India's qualification hopes alive as Virat Kohli dismantles Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli blasted an unbeaten 133 off just 86 balls as India's stunning seven-wicket bonus point victory over Sri Lanka kept them alive in the tri one-day series in Hobart on Tuesday.

updated: February 28, 2012 19:18 IST
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Hobart: India pulled off a stunning batting display to ensure their chances of qualifying to the final of the CB series were still alive as they beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets but more importantly gained a bonus point after chasing down 321 in just 36.4 overs on Tuesday. (Scorecard | Points Table)

Turnarounds don't come any better. Fortunes don't change more dramatically. And emotions don't bear a starker contrast. At the halfway stage, Sri Lanka would have felt they had one foot in the final, having left the India bowlers deflated after a dominating performance with the bat. And they would have been right to think that way, the Indian batting having shown little promise in the series and the team on the brink of elimination.

But Virat Kohli put on an imperious display of strokemaking, his malleable wrists powering an Indian fightback conspicuous in its absence on what had been, until now, two forgettable overseas trips. Kohli's innings made a mockery of an imposing score, kept India's finals hopes alive and left Sri Lanka with the unenviable task of beating the form team in the tournament to knock India out.

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