Former Indian captain Virat Kohli scored a century off 85 balls against Bangladesh in the third and final ODI of the three-match series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, on Saturday.
The Men in Blue suffered back-to-back losses in their first two games. This is India’s second consecutive ODI series defeat on Bangladeshi soil. Earlier in 2015, the Bangla Tigers defeated the Men in Blue 2-1 in the ODI series.
Virat Kohli came to the crease with just 15 runs on the board in the fifth over of the match as Shikhar Dhawan, who continued his bad form, was dismissed by Mehdi Hasan for 3 runs.
Bangladesh skipper Liton Das dropped a simple catch when Virat Kohli was at 1, and since then the 34-year-old didn’t look back and capitalized on it to bring up his 72nd international century.
Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Litton Das won the toss and chose to bowl first. Ishan Kishan and Kuldeep Yadav replaced Rohit Sharma and Deepak Chahar as the Men in Blue made two changes. Regular India captain Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the last game due to a thumb injury, and KL Rahul has taken over as captain.
Virat Kohli Smashed 44th One-Day International Century
Virat Kohli completed his 44th One-Day International century with a six off the bowling of Ebadot Hossain in the 39th over of India’s innings. After breaking the long-standing century drought in international cricket three months ago, former India captain Virat Kohli took the monkey off his back in the one-day internationals by smashing his first century in the 50-over format in 25 innings, over 1214 days.
Kohli’s century came shortly after Ishan Kishan’s blazing 210-run knock, which made the youngster the fourth Indian batter to score a double century and the fastest batter to reach a 200-run mark in ODI innings. The second-wicket partnership put on an incredible 290-run stand for India. The right-handed batter reached the three-figure mark with 11 boundaries and one six in 85 balls. His last ODI century came in 2019 when India toured the West Indies following the ODI World Cup.
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Virat Kohli's year-wise ODI centuries:
2008 – 0.
2009 – 1.
2010 – 3.
2011 – 4.
2012 – 5.
2013 – 4.
2014 – 4.
2015 – 2.
2016 – 3.
2017 – 6.
2018 – 6.
2019 – 5.
2020 – 0.
2021 – 0.
2022 – 1*.
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The numbers of Virat Kohli in ODI is GOATed. pic.twitter.com/vz4GXSC9cO
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Virat Kohli – The GOAT is here!! pic.twitter.com/QZ1X3XFekH
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44th odi century after 1214 days 👑@imVkohli #ViratKohli𓃵 #RohitSharma𓃵 #fastest200 #BCCISelectionCommittee #ishankishan #ViratKohli #Virat #Messi𓃵 #Neymar #INDvsBAN #FIFAWorldCup #ShikharDhawan pic.twitter.com/b5VuNTRW5y
— Waris (@bhatwaris0123) December 10, 2022
Most centuries in Int'l cricket among active players :-
72 – Virat Kohli
45 – Virat Kohli in LOIs
44 – Virat Kohli in ODIs
44 – David Warner
44 – Joe root
41 – Virat Kohli as captain
41 – Rohit Sharma
41 – Steven Smith
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India: Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w/c), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik
Bangladesh: Anamul Haque, Litton Das(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Yasir Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed