Mirpur (Dhaka), March 18 (IBNS): Virat Kohli fashioned India's record chase of 330 runs with a career best 183 to beat arch-rivals Pakistan by six wickets in the fifth ODI of the Asia Cup at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here Sunday.
Kohli was well suported by Rohit Sharma (68) and Sachin Tendulkar (52) as India achieved the target of 330 with 2.1 overs to spare. It was India´s successful chase ODIs on a perfect batting strip.
With the chase, India bettered its 2002 Natwest final performance when they had chased down a target of 326 against host England at the Lord´s.
But India were against left at the mercy for Sri Lanka for the second time in three weeks to determine their fate in the tournament. Sri Lanka´s win over Bangladesh in Tuesday´s group match would ensure India a place in final against Pkistan.
The 23-year-old Kohli led the team to another 300 plus run chase within a span of three weeks. The Delhi boy hit an unbeaten 133 as India had achieved a target of 321 making a mockery of Sri Lankan bowlers in 36.4 overs, February 28, in Hobart during the tri-series in Australia.
While chasing Kohli struck his second century of the tournament and 11th of his ODI career, was in his elements and was duly adjudged as the Man of the Match.
Kohli´s two hundred run stand, first with Sachin Tendulkar (133) and then with Rohit (172) turned the tide in India´s favour after they made the worst possible start losing opening batsman Gautam Gambhir without any run on board in the second ball of the innings, trapped lbw by offie Mohammed Hafeez.
Kohli and Tendulkar scored briskly and always kept India ahead of the asking run rate. Tendulkar´s 48-ball knock was studded with five fours and a six.
Kohli, India vice-captain, got his 50 cutting Ajmal for a four through point in 52 balls. Kohli got his 11th ODI hundred in 97 balls.
Kohli and Rohit carted the Pakistani bowlers to all part of the ground with their 172-run stand for the third wicket that took India to the threshold of a magical win. Rohit struck five fours and a six in his 83-ball stay.
Earlier, a double century stand between openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed propelled Pakistan to a massive 329 for six in 50 overs.
Hafeez (105) and Jamshed (112) gave Pakistan a great start with their 224-run stand after skipper Misbah-ul-Haq opted to bat first on a track that offered little assistance to the Indian bowlers.