Virat Kohli is known for his aggressive nature and for the way he expresses himself on the field.
Nothing was different in the first ODI in Durban which the Indian team won by six wickets courtesy Virat Kohli’s 33rd ODI century. With the comfortable win, India took a 1-0 lead in the six-match series. After notching up his hundred, Kohli once again celebrated in a typical Virat Kohli manner.
Kohli’s 112 run-knock was his first score of 100 or plus in One Day Internationals in South Africa. With this century, Kohli has now scored an ODI century in every country he has played.
This was also Kohli’s 20th century in a successful run chase. Kohli was evenly supported by Ajinkya Rahane who was making a return to the limited-overs format after being overlooked in the previous series.
Rahane scored 79, and the duo shared a 189 runs partnership for the second wicket and helped India chase down the 270 runs target with 27 balls remaining.
Kohli’s first ODI century in the rainbow nation meant a lot to the skipper, as his aggressive celebration was again at the display as soon as he reached the milestone.
Kohli revealed the reason for his celebration in the post-match presentation,
“Yeah, it was quite special. We wanted to take the confidence from Jo’Burg to here. We wanted one good partnership. Very very happy for Jinks as well. It is easier to break down the total when you have a number on the board. I like to understand the game. I had never scored an ODI hundred in South Africa. Thus, the celebration,”
With this win, India also ended South Africa’s streak of 17 successive home wins and also toppled South Africa as World number one ranked ODI team.
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