Former India skipper Virat Kohli displayed that form is temporary and class is permanent. He notched up his 44th ODI ton against Bangladesh on Saturday (December 10) at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
The special thing about his 72nd ton is that he surpassed Aussie great Ricky Ponting’s 71 international centuries. Now the talismanic batter is just behind the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who has 100 international hundreds. This century in ODI came after three years. His last ton in ODI was back in August 2019 against West Indies.
Kohli took just 85 balls to race to his hundred. At the time when Ishan Kishan was grabbing all the spotlight for scoring his maiden hundred before slamming the fastest double century, Kohli’s strokeplay soon took him to the three-digit mark.
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The 34-year-old ended his knock when Shakib Al Hasan delivered a full toss. Kohli attempted to smash over wide long off, but Mehidy Hasan ran to his left and pouched it safely. Kohli departed after scoring 113 runs from 91 balls with 11 boundaries and two maximums at a strike rate of 124.18.
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Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan stitch 290-run stand for 2nd wicket
The young batter, Ishan Kishan, got the opportunity to open in this match by replacing an injured Rohit Sharma (who was ruled out of the 3rd ODI). He perfectly used this chance to showcase why he cannot be missed out on the upcoming ODI World Cup in India.
The Ranchi-based batter played 126 balls to slam his double century, which is also the fastest in international cricket. He walked back to the pavilion following his dismissal by Taskin Ahmed in the 36th over, amassing a massive 210 runs from just 131 balls.
The 24-year-old also stitched a 290-run stand with Virat Kohli for the second wicket. After the Bangladeshi bowlers broke this stand, wickets fell like a pack of cards, but still, India put on a mammoth total of 409/8 in their allotted 50 overs.
Bangladesh are chasing the run, and they have already lost eight wickets after scoring 148 runs in the 30th over. At the crease, Taskin Ahmed is batting as India just got rid of Mehidy Hasan from Shardul Thakur’s delivery (when this article is being written).
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