Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: BCCI)

Virat Kohli’s love affair with Mohali continued as he scored a sublime unbeaten fifty to guide India home in the second T20I against South Africa. The India skipper led from the front, scoring an unbeaten fifty as the hosts thrashed the Proteas by seven wickets in a contest where they did not face much trouble.

Asked to bat first, South Africa ended their innings on 149 for 5. Skipper Quinton de Kock scored a fine fifty at the top while Temba Bavuma scored 49. However, the other batsmen failed to deliver with the bat. South Africa finished their innings poorly, managing just 24 runs from the last 24 balls.

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In reply, India lost their batting mainstay Rohit Sharma for just 12. But before South Africa could make inroads in the game, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan shared a fifty-plus stand to put India on top. Dhawan and then Rishabh Pant departed in quick success. However, Kohli remained till the end to take the team home with one over remaining.

With his latest knock, Virat Kohli added yet another feather to his already illustrious cap. He surpassed his teammate Rohit Sharma to become the leading run-scorer in the T20Is. Virat Kohli now has seven runs more than Rohit in the shortest format of the game. While the India skipper has so far scored 2,441 runs, his deputy has scored 2,434 runs. Martin Guptill, Shoaib Malik and Brendon McCullum complete the top five of the list.

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Here is a list showing the top ten leading run-scorers in T20Is:

Player Mat Inns Runs HS Ave
Virat Kohli (INDIA) 71 66 2441 90* 50.85
Rohit Sharma (INDIA) 97 89 2434 118 32.45
Martin Guptill (NZ) 78 75 2283 105 33.57
Shoaib Malik (ICC/PAK) 111 104 2263 75 30.58
Brendon McCullum (NZ) 71 70 2140 123 35.66
Mohammad Shahzad (AFG) 65 65 1936 118* 31.22
JP Duminy (SA) 81 75 1934 96* 38.68
Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) 89 86 1908 86 24.46
T Dilshan (SL) 80 79 1889 104* 28.19
Eoin Morgan (ENG) 81 79 1810 85* 28.73

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