Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Virat Kohli reveals why he celebrated his 33rd 100 so aggressively

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| 04 February, 2018, 02:29

Captain Virat Kohli struck a stylish century to lead India to a comfortable six-wicket victory over South Africa in the first one-day global on Thursday and end the hosts' 17-match winning streak on home soil. Du Plessis hit 11 fours and launched two sixes over midwicket, taking the home team out of trouble at 134-5 and to 269-8 in 50 overs. So, it will take one or two games for them to get used to it.

Prior, the Proteas innings had been worked around a splendid century from skipper Faf du Plessis after the home side best request were in a bad position against India's spinners. For India, limited-overs specialists Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Kuldeep Yadav also took his share of wickets by knocking Jean-Paul Duminy and David Miller.

Du Plessis was disappointed to have lost, and said: "Just a few battle scars".

Even though Kagiso Rabada was run out off a wide three deliveries later, which was the penultimate ball of the innings, South Africa finished on 269/8 thanks to Phehlukwayo's unbeaten 27. Kohli and Rahane then took the control and both were fabulous to build a partnership and imposed over the African bowlers.

"For the second-top score to be 30-something shows that there weren't partnerships, and the most basic thing about one-day cricket is that you need to get two guys batting together to put on some sort of partnership", Du Plessis said.

When Virat Kohli's side will face Faf du Plessis and his boys for the first ODI, they will aim to start the series on winning note.


Speaking ahead of the first ODI in Durban Kohli said: "I had said earlier that Ajinkya will be looked at as a third opener, but that situation can change because he has batted at No. 4 in a World Cup before". But at times, he was restless as the Indian bowlers strangled the South African batsmen.

"I don't think it will be a blueprint for them for the rest of the series, because the wickets we play on will not play into their hands as much".

Du Plessis scored his eighth ODI hundred after a half- empty Kingsmead Stadium bore witness to South Africa's top- order collapse.

"When you're chasing five runs an over here, it's pretty easy".

Kohli brought up his 33rd ODI ton and his 20th while chasing after a completely dominant display with the bat.

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