Continuing his century-scoring spree, India skipper Virat Kohli scored his 34th One-Day International hundred in the ongoing third ODI against South Africa in Cape Town. It was yet another masterclass knock from Kohli, as he scored 160 to help India post a massive 303 for six in the allotted 50 overs.
With stroke-making tough on the Newlands pitch, Kohli played a laborious inning and relied on singles and doubles. Kohli came out to bat in a precarious situation when Kagiso Rabada dismissed Rohit Sharma for a duck and survived an LBW appeal on a review when he was yet to open his account. Kohli did not look back since then and completed his century off 119 balls with a couple down the fine-leg.
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Barring Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 76, the middle-order batsman failed to complement Kohli, but the 29-year old held firm from one end and was well-supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar towards the end. The right-handed batsman reached his 150 in the last over and hit a six and a four on the last two balls of the innings to finish the innings strongly.
The knock was Kohli’s second century in the ongoing ODI series and third in four innings. The India batting mainstay is now past Sourav Ganguly, as the Indian captain with most ODI century. He now has 12 centuries while Ganguly has only 11. The 160-run also made Kohli the second Indian captain to score 150-plus in an ODI outside Asia.
Kohli has been showered with praises since playing the stunning knock and his wife Anushka Sharma also could not stop herself from expressing her emotions. In her Instagram story, the Bollywood actress posted a picture of her husband along with the caption:
“What a guy” followed by a heart symbol.