In form, Virat Kohli looked menacing when he started with some borders. But he too returned to the hut after skyping from Lungi Ngidi. Still, 12 runs were enough for the Indian amulet batsman to reach his 1000th run in his ICC T20 World Cup. ICC shared Kohli’s phenomenal performance on his official Twitter handle.
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— ICC (@ICC) October 30, 2022
Kohli has scored 1001 runs in his 24 matches in his T20 Worlds Cup, averaging an amazing 83.41. Cori has a knack for taking the big game up a notch. He achieved his twelfth century and a half in the process, and a whopping 89 runs against Pakistan in the opening match this time is his best record at the World Cup. Kohli is his second player to break the 1,000-run mark, after veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene.
Kohli will look to ICC Hall of Famer Jayawardena’s record as the most prolific run-scorer in the T20 World Cup when India takes on South Africa. Meanwhile, the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer is T20 Scoring 1,016 runs in his 31 matches at the World Cup.
On that day, Kohli was unable to repeat the heroism he had shown against Pakistan. India’s reliable No. 4 Surya Kumar Yadav took the mantle and saved India’s innings. He hit brilliantly, lifting one end while the wicket continued to roll over the other. Surya Kumar hit more runs and boundaries than all other Indian batsmen combined. His 68 runs came in with an impressive batting average of 170, proving vital for India to post his respectable 133/9 score.
The Indian Pacers also took the prize money and gave the Proteas hitters a hard time. South Africa struggled with the new ball as Arshdeep Singh and Mohammad Shami fired early shots. Virat Kohli led the charge, pushing the South African thugs forward.
Older batsmen Aiden Markram and David Miller took their time and conceded as the game progressed, helping their team cross the finish line on the penultimate ball of the inning. Tenda Bavuma’s team topped the points table in Group 2, increasing their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the coveted tournament.
Team India will face Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 2nd November. Rohit Sharma and his men are trying to forget this defeat and bounce back against the Bangla Tigers.