Virat Kohli came up with another exhilarating knock in the just-concluded sixth One-Day International against South Africa. The India skipper scored 129 not out as India crushed the Proteas by 8 wickets to claim the six-match series 5-1
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After finishing the Test series as the highest run-scorer, Kohli was in superb form right through the ODI series. He started the series by scoring 112 not out at Durban. And it was followed by knocks of 46 not out, 160 not out, 75 and 36 as India sealed a historic series in South Africa. The 29-year old finished the series in a fitting manner by scoring his third ton of the series.
Kohli came out to bat when Rohit Sharma was dismissed cheaply by Lungi Ngidi in pursuit of 205. The opening batsman, who had scored a century in the fifth ODI, could score only 15. From thereon, it was just a one-man show as Kohli took the center-stage. His partners could not even come close to matching his shots as he scored more than half of the runs needed to win the game.
When Shikhar Dhawan was out for 18, Kohli was already batting on 38 off just 29. Ajinkya Rahane also failed to steal the limelight as Kohli continued tormenting the hosts. The 29-year old reached his fifty off just 36 balls while Rahane looked more than happy to play the second fiddle.
Kohli was peppered with short deliveries but he took the Proteas bowlers to the task, hammering their short deliveries easily. The batting star went on to score his 35th ODI century in just 82 balls. His knock came off just 96 balls. The knock was studded with 19 fours and a couple of sixes. As a result of Kohli’s knock, India chased down the total in 33 overs.
Kohli’s remarkable consistency has left the world short of words and his Anushka Sharma is no different. After Kohli’s exhilarating knock, Anushka took to Instagram to lavish praise on him. However, she could not come up with any superlative and ended up writing:” What a guy” followed by a heart sign.
Anushka also congratulated the team for the historic series win. Kohli became the first India skipper to lead the team to a bilateral series win in the rainbow nation.