Indian captain Virat Kohli has found himself in a purple patch of sorts in the ongoing five-match T20I series, hitting his 3rd fifty in the series in the fifth T20I against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
India batted first after Eoin Morgan won the toss for the 4th time in the series. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli opened the batting for India for the very first time. The duo added 94 runs in 9 overs together for the opening wicket, with Rohit Sharma making 64 in 34 balls with 5 sixes and 4 fours to his name, until he played one onto his stumps off Ben Stokes.
Virat Kohli continued to hold one end, as Suryakumar Yadav and then Hardik Pandya pummeled the England bowling attack. Suryakumar Yadav made a sublime 32 in 17 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes before falling to a beautiful piece of fielding by Chris Jordan. Then Hardik Pandya got onto the scene and hit 39* in 17 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes, taking India to 224/2 in 20 overs.
Virat Kohli Becomes The Captain With Most Runs In T20I Cricket
Earlier in the series, Virat Kohli had become the first batsman to 3,000 runs in T20I format and today, Saturday broke the record for most runs as captain in T20Is as well. He went past the previous records of New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Australia’s Aaron Finch.
Aaron Finch has 1462 runs in 45 T20I matches this far as Australia captain, while Virat Kohli recorded 1502 runs in 44 matches as the captain of India. He also pushed Kane Williamson to the third spot, who has 1383 runs in 49 T20I as captain of New Zealand.
Most Runs As Captain In T20Is:
Virat Kohli (IND) – 1502 in 45 matches
Aaron Finch (AUS) – 1462 runs in 44 matches
Kane Williamson (NZ) – 1383 runs in 49 matches
Eoin Morgan (ENG) – 1321 runs in 58 matches
Faf du Plessis (SA) – 1273 runs in 40 matches
Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 80 from just 52 balls, hitting 2 sixes and 7 boundaries after coming in as opener with a strike-rate of 153.85. India recorded their highest total against England in T20Is, overtaking their 218 runs which came in the 2007 T20 World Cup match in Durban.
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