Indian skipper Virat Kohli was back to doing to what he is best known for, finishing the games for his side. Chasing a target of 150 against South Africa in Mohali, Kohli stayed unbeaten on 72* off 52.
His innings included three sixes and four boundaries, that saw him bat at strike-rate of 138.46. With his innings of 72*, Kohli also took his batting average above 50 once again in the shortest format.
This now makes him the only batsman presently to boast an average of 50+ across formats. While many batsmen do have average better than him in one given format, none of them averages 50+ in all formats at the same time.
Kohli, after his heroics, got an unlikely praiser as Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan captain, heaped praises on the Indian skipper on Twitter.
“Congratulations @imVkohli You are a great player indeed, wish you continued success, keep entertaining cricket fans all around the world,” he wrote.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 18, 2019
The congratulatory message did come as a surprise but given Kohli’s prowess with the bat, people are bound to be flattened with his records.
India had a good start to the chase, scoring 33 in 3.4 overs but lost the wicket of Rohit Sharma on 12.
Dhawan and Shikhar Dhawan then took the charge and put up 61 runs for the second wicket. Much was expected from Rishabh Pant but he was dismissed on 4 after playing a rash shot.
Shreyas Iyer, who has been entrusted with the middle-order duties after World Cup 2019, batted wisely for his 16* off 14 and finished off the proceedings with a boundary on the final ball of the 19th over.
Earlier, it was Quinton de Kock who did the most for his team. He scored 52* off 37. Temba Bavuma did score 49 but he had taken a back seat during his innings, that saw the visitors put up 149 in the 20 overs. Deepak Chahar starred with the ball with two wickets.
The win in Mohali was team India’s maiden win over South Africa at home. The third and the final T20I will be played in Bangalore on September 22.