Virat Kohli starred for India with the bat as Team India thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, October 23. He scored an unbeaten 82 off 53 balls to carry India across the line.
Kohli and Hardik Pandya set the foundation for the win given that the Men in Blue were reduced to 31-4 after the powerplay. The openers failed to fire, and the in-form Suryakumar Yadav was again constrained by the Pakistani pacers. Haris Rauf was a stand-out bowler for Pakistan until Kohli hit him for two consecutive sixes in the 19th over.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan scored 159-8 due to the fifties by Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood as well as contributions from the lower order. Amongst the bowlers, both Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya picked up three scalps each whereas both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami picked up one wicket each.
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Virat Kohli has amassed 2486 runs in ICC tournaments
This game saw Virat Kohli surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 50+ scores. Sachin in his career scored 2719 runs in ICC tournaments, which included 16 half-centuries and seven centuries. Kohli’s half-century helped overtake Tendulkar’s record.
Till now, Virat Kohli has scored 2486 runs in 61 games at an average of 60.63, which includes 22 half-centuries and two centuries. Kohli, who was adjudged player of the match yesterday regained the mantle of the highest run-getter in this format with 3794 runs surpassing the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma.
India will be expecting Kohli to continue this red-hot form throughout the course of this tournament. Given that India’s campaign has gotten off to a positive start it’s not far when players like Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and others will come to the party.