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Turning Point: Kohli makes most of early 'lives'

Last updated on: February 15, 2015 19:00 IST
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India's Virat Kohli celebrates with teamate Suresh Raina after completing his century against Pakistan on Sunday
 

India's Virat Kohli celebrates with teamate Suresh Raina after completing his century against Pakistan on Sunday. Photograph: Vipin Pawar/Solaris Images

India’s Virat Kohli scored a superb century to steer India to an amazing win and continue their dominance over arch-rivals Pakistan by beating them by 76 runs in the opening match of the World Cup at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

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Kohli brushed off his recent poor one-day form with a knock of 107 and it was this stirring century that made all the difference in the end.

Dropped from a difficult chance by Yasir Shah off Shahid Afridi on seven and again by wicketkeeper Umar Akmal on 76, Kohli otherwise played within himself and gave few chances in his 126-ball innings.

Coming in at number 3, Kohli joined Shikhar Dhawan to take the momentum away from the Pakistanis with a dominant partnership of 129.

After solid partrnerships with Dhawan and later with Suresh Raina, Kohli reached his hundred with a single to long on, whipping off his helmet to celebrate his 22nd century in one-dayers and the first by an Indian in a World Cup match against Pakistan.

They were separated when Kohli was caught behind after slashing at a Sohail delivery.

Sohail checked India’s progress by picking five wickets later but it all came too late as Kohli had already done the damage.

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