Virat Kohli congratulated Mohammad Amir for an outstanding spell after overseeing India’s five-wicket victory over Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla Stadium tonight. Kohli made 49 to take India home in 15.3 overs after Pakistan had been shot out for 84 on a green pitch. (Report |Highlights) It was not an easy chase for India after Amir knocked off Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the first over before dismissing Suresh Raina in his second over. But Kohli, who had complemented Amir for staging a successful comeback earlier, partnered up with Yuvraj Singh to add 68 runs for the fourth wicket. After skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the winning runs, Kohli and Amir were seen sharing a laugh. The mutual respect was hard to miss. “I would like to congratulate Amir for that spell 4-0-18-3_. I was so happy to play that kind of bowling. God bless him for more success,” said Kohli, who was named man-of-the-match for steering India’s chase. Kohli has been in outstanding form this year. He smashed 381 runs in the five-match ODI series against Australia before cracking another 199 in the three T20s against them. He was rested for the series against Sri Lanka at home and flopped in the Asia Cup opener against Bangladesh. The 27-year-old said he was keen to make amends tonight on a difficult pitch. Kohli said he resorted to counter-attacking as that is the only way he knows to play. “It wasn’t such an easy wicket to bat on. I wasn’t happy with myself with the way I batted in the last game. So I decided to dig in. Counter-attacking is the game that I play,” he said. Kohli looked calm and assured in the middle despite the early losses and he said it was important not to lose focus even when the Pakistani pacers were spewing venom on a green deck. “On these kind of wickets, it’s very important to change your shot at the last moment. You need to stay calm, stay relaxed and that is the best way to bat on this pitch.” Meanwhile, Yuvraj, who curbed his natural style to stay unbeaten on 14 off 32 balls, said he was happy to spend time in the middle and do what the team needed him to do at that stage. He and Kohli got together when India were reeling at 8/3; it was their stubborn stand that helped India get home with plenty to spare at the end. “It was tough. The Pakistan bowlers bowled quick and it was not easy to bat. It was a situation where you had to fight it out and I was happy to spend some time out there. Hopefully in the next game, I will hit the ball better. I stuck out there and did not give my wicket away,” said Yuvraj.advertisement
Mushers have been travelling this year’ Iditarod trail from Fairbanks with few complains, but after the left Tanana Wednesday, they found a slow, soft trail.“Mushers seem to like to complain when there is snow and then when there’s no snow,” Bethel musher Pete Kaiser said.Pete Kaiser in the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)He says the trail out of Tanana softened up considerably, which slowed down his team.“Yeah that’s not the type of trail you’d want to be going fast on,” Kaiser said. “I wouldn’t anyway, just because you’d be prone to injuring dogs if they wanted to go faster, so it’s kind of frustrating watching them go slow, but its’ hard work from them to get through that.”Jess Royer says she was also frustrated with a slow pace after her dog team left Tanana and dropped onto the Yukon River.“It’s like you’re running on sand. That’s why it’s so slow,” Royer said. “You have 16 dogs and they’re all working, but you don’t get any power there you know. Even if I walk up to do something with the team, every time you take a step, it’s like you slide back a step. It’s just real granular type of snow, I guess.”Mitch Seavey says drifting snow and soft trail were tough, but he says there hasn’t been the kid of drama he could “write stories about.”“Yeah it’s fine, I’d rather not have scares from the trail this year,” Seavey said.But a slower pace wasn’t factored into Norwegian Joar Ulsom’s race plan.“I would like to be moving faster,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll give them a good rest and in Galena we’ll get some that speed back if we are lucky.”Many mushers are starting to consider where they might take a 24 hour mandatory rest.Race officials expect to see most teams stop for the long rest at one of the next three or four checkpoints, before they leave the Yukon River for good.