IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli Becomes The Batsman With The Most Centuries When Team Scored 300 Plus Runs. In white-ball cricket, Virat Kohli is racking up hundreds of runs. He began the New Year by scoring a century against Sri Lanka in the opening ODI. In Assam, the right-handed hitter needed 80 balls to reach his 45th ODI century.
His 73rd century in international cricket overall. The 34-year-old is only ahead of Sachin Tendulkar, who has 100 hundreds to his credit.
In the list of most ODI centuries where a side has scored 300 or more, Virat has created a significant gap. Rohit is the only active player on the list with 15 three-digit scores, compared to Kohli’s 21 hundreds.
Hashim Amla (15), Ricky Ponting (15), AB de Villiers (16), and Sachin Tendulkar (19) have all registered their names.
IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli Becomes The Batsman With The Most Centuries When Team Scored 300 Plus Runs
Most ODI Centuries where the team scored 300+
21: Virat Kohli*
19: Sachin Tendulkar
16: AB de Villiers
15: Rohit Sharma
15: Hashim Amla
15: Ricky Ponting
India went into overdrive after a brilliant 143-run opening stand between Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. When Virat Kohli hit his 45th ODI century, the total reached new heights.
Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dasun Shanaka gave a spirited response for Sri Lanka, scoring some passable innings. However, India had a lofty goal of 374 in mind. And the chase seemed doomed from the moment Sri Lanka fell to 23 for 2 and 64 for 3 against some brilliant India seam bowling. Though they surged to 306 for 8, Sri Lanka didn’t give up easily; Shanaka finished his second ODI hundred in the penultimate over.
Seven wickets were taken by India’s seamers in total, with Umran Malik taking the most (3 for 57). But this game’s outline was determined by the top three scorers for the hosts. Gill scored 70 off 60, Rohit scored 83 off 67, and Kohli scored 113 off 87, which was largely dominant. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul, among others, made contributions and prevented the run pace from slowing down in the middle overs.
There were moments when India appeared to be on the verge of pushing for 400 runs, but Sri Lanka’s bowlers held their own thanks to Kasun Rajitha’s three-wicket haul and Chamika Karunaratne’s competent closing bowling. Of course, everyone’s statistics were still a disaster, with Rajitha scoring 88 from a possible 10, and his opening partner Dilshan Madushanka scoring almost seven per over. The pitch was not exactly kind to spinners. Additionally, the outfield was quick.
Gill’s innings was the most flawless of India’s stellar ones because it depended so much on his impeccable timing, especially through the off side. And the knock was what first made it obvious that a huge sum was about to be reached. In the first few overs, he smacked average, average-length deliveries square through the offside.
Gill accelerated to 25 off 17 by the end of the fifth, but Rohit soon regained control. He walloped Rajitha for two sixes and a four utilizing his renowned pull shot in one particularly demoralizing period for Sri Lanka. One of those sixes came after he had charged the bowling. His performance grew more and more contemptuous.
The broadening of the field and the introduction of significant spin barely slowed the pair’s rate of scoring as they rushed to their fifties. The partnership wasn’t entirely without luck, as both hitters might have retired in their 40s had the standing umpire called them out lbw (reviews were rejected due to the umpire’s decision).
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Rajitha was the bowler on both of Kohli’s dropped passes, one at 52 and the second at 81. Other than that, he sped through the middle overs. He was merciless to spinners’ length faults and tough down the ground against the quicks. He charged Shanaka to pound him through mid-on for his first boundary.
After moving down the track, he reached his half-century by hitting a six against Dhananjaya de Silva over wide mid-on. At this point, after approximately 35 overs had been bowled, he and Rahul were engaged in a partnership that produced 90 runs off of 70 balls. Kohli had strokes everywhere, but he scored a lot of runs in the area between mid-on and midwicket. India were already pushing 350 as he reached his hundred off of his 80th ball.
However, India only scored 70 runs in their final nine overs, in part due to Kohli not exactly bursting in the end as he would have liked. A total of 400 was possible at 303 for 3 after 41 overs.
The start for Sri Lanka was poor, despite Nissanka’s retrieving offside boundaries in the Powerplay. They were never able to gauge how steep this chase was. After taking out Avishka Fernando for five, Mohammed Siraj bowled Kusal Mendis off the inside edge in his subsequent over. The score for India at the end of the first powerplay was 75 for 0. Sri Lanka had a score of 38 to 2 and needed more than eight runs per over. Sri Lanka’s chances of triumph appeared slim after Charith Asalanka declined to appeal an erroneous caught-behind ruling against Malik in the fourteenth over.