India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup at Dhaka, 2012
Prior to the result on Wednesday (India vs Australia, Jaipur ODI), this constituted India’s highest run- chase and came about largely because of the swashbuckling batting of one man who also played a leading role at Jaipur.
Opting to bat, Pakistan were off to a dream start with Mohammed Hafeez (105) and Nasir Jamshed (112) sharing an opening partnership of 224 runs in 35.5 overs. Both fell within a run of each other but the momentum was maintained by Umar Akmal (28 off 24 balls) and Younis Khan (52 off 34 balls) and their third-wicket stand of 48 runs off 6.3 overs.
The Indian bowlers retrieved a little bit of ground towards the end of the innings but Pakistan still apparently held all the aces with a total of 329 for six in 50 overs.
Moreover, Gautam Gambhir’s dismissal for a second-ball duck put intense pressure on the Indian batsmen. Sachin Tendulkar, the old master, and Virat Kohli, the young master, however, raised hopes with a second-wicket stand of 133 in 19.1 overs.
Tendulkar was out for 52 and now it was the turn of Rohit Sharma to keep Kohli company during a third- wicket partnership of 172 runs in 26.2 overs. Rohit who was out for 68 was content to play a supporting role as Kohli simply toyed with the bowling.
By the time he was fourth out at 318 to the first ball of the 48th over, Kohli had ensured an Indian victory which came about with six wickets and 13 balls to spare. Kohli hit 183 off 148 balls with 22 fours and a six.