Kohli half century gives India the edge

Javinder Singh | cricket20

Virat Kohli scored a vital half century to help India set Afghanistan a run chase of 160 in their opening t20 World Cup group match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Kohli scored four boundaries and two sixes to rescue India after they got off to a poor start to leave Afghanistan facing a target of 159-5 to chase down in order to pull of an amazing victory.

Having been put into bat, India lost Gautam Gambhir (10) and Virender Sehwag (8) early on after Shapoor Zadran (2-33) struck twice inside the opening 5th overs to leave India 22-2.

Yuvraj Singh (18) quickly followed as the Afghan’s looked to put pressure on the Indian’s but a number of dropped catches allowed Kohli and Suresh Raina to build a 4th wicket partnership of 46.

Despite the loss of Kohli, Raina and MS Dhoni (18) helped push India’s total past 150 to leave Afghanistan with a lot of work to do with the bat against India’s pace attack.

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