Indian star hitter Virat Kohli became the second player in white-ball international cricket history to reach 16,000 runs. Kohli achieved this milestone during the third Twenty20 International against Australia in Hyderabad on Sunday, September 25.
Team India beat Australia by six wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International match of the three-match series at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
‘Chase Master’ Virat Kohli scored 63 runs off 48 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes at a strike rate of 131.25. Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav put on a 104-run partnership for the third wicket after both the openers were dismissed early.
Virat Kohli has scored 16,004 runs in 369 white-ball matches at an average of 55.95, with 44 centuries and 97 fifties. The former Indian skipper played 262 One-Day Internationals and scored 12,344 runs, including 43 centuries and 64 half centuries. On the other hand, he played 107 T20s and scored 3,660 runs. Kohli became the second-highest run-scorer in the history of white ball cricket.
Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score 16,000 runs in white-ball cricket. Sachin played 463 ODIs and scored 18,426 runs. He scored 10 runs in one T20I game.
Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bowl first. Australia scored 186 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the 20 overs. Cameron Green played a quick innings and scored 52 off 21 balls to get the team off to an explosive start.
Indian bowlers restricted Australia to 117/6 in 13.5 overs. Tim David (54) and Daniel Sams (28*) added 68 runs for the 7th wicket partnership to help the team reach 186/7. Axar Patel continued his form in this series with three wickets for 33 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel took a wicket each.
Team India lost opener KL Rahul (1) and skipper Rohit Sharma (17) in quick succession. After early wickets, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav added a quick-fire 104 runs in 62 balls. Yadav smashed Aussie bowlers all over the park and Virat anchored the innings after some quick runs off his first 20 balls.
Virat brought up his half-century and looked to finish off the game before getting out for 63 runs off 48. Hardik Pandya finished the game for India with a four, with one ball to spare, and India won by six wickets.