Tons of Domination

Kohli (111*) and Vi­jay (108) score cen­turies as In­dia bully Bangladesh into sub­mis­sion on Day 1 He has taken his game to a dif­fer­ent level. End of the day, you can see we are 354 (356) and I thought 340 would be great. The 10-20 runs ex­tra just hap­pened b

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games - Shamya Das­gupta


Aclassy cen­tury from M Vi­jay and his 178-run as­so­ci­a­tion with Chetesh­war Pu­jara first, and then an ex­cep­tional un­beaten 111 in 141 balls from Vi­rat Kohli made Day 1 of the one-off Test be­tween In­dia and Bangladesh in Hy­der­abad on Thurs­day all about the home team. Hav­ing won the toss and opted to bat on a hard Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium pitch, In­dia sur­vived a cou­ple of close calls and then lost some wick­ets against the run of play be­fore tak­ing con­trol again cour­tesy Kohli to end on 356 for 3.

That in­flated to­tal was pos­si­ble be­cause of the cap­tain, as Kohli walked in at the end of a long part­ner­ship for the sec­ond wicket and took the game by the scruff of its neck in the way only he can. He mid­dled al­most ev­ery­thing thrown his way, and mixed delicate dabs and flicks with pow­er­ful cuts that seemed to gather speed as the field­ers tried to cut them off. Though Kohli came i n only i n t he 51st over, with less than 40 left in the day, in no time he was past his 50. From there to the cen­tury, and be­yond, was a lot of bril­liant stroke­play and ex­cel lent r un­ning, e speci a l ly once he got Ajinkya Ra­hane as his part­ner. Ra­hane was back in the XI af­ter an in­jury layoff in place of Karun Nair, who scored an un­beaten triple cen­tury in In­dia’s last Test against Eng­land but had to make way.

Kohli was all class and au­thor­ity, with, pos­si­bly, the idea of bat-on­ce­but-bat-big at the back of his mind. Pick­ing up wick­ets on the first day wasn’t easy, and it might not be too dif­fer­ent at least for the next two days. Given that, Kohli’s dom­i­nant dis­play — he hit 12 fours — was ex­actly what In­dia needed on the day and what Bangladesh would hap­pily have done with­out. His cen­tury came up off 130 balls and he looks good for quite a few more. The stand be­tween Kohli and Ra­hane, un­beaten on 45 in 60 balls, was worth 122 runs by close of play, scored in just 105 min­utes. In­dia added 150 runs in 32 overs in the third ses­sion, with the con­cept of down­ing the shut­ters non-ex­is­tent, as six runs — in­clud­ing a four from Kohli — were scored even in the fi­nal over of the day. Ra­hane was im­pres­sive enough on his in­ter­na­tional come­back too.

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