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
MURALI VIJAY ON VIRAT KOHLI TASKIN AHMED ON MISSED CHANCES
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.