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Asia: Skipper Virat hits ton, India beat B'desh

Posted on Feb 26 2014 | IBNS

Fatullah, Feb 26 : Indian skipper Virat Kohli played a heroic knock of 136 runs to guide his team to victory against Bangladesh in their opening Asia Cup encounter here on Wednesday.

Chasing Bangladesh's 279 for seven, India reached the target of 280 by losing four wickets in 49 overs.

Kohli smashed 136 off 122 balls. He hit 16 boundaries and two sixes in his knock.

The Indian skipper and Ajinkya Rahane (73) added 213 runs third wicket partnership to cruise India to victory.

As India were on the verge of reaching the target by losing only two wickets, Bangladesh got rid off Kohli and Rahane to leave the opposition scorecard at 272 for four.

India earlier got off to a good start with Rohit Sharma (21) and Shikhar Dhawan (28) adding 50 runs in the opening stand.

Ziaur Rahman gave India the first break through as he bowled out Dhawan in the 12th over.

Spinner Abdur Razzak gave India another jolt as he picked up the wicket of Sharma for 54 for two.

Kohli and Rahane took charge from that point helped the current World Champions, who are missing the service of regular skipper MS Dhoni, register their first victory in the series.

Rubel Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Ziaur Rahman and Sohag Gazi picked up one wicket each for Bangladesh.

Earlier, Bangladesh scored 279 for seven in 50 overs.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim played another memorable knock of 117 runs on Wednesday. His 113-ball knock was laced by seven boundaries and two sixes.

Anamul Haque gave Bangladesh a solid start at the beginning with his 77.

Mohammed Shami picked up four wickets for 50 runs in his 10 overs.

Sri Lanka had begun their campaign in the series with a defeat against Pakistan on Tuesday.

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