India Walks Out Of Asia Cup With A Thumping Win And Kohli's Century
Afghanistan's score at one point was six for 21 and in 20 overs they scored 111 for eight. Earlier, Kohli brought his first century in November 2019 and the 71st of his career.
Nearly three years later, Virat Kohli scored a century with his bat and his 122 helped India register a 101-run win against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup formality. Kohli played an unbeaten knock of 122 runs in 61 balls with the help of 12 fours and six sixes, based on which India scored 212 for two. Disappointed by the close defeat in the previous match against Pakistan, Afghanistan batsman Bhuvneshwar Kumar could not face the swing bowling. Bhuvneshwar took five wickets for just four runs in four overs.
Afghanistan's score at one point was six for 21 and in 20 overs they scored 111 for eight. Earlier, Kohli brought his first century in November 2019 and the 71st of his career. With this, he equaled Ricky Ponting in terms of international centuries and is now behind Sachin Tendulkar. Regular captain Rohit Sharma was rested and KL Rahul, who was captaining in his place, scored 62 runs in 41 balls. He added 119 runs in 76 balls for the first wicket with Kohli.
Kohli played shots in the desired direction and showed signs of returning to the familiar form. At the other end, Rahul also played a confident inning. Both the openers played carefully with the spinners, especially Rashid Khan. Kohli also made excellent sweep shots in his innings, especially the stroke of Mujibur Rahman was visible. He was also given life by Mohammad Nabi in the deep in the eighth over. India scored 87 runs in ten overs for no loss. Kohli completed his century by playing a pool shot off fast bowler Farid Ahmed.
He took off his helmet after scoring a century and kissed his ring. He took India past 200 by hitting two sixes and a four off Fazlhaq Farooqui. Kohli's return to form ahead of next month's T20 World Cup is a good sign for the Indian team, which is out of the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup. Before that, India also has to play a series against Australia and South Africa.