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Kohli & Dhawan Strike a Pose After Comprehensive Win Over Proteas

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: February 8, 2018, 9:24 AM IST
Kohli & Dhawan Strike a Pose After Comprehensive Win Over Proteas

Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan after the win in Cape Town. (Instagram/Virat Kohli)

New Delhi: Skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan are known to share a bond ever since Kohli started playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy. What started as friendship in the domestic circuit has now translated onto the international scene. And with both batsmen combining to put on 140 runs for the second wicket in Cape Town on Wednesday, they were all smiles at the end of another comprehensive win for India in the ODI series against South Africa.

Taking to Instagram, Dhawan posted a photo of the two and Kohli reposted it. The caption read: “#Repost @shikhardofficial Great win and great partnership with Jatt Ji! 👌👊
Yaar tere maardey gharo kadkey @virat.kohli 💪🏼💪🏼👍🏼👍🏼”

Virat Kohli (160*) stuck a majestic ton while tweakers Kuldeep Yadav (4/23) and Yuzvendra Chahal (4/26) spun a web around the hosts as India trounced South Africa by 124 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 6-match series, at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Kohli remained unbeaten on 160 and with that he set numerous new milestones as well. He went past Sourav Ganguly (127 in Johannesburg in 2001) in the list of highest individual score by an Indian batsman against South Africa in South Africa.

Kohli also became the second opposition captain to score 150 runs in South Africa (the 1st being Ricky Ponting in 2006 at Johannesburg).

This is also his 54th International century where he will be the outright 5th-most prolific century-maker in international cricket behind Tendulkar (100), Ponting (71), Sangakkara (63) & Kallis (62).

He is currently level with Mahela Jayawardene and Hashim Amla.

Chasing a daunting target of 304, the Proteas were off to the worst start possible as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Hashim Amla (1) in the second over of the innings itself. That brought JP Duminy on to the crease and along with Aiden Markram, he issued a stunning fightback. The duo kept hitting boundaries here and there and took the score past the 50-run mark without any further hiccups.

Kohli was finally fed up of the partnership and decided to bring spinners into the attack and that ploy worked wonders for the visitors. Kuldeep Yadav fooled Aiden Markram with a googly and MS Dhoni effected the easiest of stumpings. And with that, Dhoni became the first India wicket-keeper to effect 400 dismissals (fourth overall).
First Published: February 8, 2018, 9:24 AM IST

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