First day, first show, a big hit
Mirpur, February 19
Put into bat, India posted a mammoth 370 for 4, with opening batsman Virender Sehwag scoring a cavalier 175 and Virat Kohli remaining unbeaten with 100.
Virender Sehwag unleashed a merciless assault on the hapless Bangladeshi bowlers to notch up his 14th ODI century with a breathtaking array of strokes. Kohli completed his century on the penultimate ball of the innings.
In reply, Bangladesh scored 283 for nine in their 50 overs. Munaf Patel was the most successful bowler with figures of 4 for 48 from his ten overs.
Kohli had his moment of glory in the run deluge by hitting his fifth ODI century as the Delhi duo stitched a rollicking 203 runs for the third wicket on a placid track.
It was a virtual carnage as Sehwag, who defied cramps and batted with a runner after completing his century, and Kohli gave a stunning exhibition of strokeplay to leave the hosts in a daze.
Sehwag hammered as many as 14 boundaries and five sixes during his 140-ball 175 while Kohli's unbeaten 83-ball 100 contained eigth boundaries and two sixes.
Sachin Tendulkar (28) and Gautam Gambhir (39) got the starts but could not capitalise on it, though Tendulkar was distinctly unlucky to be run out.
Sehwag set the tempo by spanking the very first ball off paceman Shafiul Islam through cover to the boundary to begin the innings on a rousing note. He also clobbered the last ball to the boundary as the first over yielded 12 runs.
partner Tendulkar was run out after scoring 28 runs.
After Sehwag completed his century, both batsmen opted for the batting powerplay and virtually plundered runs at will, picking up Shafiul Islam for special treatment by clobbering him for 18 runs in one over. Abdur Razzak also came in for a battering as Sehwag smashed him for two boundaries and a six in one over to accelerate the pace of scoring.
While Sehwag unleashed his strokes, Kohli played orthodox shots at the other end and completed his 13th ODI half century by taking a single off Rubel Hossain. Sehwag created many batting records during his scintillating knock.
It was the highest score by an Indian batsman against Bangladesh, going past Sourav Ganguly's 135 in 2000 and he also surpassed Tendulkar's 141 which till date was the highest individual score in ODIs in Bangladesh. Sehwag fell at the same score that the legendary Kapil Dev had made 28 years ago. — PTI