ICC World T20 final: Virat Kohli lone bright spot in India batting versus Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli took full advantage of a dropped catch by Sri Lankan skipper Lasith Malinga while on 11. He went on to score 77 off just 58 balls while the rest of the Indian team scored just 47 off 62 in the ICC World T20 final at Mirpur.

updated: April 06, 2014 21:28 IST
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When Virat Kohli was dropped on 11 by Lasith Malinga in the ICC World T20 final at Mirpur on Sunday, many said it was not just a catch that the Sri Lankan captain dropped but the World Cup trophy. Kohli later proved that right by scoring 77 off just 58 balls, with his blazing knock coming in a first innings this time. Malinga might have been able to make amends for it by giving away just 7 runs off his last over, but a score of 130 could be enough for India to win with their bowling strength in current conditions.

It was another trademark Kohli innings which started with him rotating the strike but as soon as he crossed the 50-run mark, his eighth in T20Is, he started with a flurry of boundaries and sixes. He hit two fours and a six in the 16th over bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara, quickly getting to the seventies off 50 balls. (Scorecard | Live Blog)

A slight scare was given to Indian cricket fans after MS Dhoni's team was asked to bat first on a sweaty wicket. India lost Ajinkya Rahane in the second over to Angelo Mathews but Rohit Sharma combined well with Virat Kohli to take them to almost run-a-ball at the end of 10 overs. After Sharma holed out to Sachitra Senanayake facing Rangana Herath in the 11th over, Kohli once again took charge of India's innings. Interestingly, the rest of India scored just 47 off 62 balls compared to Kohli's 77 off 58.

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