Raina, Kohli hit half-centuries as India put up 178/4


Mirpur: Virat Kohli hit a smashing 74 and was ably complemented by Suresh Raina as India overcame early jitters to post a commendable 178 for four against England in the second and final warm-up game of the ICC World T20 Championships on Wednesday.

Raina smashed his way to a 31-ball-54 while Kohli was unbeaten on 74 off 48 balls as the duo added 81 runs in 8.5 overs after England left the 2007 champions tottering at 39 for three in the first six overs.

The turnaround happened when Kohli and Raina suddenly took off in the 13th over bowled by left-arm spinner Stephen Parry and the 15th bowled by medium pacer Ravi Bopara which yielded 17 and 19 runs respectively.

India scored 105 runs in the last 10 overs as Kohli and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (21 not out) added 51 runs in only 5.1 overs. The final over bowled by Tim Bresnan produced 17 runs with Kohli hitting him for three crisp boundaries. He hit eight in all.

Put into bat, Rohit Sharma (5) was out mistiming a pull shot as a delivery from Dernbach kept climbing on him and the skier was taken at deep fine leg boundary by Alex Hales.


Shikhar Dhawan (14) bisected the off-side field twice before a powerful drive hit uppishly was taken by James Tredwell diving to his right in the cover region. Yuvraj Singh (1) had a bad day in office as he got an under-edge trying to pull a back of the length delivery from Chris Jordan to be taken by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

In the six Powerplay overs, India had lost three wickets for 39 runs when Kohli and Raina joined forces.

Both punished the spinners using their feet to good effect while seamers were dispatched to the boundary whenever they erred in length.

Raina lofted Stuart Broad straight over his head for a boundary having hit Jordan for back-to-back fours.

When Parry was introduced into the attack, Raina hit the left-arm spinner for a six over his favourite mid-wicket region.

He was pretty severe on Bopara as he raced to his 50 with three boundaries. The first was a slash over point followed by an extra cover drive, while the six was a slog sweep over deep square leg boundary which also brought up his half-century off 29 balls.

The raising off his bat to acknowledge the cheers showed more relief than joy. He hit another four before he was brilliantly caught at the deep mid-wicket boundary off Jordan. His 54 had six fours and two sixes.

While Raina was in a mood to hammer the bowlers, Kohli played his natural game as he hit couple of eye-catching boundaries off Parry. First one was lifted over bowler’s head while the second one fired on leg stump was driven inside out through the extra-cover region.

Kohli completed his half-century with his fifth boundary hit over extra cover off Dernbach’s bowling. It took him 38 balls to reach the landmark.

Dhoni showed that he is in good touch as he slashed Dernbach over deep third-man boundary for a big six.