Virat Kohli powers India Colts to 265

Published: Friday, February 22, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: A superbly paced century from Virat Kohli (100 off 74, 10X4s&4X6s), helped India Colts post a healthy 265/5 against Windies in the ICC U-19 World Cup Group-B tie at Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Skipper Virat blasted 100 off just 74 balls studded with 10 hits to the fence and four over it and shared a brisk 111-run stand with Saurabh Tiwary for the fourth wicket. In-form top-order batsmen Turwar Kohli and Tanmay Srivastava crafted a solid 50 and 51 respectively.

The duo steered India to an impressive total after they had lost two quick wickets leaving 'em in some sort of bother at 116/3 in 28 overs.

Earlier, after being sent in to bat, India lost Goswami in the second over of the match. The wicketkeeper-batsman was rapped on the back foot off a straigter one on middle and leg-stump line from Grant. Srivastava and Turwar staged a wonderful recovery act with a 102-run stand for the second wicket.

The left hand-right hand pair milked runs off the Windies seamers. Especially Dawes who was erractic in line and length, while his partner Grant was smashed around the park.

Turwar, who like former India batsman Srikkanth and Gayle seemed to be jinxed in fifties, holed to Jacobs off leggie Shamroh Brookes immediatly after reaching fifty. His 84-ball knock, including four boundary hits, saw India placed comfortably at 105/2 in 27 overs.

In the following over Tanmay was dismissed run out. UP southpaw failed to beat Dawes' throw after trying to steal a risky second run.

From then on it was Virat who stole the show with a flurry of lusty hittng. He pulled, cover drove, cut the bolwers all round the park. The India skipper meted some savage treatment to his opposite number. He sent Brooks' out of the attack belting him for 23 runs including two towering sixes-one over long-on a towering one and the other even better one an inside-out shot over extra-cover.

Saurabh Tiwary at the other end was content watching his skipper play a brutal innings. The Kolkata-born Jharkhand batsman made a sedate 53-ball 32. 

Delhi Ranji Trophy player's breathtaking innings was ended when Bravo (Jr) held on to a fine catch on the long-off fence off Dawes.

The Windies new-ball bowler Grant returned with 2 for 56 in 10 while Brookes and Dawes took a wicket apiece.

Brief Scores:

India Colts 265/5 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 100, Tanmay Srivastava 51, Turwar Kohli 50, Saurabh Tiwary 38; Grant 2 for 56, Dawes 1 for 56) Vs Windies Colts.




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