Kholi fires India to victory
India kept alive their World Twenty20 hopes with an eight-wicket Super Eights victory against rivals Pakistan in Colombo on Sunday.
India needed a win to stay in the competition following their recent mauling at the hands of Australia and they ripped into Pakistan's batting order as seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji finished with 3-22 as they reduced their opponents to 128 all out with two balls of the innings remaining.
Gautam Gambhir lost his wicket in the first over as India got off to the worst possible start, before Virat Kohli took command as he made 78 not out to help his side win with 18 balls in hand to take the group to the final round of matches.
India play South Africa on Tuesday and group leaders Australia take on Pakistan, with all four teams still in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals.
India captain Mahendra Dhoni told BBC Sport afterwards: "I think the team responded really well. Most of the players looked relaxed and, after the first couple of overs, the bowlers all contributed, even the part-timers, which was crucial when you're playing seven batsmen.
"Virat has been really consistent, it's good he's taking responsibility and scoring runs in every game. Viru [Sehwag] also batted well. It was important that we didn't think too far ahead, we had a good training session and got the right response."