"This is the best innings I have ever seen," is how Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq described young Indian batsman Virat Kohli's majestic knock of 183, which helped India chase a mammoth 330-run target in Asia Cup, in Mirpur today.
Virat Kohli reacts after playing a shot during their Asia Cup cricket match against Pakistan in Dhaka, Bangladesh. AP/Aijaz Rahi
Kohli's career-best knock came off just 148 balls and
the sensational victory kept India's chances to make the final of the tournament alive.
"They did wonderfully. It was excellent innings by Kohli. The best innings (Kohli) I have ever seen. Credit goes to their batsmen, it's easy out there under lights. But 329 is still a good score," Misbah said after the match.
Misbah said Pakistan, who have already made the final, will sort out their grey areas and come strong in the summit clash.
Kohli himself was stunned with what he did with the bat for India.
"I still cannot believe what happened out there. It was a crunch game for us. I could execute my plans against a tough side and it is really satisfying," Kohli said.
Asked what he was thinking when Gautam Gambhir departed in the second ball of the innings, Kohli said," One thing in my ind was that it was a good wicket to bat. We need to build partnerships. We kept wickets in hand and that helped."
During his terrific knock, Kohli rattled up a 172-run partnership with Rohit Sharma (68), which was key to India's easy win.