's turn to provide the next blow, as he got skipper Najmul (8) trapped in front in the 20th over.

Aggressive Tanzid fifty boosts Bangladesh run-rate | CWC23

Batting highlights as Tanzid Hasan Tamim got Bangladesh off to a solid start against India at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023

Bangladesh’s strong start continued to unravel as Rohit returned to his pacers, with Mehidy Hasan Miraz (3) falling to a brilliant catch from KL Rahul off Mohammed Siraj in the 25th over.

Between the tenth over and the mid-innings mark, Bangladesh had added just 68 runs for the loss of three crucial wickets. And the heightened run rate pressure eventually got to Das, who hit a Jadeja delivery to long-off in the 28th over to depart for a top-scoring 66.

Litton Das' composed fifty lifts Bangladesh to strong total | CWC23

Batting highlights as Litton Das attacked India with a flurry of boundaries for Bangladesh at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023

India’s seamers came back to restrict Bangladesh’s late push in the death overs, with Shardul Thakur removing the limpet-like Towhid Hridoy for a 35-ball 16.

And Bumrah took the key wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim for 38 to hurt the Tigers’ chances of a late flurry.

Siraj, returning after a scare over a finger injury, removed Nasum Ahmed as the innings approached its close.

But the excellent Mahmudullah boosted Bangladesh to a total that at least gave the team’s bowlers something to work with, slamming 46 from 36 balls, before being cleaned up by a brilliant Bumrah delivery in the final over of the innings.

Rahul, Jadeja catches lift India in Pune | CWC23

Excellent catches from KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja exemplified India's hard work in the field.

Finishing on 256/8, Bangladesh’s bowlers had plenty of work to do, and were unable to stop a dominant Indian top five from steaming to a comfortable win.

A third loss in a row leaves Bangladesh with little margin for error in the race for a crucial top-four finish.

Rohit (265 runs) and Kohli (259) now lead the way as the top two run-scorers in the tournament, with Bumrah (10) trailing just New Zealander Mitch Santner in the wicket-taking charts.

**India squad:**Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

Bangladesh squad: Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Nasum Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam

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