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Sehwag, Kohli power India to 370/4 vs B'desh

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Published: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 17:34 [IST]
 
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Sehwag, Kohli power India to 370/4

Indian batsmen Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli gave the Bangaldeshi bowlers no quarter as they plundered the attack to take India to a mammoth 370/4 in 50 overs. Sehwag made 175 off 140 balls with 14 fours and 5 sixes and Virat Kohli rendered him excellent support, notching up an unbeaten 100 off 83 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes.

With the half-way stage behind them, India continued to motor along without any problems. While Virat Kohli settled in, Sehwag kept the boundaries coming, taking the side to 194/3 in 30 overs. It was not long before Sehwag reached his century, off just 94 balls. India then immediately crossed 200/2 in 31.2 overs. In the 33rd over, Kohli got stuck into Naeem Islam, sending the off-spinner for three fours as India climbed to 219/2.

In the 35th over, India took the batting powerplay, with Sehwag pinging back Shafiul for a four in the first ball. Then he ran three twos before leathering Shafiul for a six to round off the over as the score scaled to an ominous 241/2 in 35 overs. Sehwag then went after Abdur Razzak, carting him for two fours and a six, to take India past 250. Virat notched up his 50 off just 46 balls in the 38th over. Looking to cut loose again, Sehwag clobbered Islam for a six. In the 42nd over, Sehwag took a two off Mahmudullah to bring up his 150. Then Kohli knocked a six and four off Mahmudullah to bring up India's 300 in just the 42nd over.

Two overs later, India was 319/2. With sixes coming from both Kohli and Sehwag, India moved to 340/2 in 46 overs. The side's 350 came up courtesy a wide from Rubel Hossain. Finally, in the 48th over, Shakib Al Hasan bowled Sehwag for 175 off 140 balls. With just three balls remaining in the innings, Kohli reached his century off 83 balls. Yusuf Pathan was dismissed off the last ball as India finsihed at 370/4.

India were moving along smoothly at the half-way stage in their innings, reaching 160/2. Sehwag was not out on 83 and Virat Kohli had just joined him. Sachin Tendulkar was run out on 28 and Gambhir was bowled by Mahmudullah for 39.

India's innings began in blazing fashion with Virender Sehwag hitting the first and last ball of Shafiul Islam in the first over for fours through the covers and taking two doubles in between. Tendulkar also got off the mark with a boundary, coming in the second over before Sehwag joined in with another four. Then in the third over, two more boundaries came off Tendulkar's bat.

Four overs later, Rubel Hossain got Sehwag to bend his back several times, by bowling bouncers to unsettle him. But Tendulkar struck Abdur Razzak for a boundary to bring up India's 50 in the 9th over. Then Sehwag dominated Razzak, taking 2 fours off him in the 11th over. However, in the same over, there was a horrible mix-up between the batsmen and Tendulkar was run out for 28 off 29. India were 69/1 in 10.5 overs with Gautam Gambhir the new man at the crease.

In the 14th over, Sehwag spiked Razzak for a six to bring up his fifty and shortly afterward, India moved past 100/1. After 20 overs, India were 129/1. Three overs later, India had brought up its 150, but soon afterward Gambhir was bowled by Mahmadullah for 39 off 39 and India had slipped to 152/2 in 23.2 overs. India then climbed to 160/2 in 25 overs.

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