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India vs South Africa: Records Tumble as Virat Kohli Registers 35th ODI Ton

There is no end to Virat Kohli's supremacy in world cricket, and when it comes to ODIs, there is no one who comes close to him or his records

Cricketnext Staff |February 18, 2018, 8:10 AM IST
India vs South Africa: Records Tumble as Virat Kohli Registers 35th ODI Ton

New Delhi: There is no end to Virat Kohli's supremacy in world cricket, and when it comes to ODIs, there is no one who comes close to him or his records. On Friday, in the sixth ODI between India and South Africa, Virat notched his 35th ODI ton and third of the series. That helped India post a comfortable eight-wicket win over the Proteas.

As usual, Virat broke a host of records during his innings of 129. In the six match series, Kohli amassed a total of 558 runs averaging 186.

Here are some of the other records that Kohli broke in the series:

o Became the highest scoring batsman in a bilateral series surpassing Rohit Sharma’s 491 against Australia in 6 matches in 2013/14 season.

o Became the highest scoring captain surpassing George Bailey’s 478 against India in 2013/14.

o Scored his 56th International century and became the 5th most prolific century-maker in international cricket behind Sachin Tendulkar (100), Ricky Ponting (71), Kumar Sangakkara (63) & Jaques Kallis (62).

o Became the 1st Indian captain to win a bilateral ODI series in South Africa.

o Became the highest scoring player in a bilateral series against South Africa in South Africa. He scored 558 runs surpassing Kevin Pietersen’s 454.

o He is also tied with Kevin Pietersen’s 3 centuries against South Africa in South Africa, in a bilateral series.

As far as the match is concerned, chasing a target of 205 was made to look like a walk in the park, thanks to skipper Kohli who remained unbeaten on 129 off 96 balls with 19 boundaries and 2 sixes.

The Indian skipper was at his brutal best, finding boundaries with relative ease and stitching - first, a 61-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (18) and then an unbeaten 121-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (34*).

India lost Rohit Sharma (15) early and at one moment it did seem as if we might finally have a contest in our hands.

But Kohli had other plans, as he took on the weakened South African bowling, who were without their star pacer Kagiso Rabada. Ngidi was the only shining light for the home team, picking up two wickets.

Earlier, Shardul Thakur bowled a great spell of pace bowling as he scalped four wickets to help the visitors dismiss the Proteas for 204 in 46.5 overs. Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped two wickets each while Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep also picked one a piece.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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