Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kohli slams century, India set target of 371

Not lagging behind Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli too hit a century off 83 balls to take India's score at 370 during the World Cup opener today at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.  Earlier, stylish Virender Sehwag completed his century, first against Bangladesh and in 2011 World Cup, in 94 balls to propel India towards a big total during the World Cup opener today at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.Sehwag reached the century, his 14th in one-day internationals, with a single behind square off off-spinner Mahmudullah, in front of a stadium packed with 25,000 spectators. He hit nine fours and a six on his way to notch his second hundred in the World Cup.
Record-breaking Sachin Tendulkar was the first wicket to fall at the 2011 World Cup today when he was run-out following a crazy mix-up with opening partner Virender Sehwag against Bangladesh. Tendulkar, on 28,pushed the ball to mid-on and went for a quick single off the fifth ball of the 11th over of the tournament opener but Sehwag failed to respond leaving both men at the non-striker's end.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan threw in for wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim to remove the bails. Bangladesh's Mahmudullah got bowled Gautam Gambhir out on 39 runs to get India's second wicket.
Earlier, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bowl against India. For India, pacer Ashish Nehra are not playing in the Group B encounter due to a back injury.
The others who have failed to make the final playing XI for India are spinners R Ashwin and Piyush Chawla and batsman Suresh Raina.
In Bangladesh team, veteran batsman Mohammad Ashraful has been left out.
India:Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c&wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel.
Bangladesh:Shakib Al Hasan (c), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain.

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