In the Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2022, Virat Kohli scored a century against Afghanistan, breaking his century drought in international cricket after almost three years. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Kohli opened the batting for India and recorded his first century in Twenty20 Internationals. He stayed undefeated with 122 runs off 61 balls as India amassed a total of 212 runs while only losing two wickets.
Kohli, who has opened the batting a few times in international cricket, hit six sixes throughout his innings and had a strike rate of 200. In addition to that, he kept the scoreboard moving by hitting 12 boundaries. The run total of the former captain of India was brought into the triple digits with a six-hit in the last over of the innings.
Since November 2019, Kohli has been unable to pass the 70-century mark, but he has now reached the 71-century mark at the highest level. Ricky Ponting ended his career with 71 tons, and Virat Kohli is just one century away from surpassing the Australian legend’s total.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli was given the responsibility of opening the batting order for the team. Within the first 12.4 overs of the innings, the opening partnership consisting of Kohli and skipper KL Rahul put 119 runs on the board for the first wicket. Suryakumar Yadav came to the crease when Rahul was taken out, but he was also removed shortly after striking a six on the first ball he faced.
Rishabh Pant came to the crease to bat at number 4, and he and the experienced player put up an 87-run partnership in seven overs.
Afghanistan has an uphill battle in the pursuit, and they may go home from the Super Four stage with zero victories to show for their efforts.
Virat Kohli scores his 71st international hundred
Both India and Afghanistan were eliminated from the competition in the Asia Cup. Both teams were able to advance to the second round by claiming two victories in the group stage, but neither team was successful in the Super Four. The championship match for the event will take place on September 11, and it will feature a matchup between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Ab de Villiers shares a close relationship with Virat Kohli. Both of them have played together for years for the same franchise in the IPL- Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have always been outspoken about their love for each other. After Virat Kohli scored his 71st hundred, AB de Villiers took to Twitter and revealed that he was sure that something was brewing when he talked to Virat Kohli the last night.
AB de Villiers reacts to Virat Kohli’s 71st hundred
@imVkohli dancing again! What a lovely sightAdvertisement
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 8, 2022
When I spoke to him yesterday I knew something was brewing💪
Well played my friend
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 8, 2022Advertisement