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By Peter B. CiaramellaThe Washington TimesPublished Mar 06, 2018 07:23:25India’s captain Virat Kohli says he has no regrets about batting a maiden century in his last innings.
The 25-year-old scored his second century of the World T20 after the Sri Lankan bowlers lost their way on the final day.
The game was marred by a lack of batsmen and an inability to win.
India and Sri Lanka will meet in the final of the Twenty20 tournament in Durban, South Africa, on Friday.
India’s first innings was marvellous.
Kohli, the captain, was outstanding and his unbeaten century took him past the record of 11,000 runs he had previously scored in a Test match.
The opening batsman, Rahul Dravid, was also impressive.
But he was unable to make any sort of impact on the match and India fell short of their first World Cup title since 1995.
India was bowled out for only four runs in the opening innings and their batsmen were all out for more than half an hour.
A lot of the batsmen went down on their knees in disbelief as Kohli finished off his maiden century with his fourth and fifth balls of the innings.
India were unable to keep their bats on their feet and, as the clock ticked on to the end of the over, the crowd went wild.
Ravi Shastri, India’s coach, said: “I don’t think we got the right kind of response to bowl.
They were trying to bowl well but we just couldn’t get the pace right.
The ball was on the ground a lot and they were hitting their offspin well.”
The crowd, which was at its largest since the World War II war ended, was not happy.
The Indian fans chanted “we will win the World Cups” as the match was over.
Shastri said the crowd were a “small, passionate and passionate bunch”.
He said they would take it one day at a time.
“I don,t think we will ever get over that,” Shastirri said.
India won their second game in a row after an innings that started with a double-centuries from Rohit Sharma and Rohit Chopra.
They will be hoping to repeat that performance as they travel to South Africa for the semi-finals.
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