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Virat Kohli smashes century No. 42 to become India's second-highest run-getter in ODIs

Virat Kohli smashes century No. 42 to become India's second-highest run-getter in ODIs

Making sure that runs keep flowing from his blade in the Caribbean, Indian skipper Virat Kohli smashed his 42nd One Day Internationals (ODIs) century to power India towards a challenging total against the West Indies in the 2nd ODI at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. This was Kohli's eight-ton against the Windies, making his century tally as captain go to an overall six in white-ball cricket. The Indian skipper in the process surpassed former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting to top the list of most centuries scored by skipper against a country in the limited-over format.

List of captains with most number of ODI tons against a team

Virat Kohli (India) against West Indies - 6
Ricky Ponting (Australia) against  New Zealand - 5
Ponting against England - 4
Ponting against India - 4
AB de Villiers (South Africa) against India - 4

Kohli's hundred No 42 came off in 112 balls in the 38th over of the Indian innings. The 30-year-old skipper ended his eight-month century drought with his masterclass against the Jason Holder-led side in Trinidad. The Indian run machine is now India's second-highest run-getter in ODI history.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, India were off to a terrible start as opener Shikhar Dhawan departed in the first over. Coming to bat on his routine position, the Indian skipper steadied the innings with Shreyas Iyer as the duo stitched 125 runs for the fourth wicket.

Kohli's impressive 120 run knock was laced by 14 fours and 1 six. Kohli clocked a strike rate of 96.00 and was eventually dismissed by Carlos Brathwaite in the 42nd over. Kohli laid the foundation of a challenging total before rain made its presence felt with the first interruption.

Playing a perfect second fiddle to the Indian captain, Iyer went pass the fifty-run mark and remained unbeaten on 55 off 58 balls. India were 233-4 in 43.2 overs when heavy showers stopped play. The hosts staged an impressive comeback after play got resumed. Iyer failed to convert his sublime innings into triple digits as he was dismissed by Holder for 71 in the 46th over.

Riding on Kohli and Iyer's heroics, India managed to post 279-7 in 50 overs. Earlier, Kohli shattered Javed Miandad's 26-year-old record when he completed his 19th run in the 2nd ODI against the Windies. Kohli became the highest run-scorer against the West Indies in the 50-over format. Kohli eclipsed the 1930 run tally of the former Pakistani captain by pushing a single in the fifth over. 

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