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Virat Kohli 1st batsman to score 500 runs in bilateral contests during series vs South Africa

Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli scored his third century in the ODI series vs South Africa cricket team during the sixth match at Centurion on Friday.

cricket Updated: Feb 16, 2018 23:13 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Centurion
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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli during the sixth ODI against South Africa cricket team at Centurion on Friday.(AP)

Virat Kohli continued his good form in the current one-day series against South Africa cricket team, scoring yet another century and also became first batsmen ever to score 500 runs in a bilateral series. (SA vs IND 6th ODI live updates)

With Friday’s ton, Kohli scored a total of 558 runs in the series, going past teammate Rohit Sharma for most runs in a bilateral competition. Rohit scored 491 against Australia in 2013-14. (SA vs IND 6th ODI live updates)

Kohli was in superb form right through the tournament, socring a 112 not out at Durban in the first match and 160 not out in Cape Town in the third. He followed that up with an equally dominating 129 n.o. in the sixth match on Friday, his third unbeaten innings in the series.

Although the India skipper had been fortunate on a few occasions, with catches getting missed and a couple of umpiring decisions going his way, there has been no doubt that he has looked unbeatable. In fact, had he not been run out in Port Elizabeth, he may have got to the milestone there itself as the Proteas have struggled to get him out.

While they got him run out once they failed to topple him on two occasions --- three if you include that he was still unbeaten in the last game at the time of going into print.

The India skipper who had been targeted with short deliveries in Test matches and also in the earlier part of this series, took the Proteas bowlers to task, hammering their short deliveries. He managed to get on top of the bounce and played them on the ground as all the South African bowlers, all hit-the-deck-kind, struggled to ruffle him.

In fact, while Cape Town was an example of stamina and daring, today’s knock was about his skills and aggression against the short-pitched ball.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 22:47 IST