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Bangladesh vs India, Tri-series: Dhoni, Kohli Fashion Six Wicket Win For India

By on January 8, 2010

India 297 for 4 (Dhoni 101*, Kohli 91) beat Bangladesh 296 for 6 (Kayes 70, Mahmudullah 60*, Tamim 60) by six wickets…

Mahendra Singh Dhoni led from the front with a crafty unbeaten 101 as India recovered from early jolt to register comprehensive six-wicket win over Bangladesh in the third match of the cricket tri-series here on Thursday.

Chasing 297 for victory under lights, India were precariously placed at 51 for three before Dhoni combined with Virat Kohli (91) and Suresh Raina (51 not out off 43) to steer the team to victory with 15 balls to spare.

Dhoni not only notnched up his seventh ODI century but paced his innings brilliantly to share a 152-run foruth wicket stand with Kohli to put India on course of the victory.

Dhoni, who was let off on 61 and struck nine fours in his 107-ball knock, got admirable support from young Kohli, who hit seven fours during his 102-ball knock.

India, however, were dealt with some early blows by the Bangladeshi bowlers as openers Gautam Gambhir (18), Virender Sehwag (1) and Yuvraj Singh (1) all feel cheaply inside the first nine overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Suresh Raina, who hit five fours and a six during his unbeaten knock, hit the winning runs a boundary to take India to 297 for four to the stunned silence of 25,000-odd Bangladesh supporters.

Young Kohli, who hit his fourth ODI fifty in his 17th match, was unlucky to miss out on his second hundred by nine runs as he was caught and bowled by Bangladesh captain Sakib al Hasan in the 35th over.

Earlier, Indian bowlers continued their unimpressive show with a patchy performance as Bangladesh posted a challenging 296 for six in their second match of the Idea Cup tri-nation.

Surprisingly electing to bat after winning the toss apparently due to less prospect of due at night, the home team capitalised on the Indian bowlers’ ordinary performance to register their fifth highest one-day score in the day-nighter at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium here.

Imrul Kayes top-scored with 70 off 100 balls with the help of five fours and a six while his opening partner Tamim Iqbal made a quick 42-ball 60 which was studded with 10 fours and a six.

Mahmadullah Riyad used his long handle to great effect towards the end with a quickfire 45-ball 60 to pile up 88 runs in the last 10 overs and take Bangladesh to the huge score.

Philem Dipak Singh, Yahoo News…

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