Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Virat Kohli gets his due

Finally, the Indian new batting sensation Virat Kohli gets his due when he was awarded the man of the match award for his century which guided India to a 6 wicket win over Bangladesh which was expected. Since the start of the tri nation tournament, Virat Kohli has been the man in form for India with scores of 9 against Sri Lanka, 91 against Bangladesh, 71 against Sri Lanka and 102 against Bangladesh yesterday. This was an inconsequential match for both the teams Bangladesh and India but not one for Virat Kohli which saw him earn his maiden man of the match award.

Coming to the game, once again Bangladesh came close to putting up another score in excess of 250 on the board which unfortunately didn't happen. For the 2nd time in the series, Bangladesh missed out on an opportunity to notch up a 250+ score. Had Bangladesh been able to do that, they would have been the first one to do so in the series in case they restrict the opposition from surpassing the total put up by them. And, Bangladesh is the only team in the series to have batted first on all four occasions. Neither India nor Sri Lanka had been able to do this.

Though this is not a feat that can see itself in the record books, such unusual feats are worth mentioning I suppose. And another feat being that Bangladesh have so far not been all out on even one occasion in the series. For that matter, even India have not lost all their ten wickets despite losing a game to Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Sri Lanka in their last encounter were all out for a score of 213 on the board which saw them the first team to have lost all its ten wickets in the series though there is one more match to go - the finals.

Whatever be the stats, Bangladesh have ended yet another tournament without winning even a single game in the series despite some mind blowing performances with Bangladesh so far recorded the highest team total in the tournament when they scored 296 runs against India in their first meeting with the same. They have lost in a better manner compared to what Sri Lanka could manage. Sri Lanka lost its last match to India by 8 wickets when India took the game away from them with 104 balls to spare. All the losses that Bangladesh suffered were after atleast overs were bowled though there was a 9 wicket loss to SL.

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