SL vs IND 5th ODI: Virat Kohli equals Ricky Ponting with 30th ton
Colombo: Team India captain Virat Kohli completed his second back to back hundred in the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka to take his career tally of centuries to 30.
He completed his ton off 107 balls with the help of eight flourishing boundaries in the fifth and final ODI of the series being played at the R Premadasa stadium here on Thursday.
With this hundred, he has equalled Australian legend Ricky Ponting (30 centuries), and is now only behind Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who has 49 ODI tons to his credit.
He had last scored a hundred against in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka where he scored 131 runs off 96 deliveries with 17 fours and 2 sixes. With the help of his hundred, India had posted a humongous 375 runs on the scoreboard and had subsequently won the match by a record margin of 168 runs.
The Indian ‘run-machine’ has bettered his record of most number of hundreds in chases. He had surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in chases. While the Little Master took 232 innings to score 17 hundreds, he had taken just 102 innings to score 18 ODI tons while batting second. Now the tally has reached to 19.
Before today’s match, Virat Kohli had played 194 ODIs in which he has completed 8,576 runs at a phenomenal average of 55.69. He also has 45 half-centuries and his career strike rate is 91.70.
Despite India losing the first wicket (Ajinkya Rahane) at just 17 runs and second (Rohit Sharma) at 29, Kohli started off his inning positively and started building his inning which eventually turned into a match winning one.
India is soon going to complete a 5-0 whitewash as India is just 16 runs behind to win the match with seven wickets in hand.