Smith fell prey to Richardson but in walked Raina. He along with McCullum continued the run-flow and the duo threaded 40-run stand off just 18 balls. McCullum departed tamely and the game looked well poised. Karthik took the charge and played sumptuously under pressure. Firstly, he shared a 53-run stand with the skipper and then a crucial 38 runs with Jadeja. He also scored his fifty and remained unbeaten.
They got to a big score, thanks to Kohli's ton. But once again they flopped with the ball. Only Shamsi was impressive but others couldn't create any impact. Almost everyone except Abdulla got wickets. You got to feel for Kohli as his ton ended up on a losing cause.
Man of the Match, Virat Kohli (On his ton) Well, doesn't really feel good now. Would have liked to end on the right side of the result. I didn't really plan it and not at any stage of the innings I thought I would get to a 100 but the moto was to reach 175+. Gayle should be back for the next game. He was missed in the last one. We have done well with the bat though. We need to do well in bowling. We didn't execute it well. The wicket was slowish. We had to keep changing the pace. (On scoring a ton and still losing) It has be on a winning cause. These things don't matter to me, winning the match is all for me. Personal records are good but being on the losing side is never a good feeling.
Suresh Raina - It's a good win. When Virat got 100 I thought we are undone. But Baz and Smith did well and then DK and Jadeja did for us. Virat played magnificently but we didn't lose our focus. Smith is batting very well up the order. He played so well last year and did that today as well.