Sports News | Virat Kohli equals the record for most Fifty Plus scores in T20Is
DUBAI (UAE), 1 September (ANI): Virat Kohli scored his 31st half century on Wednesday, equaling the record with Rohit Sharma for most over 50 points in T20I.
The former India captain accomplished the feat in the current 2022 edition of the tournament in Group A of India against Hong Kong in Dubai.
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Kohli found much-needed form in the match, using a boundary and three towering sixes to pull off an unbeaten 59 of 44 deliveries. He looked scratchy initially but found middle of the bat in the later stages of the innings.
He now has 31 half centuries in 94 innings from 101 games. His highest score was 94* which he achieved against West Indies in December 2019.
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The 33-year-old is now level on points with Rohit Sharma, who also has 31 half centuries in 126 innings from 134 games and four centuries.
Babar Azam, David Warner, Martin Guptill and Paul Stirling are the only players with more than 20 scores of fifty or more in T20Is. No other batsman has more than 30 such points.
Virat also recently became the first Indian player to represent India in 100 games across the three formats. He joined Ross Taylor, becoming the second player ever to do so.
In his 100th T20I match against Pakistan, Virat made 35 of 34 calls before folding.
Coming into the match put in first by Hong Kong, Team India scored 192/2 in their 20 overs. Virat Kohli showed glimpses of his old self, hitting 59* from 44 balls, decorated with a four and three massive sixes.
Then, in the last few overs, Suryakumar Yadav exploded and smashed a brilliant 68* of 26 balls with six fours and six sixes.
Pacer Ayush Shukla (1/29 in four overs) was the Hong Kong bowlers’ choice. Chasing 193, Hong Kong had scored 51/2 on their power play. Babar Hayat (41 balls from 35) and Kinchit Shah (30 balls from 28) played some solid shots. But it wasn’t enough to help Hong Kong shock the mighty Indians as they were 40 runs shy of a win. They finished their innings at 152/5 in their 20 overs.
India qualified directly for the Super Four stage of the tournament. Ravindra Jadeja (1/15 in four overs) was the bowler’s choice for India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan also took a wicket each.
Suryakumar Yadav was named Man of the Match for his brilliant shot. (ANI)
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