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After a rare failure with the bat in the first ODI, India skipper Virat Kohli scored a sensational century in the ongoing second ODI against Australia to put India on the verge of a series-levelling win. Kohli walked into bat when Jason Behrendorff ended the 47-run stand for the first wicket by dismissing Shikhar Dhawan as the visitors chased 299.
From thereon, Kohli held firm and batted India to a commanding position. He shared 54-run stand with Rohit Sharma and 59-run stand with Ambati Rayudu to lay the foundation for the chase. He soon went on to complete yet another memorable ton. It looked like Australia would not be able to see Kohli’s back. However, the 30-year old hit a sweetly-timed shot straight to the fielder near the boundary ropes. Jhye Richardson, Man of the Match in the previous game, bowled a fuller-length delivery which Kohli flicked perfectly. However, the ball landed straight in Glenn Maxwell’s hand at deep midwicket. Kohli had no other option but to walk off disappointed amid a warm reception.
Meanwhile, it is Kohli’s 39th ODI hundred and he has now become the 11th highest run-getter in the format. Kohli scored 104 off 112 balls to put India in a winning position. It is also his sixth ODI hundred against Australia. Only Sachin Tendulkar (9) and Rohit Sharma (7) have scored more ODI centuries against the Aussies. West Indies great Desmond Haynes also scored 6 hundreds against Australia.
Kohli has now scored 24 ODI hundreds while chasing. Overall he has overtaken Kumar Sangakkara to become third in the list for most international hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar leads with 100 international hundreds from 782 innings. Ricky Ponting has 71 hundreds from 668 innings while Kohli has scored 64 hundreds from 401 innings.
Here is a clip of his wicket:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2019