Virat’s special gives India a record chase & victory against Pakistan
Virat Kohli went on to make his career best 183 runs in ODI's as India defeated Pakistan in a match in Asia Cup chasing down 329 runs.
Indian bowlers were bowling their heart out but when the total reached 200 runs on the board for no loss for Pakistan it looked like a one sided affair. Jamsheed and Hafeez both were batting with ease and scored freely whacking fours and sixes. The duo made tons as the 1st wicket fell at 224 runs as wicket was taken by Ashwin. In the very next over Hafeez was trapped in his pads by Dinda and went back to the pavilion as India had sent back both the Pakistan openers back to the pavilion. Umar Akmal was looking good and scored at good pace but got out making 28 of 24 balls in the company of Younis Khan who made 52 runs in just 34 balls and as he saw wickets tumble at the other end but Pakistan managed a huge score of 329 for the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs.
The target was a big and a challenging one specially when everyone talked about a good Pakistan bowling line up. The Indian openers went on to start the run chase but Gambhir fell in the 2nd ball of the innings. It was no looking back thereon as Sachin was joined by Virat Kohli and as they did in the previous game against Bangladesh the Great Indian run chase began. Sachin was timing the balls perfectly and Virat Kohli was not in the mood to spare any bowler. Sachin Tendulkar played a beauty and in company of Virat Kohli went on to make a good 52 runs of 48 balls with 5 fours and a huge 6.
Even as Sachin fell, Virat Kohli continued to play on while Rohit Sharma looked to score from the other end. None of the bowlers managed to ball a good ball at Virat Kohli. Virat was just unstoppable and found gaps with ease, scoring singles and two's even taking three's at times and reached his 50 in no time. He then made his way to score yet another 100, the 11th ODI hundred of his career and was looking in supreme touch. Virat Kohli did not end here, he just went after the Pakistan bowlers and did not allow anyone to settle down. He kept on piling up runs and Rohit Sharma at the other end was happy playing second fiddle watching the champions bat at the other end. Virat Kohli then went on to make 150 runs as he was hungry for more. The asking rate was going at about 8 rpo but that did not bother Virat-Rohit much. They just went on and on even hitting huge sixes of the Pakistani bowlers who were looking helpless on the field.
As the target was approaching it looked as if Virat Kohli would hit a double century. He could have done it had he scored every single runs of that 25 runs still remaining to make. Rohit Sharma too had reached his 50 and things were looking to ease down for India. Rohit got out trying to hit out one but mis timed it as Raina came in played some good shots and took India closer to victory. Virat Kohli wanted to stay on till the end but he eventually got out making mammoth 183 runs, which was his highest score in his ODI career. What a great innings Virat Kohli had played. Raina hit a six and a four as Dhoni came in and hit the winning four and India chased down the highest total by them in ODI history and won against Pakistan.
Virat Kohli was awarded as Man of the Match award for his yet another brilliant knock.
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