9Asia Cup 2016
What set this match and the chase apart from others is the fact that with just forty-nine runs in the kitty, India had to chase down a target of 249 in Mirpur. It is not so much that the target was huge but it was if chased down by a single batsman with the others playing a supporting role. Soon it was only a matter of time before he notched up 109 runs off ninety-five balls, and in short time at that.
As a result of this brilliant performance, India won the match with six wickets to spare, and the remarkable part about this is that this particular pitch was alleged to be an extremely slow pitch, making the target all the more harder to reach. But Kohli proved it wrong. He was more than up to the challenge and did it in record time as well.
While the Bangladesh team managed to notch up a good total with both their skipper and Mamudulla each scoring a fifty, it was the fact that the Indian team was finding it hard to score well on the pitch that made Kohli’s century stand out.
When it comes to slow pitches, they are notoriously hard to score boundaries and even to place the balls, and the Mirpur pitch certainly lived up to expectations of what can happen on a slow pitch. Despite this handicap which made stroke playing harder, Kohli managed to time his shots with both elegance and enormous power and soon notched up this century, taking India to a win. . .