It was yet another Kohli special at Sydney on Tuesday. Chasing a daunting target of 299 runs, Team India faced a few hiccups but once again the king of chases, Virat Kohli stood tall and laid foundation of India’s win with his well-timed and perfectly calculated hundred. And as usual, the Twitterati is in awe of Kohli’s genius batting.
Shikhar Dhawan gave India a blazing start but he was out soon. Then walked in Indian captain Virat Kohli who produced yet another ODI hundred with sensational calmness and control.
Kohli kept the scoreboard moving by adding vital runs with Rohit Sharma and then he ensured India maintained the control despite Ambati Rayudu’s struggling stay at the crease.
Kohli’s brilliance was showcased when he changed the gears and gathered quick runs as he realized MS Dhoni will need some time to settle in. During his partnership with Dhoni, the Indian captain maintained a strike rate of more than 100 that too without playing any unconventional stroke.
The Indian batsman brought his 39th ODI hundred but lost his wicket soon after that. However, by that time, he had laid the foundation and Dhoni and Karthik finished the job for India.
Kohli’s masterclass was hailed by cricketers and fans and they expressed their delight on the social media. Twitter was flooded with tweets that praised the Indian captain for his genius batting.
After losing the first ODI, Team India has made a strong comeback by winning the second ODI. Earlier in the day, Shaun Marsh’s hundred propelled Australia to 298 runs. At one stage the hosts looked good to reach to 320 but Bhuvneshwar Kumar upped the ante in the death overs and claimed four wickets in his ten overs.
Kohli’s stunning hundred gave India the foundation and also brought the target closer. Dhoni played a vintage knock and kept his cool in the death overs while Dinesh Karthik provided the finishing blows at the crucial time to steer India home in the 50th over.