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India v New Zealand: Virat Kohli gets 31st ODI ton to surpass Ricky Ponting

Virat Kohli surpassed Australian great Ricky Ponting in the list of batsmen with most ODI centuries, scoring his 31st century in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium vs New Zealand.

india vs new zealand 2017 Updated: Oct 22, 2017 17:41 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Virat Kohli in action during the first one-day international cricket match between India and New Zealand at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. (AFP)

Virat Kohli surpassed Ricky Ponting’s tally of 30 centuries on Sunday to become the second batsman with most ODI centuries by notching up his 31st ODI ton against New Zealand in the first of the three One-Day Internationals (ODI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. (India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Live Updates)

Kohli celebrated his 200th ODI appearance for India with a special knock, studded with only seven boundaries and a six on a tricky wicket and against a disciplined bowling line-up that made the Indian captain work hard for his runs. (India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Live Scorecard)

The innings on Sunday against New Zealand was Kohli’s fifth century in 2017 – a year in which he had begun with a sparkling 122 against England at Pune in a tough win.

Coming off a short break, Kohli was happy returning to do what he knows best by grinding and working his way through a memorable century.

The Indian cricket team’s captain was forced to drop the anchor and look for strike rotation rather than going for his strokes, as his other teammates paid the price for being a tad aggressive.

Kohli added 42 runs for the third wicket with Kedar Jadhav in the earlier stages wherein he found the team under pressure.

But the arrival of Dinesh Karthik changed gears for India as the senior batsman took pressure off his captain to a great extent. Kohli and Karthik added 73 off 84 balls.

Kohli then went on to add another 57 runs with MS Dhoni for the sixth wicket, with the latter scoring 25 off 42 balls with only two fours.

First Published: Oct 22, 2017 15:49 IST