Virat Kohli becomes the second Indian batsman to hit more than 100 sixes in T20Is!
Virat Kohli finally completed his much-awaited 71st century. Virat achieved the feat during India's final Super Four clash against Afghanistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022. He scored an unbeaten 122 runs in just 61 balls with the help of 12 fours and six sixes.
Now, Virat has a total of 104 sixes, which is the ninth most number of sixes in T20I cricket. New Zealand's Martin Guptill has the most number of sixes to his name in the format, with a total of 172 sixes. He is followed by Rohit Sharma (171), West Indies Chris Gayle (124), England's Eoin Morgan (120), and Australian opener Aaron Finch (117).
Coming into the match, star Indian batsman Virat Kohli completed his much-awaited 71st international century as India posted a mammoth 212/2 in their 20 overs during their last Super Four clash against Afghanistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Thursday.
Afghanistan opted to bowl first and openers KL Rahul and Virat Kohli gave Team India a great start. The running between the two wickets was as good as ever. The openers actually started off brilliantly from the third over, with Virat hitting two fours off fast bowler Fazlhaq Farooqui.
Since then, KL and Virat thrashed the Afghan bowlers. Virat Kohli looked really in good touch and hit spinner Mujeeb ur, Rahman, for two fours and a six in the sixth over. With six overs and the end of the powerplay, India stood at 52/0, with Virat (25*) and Rahul (26*) unbeaten.
Virat and KL continued to dominate Afghanistan even after the powerplay. Both moved the scoreboard at a good pace. At the end of 10 overs, India stood at 87/0 with Rahul (42*) and Virat (44*) standing. Virat completed his 33rd fifty in the format with a single.
KL Rahul helped the team cross the 100-run mark in 11.2 overs with a boundary and completed his half-century by hitting another four off the next ball. Medium pacer Farid Malik ended the 119-run partnership between the two in the 13th over, dismissing Rahul for 62 off 41 balls, which was caught at long-on by batsman Najibullah Zadran.
Suryakumar Yadav was ahead and he started his innings by hitting a six off the very first ball, but on the very next ball, Farid took his wicket. Rishabh Pant was at the crease. He continued to score runs on the scoreboard with Virat.
At the end of 15 overs, India was at 134/2 with Pant (6*) and Virat (59*). Pant and Virat continued their attack on the Afghanistan bowlers. Virat was aggressive and hitting boundaries ruthlessly. With two overs remaining, Pant-Virat shared a 50-run partnership. Virat also entered the 90s. In the end, he completed his much-awaited 71st international century and his maiden century in T20Is. India finished their innings on 212/2 with Virat Kohli (122*) and Rishabh Pant (20*). Fareed Malik took 2/57 for Afghanistan.