Virat Kohli raising his bat
File photo of Virat Kohli

India cruise past South Africa in the second T20 International of the tour as Virat Kohli seemed to continue his routine. The Indian captain yet again saw his team past the finish line in a run chase with an unbeaten half century.

En-route his 52-ball 74, Kohli became the highest run scorer in T20 Internationals, surpassing Indian team’s deputy Rohit Sharma. Kohli achieved this feat in the 19th over with a straight six off Bjorn Fortuin. He now has 2441 runs in 71 games while the vice captain has 2434 runs in 97 matches. They are followed by New Zealand opener Martin Guptill (2283 runs in 78 games) and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (2263 runs in 111 games).

With the unbeaten innings, Kohli’s average in T20Is has also notched a bit to just over 50. He is now the only batsman in World Cricket to average in excess of 50 in all three formats.

 

Earlier South Africa posted a score of 149 for 5, which always seemed modest and India’s reply only showed why. South Africa, in fact got off to a good start and at one point of time, threatened to put up a massive score. Indian bowlers came back well to restrict the touring team to a score of 149. After the match, Kohli went on to praise the bowler’s efforts, crediting them for the victory. 

“Bowlers showed a lot of character. The pitch was very good and they (South Africa) got off to a good start so it was an outstanding effort from the bowler to pull the game back from us,” he said at the post-match press conference.

After a washed out game at Dharamshala, the victory at Mohali takes India 1-0 up in the series with one match to go.