India skipper Virat Kohli once again led his team from the front with support from MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya against West Indies at the Old Trafford in Manchester as they post a decent total on the board. Kohli chipped in with his fourth consecutive half-century of this ICC World Cup 2019 as India posted 268 runs at the end of 50 overs.
Kohli achieves another rare feat at Manchester
Meanwhile, West Indies were upto the mark and bowled significantly well after Virat Kohli opted to bat first. Rohit Sharma fell early of an inswinger from Kemar Roach. But KL Rahul and Kohli helped the side build momentum, focusing mainly on the ones and twos while the odd boundaries kept coming. The Karnataka batsman once again threw it away after getting starts. A moment of brilliance from Jason Holder found the gap between Rahul’s bat and pad to dismantle the timber one short of his fifty.
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Vijay Shankar walked in at No. 4 and played 14 dot balls during his stay of 19 balls. Virat Kohli was forced to slow down as Shankar and Kedar Jadhav departed without doing much. Jadhav once again failed to grasp his opportunity which will raise questions about his place in the playing XI. Despite two quick wickets, Kohli kept the scoreboard ticking and in the process brought his fourth consecutive World Cup half-century. As a result, the talismanic run-scorer became the third Indian batsmen to achieve this landmark.
Former India cricketer Navjor Singh Sidhu registered this milestone in the 1987 World Cup before Sachin Tendulkar struck four back-to-back fifties twice in the 1996 and 2003 editions of the tournament. And now, Virat Kohli has become the third Indian to scale this rare feat.
Although Virat Kohli got out scoring 72 runs, Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni made some useful contributions at the end to help India post a challenging total on a difficult wicket. It will be a tough ask for the West Indies batsmen who need a win to be alive in this World Cup.