Virat Kohli’s impressive run with the bat continued as the Indian captain smashed his 28th ODI hundred, 18th in a chase, in the fifth ODI against West Indies at Sabina Park on Thursday. The unbeaten 111 helps Kohli equal Sanath Jayasuriya’s tally of 28 tons and puts him behind only Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30). He is ahead of South Africa’s Hashim Amla (25), Kumar Sangakkara (25) of Sri Lanka and AB de Villiers (24) in list of most ODI tons.
Kohli has now hit 18 hundreds in a chase and surpasses Tendulkar’s 17. Former Indian skipper took 232 innings to get there while Kohli reached there in just 102 innings. Kohli (9) is also ahead of Tendulkar (8) in terms of most times not out in chases while scoring a century.
Chasing a modest total of 206, Kohli led from the front after India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings. Kohli first steadied India’s innings with opener Ajinkya Rahane. The duo forged a 79-run first wicket partnership before Devendra Bishoo got Rahane leg-before.
Rahane’s departure Kohli didn’t affect Kohli’s game as the runs continued to flow off his bat and was well supported by Dinesh Karthik. Replacing Yuvraj Singh in the XI for the last two ODIs, Karthik made most of the opportunity and hit an unbeaten fifty in the process. This was his eighth in the format. In the end, India gunned down the target with 79 balls to spare and Kohli finished things in style – with a huge six.