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India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli Becomes 2nd Highest Run-getter in T20Is

Cricketnext | Updated: November 4, 2017, 11:22 PM IST
India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli Becomes 2nd Highest Run-getter in T20Is

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New Delhi: There is no end to the domination of Virat Kohli in world cricket. With each passing match, India captain breaks some record or the other. On Saturday, during the second T20I match against New Zealand, Kohli, during his innings of 65 runs, surpassed Tillakaratne Dilshan, to become the second highest run-getter in T20Is.

Sri Lanka's Dilshan had 1,889 runs from 80 matches, while Kohli overtook him in just 54 matches, to score 1,943 runs. Kohli is second behind New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, who has 2,140 runs in 71 matches. Not only that, Kohli reached 7,000 T20 runs overall, the first Indian, and 8th batsman in the world to do so. To go with that, Kohli boasts of the highest average (54.06) among all the players who have scored more than 1,000 runs in T20Is.

As far as the match is concerned, Kohli's valiant innings could not save India from a 40-run defeat. Chasing a daunting target of 197, the hosts got off to the worst start possible as Trent Boult removed opener Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Rohit Sharma (5) in the second over of the innings itself. Dhawan was the first to return to the hut as he was castled by the left-arm pacer. While Rohit poked at a ball outside the off-stump and gave away and easy catch to wicket-keeper Glenn Phillips in the same over.

Kohli and MS Dhoni kept the scoreboard ticking, but their 56-run stand was broken by Mitchell Santner in the 17th over, when he removed Kohli for 65. India's hopes also vanished with Kohli's dismissal as the asking rate was too much for Dhoni to do it all alone in the end. With this win now, the series stands at 1-1.

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First Published: November 4, 2017, 10:14 PM IST

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