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Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 70 international hundreds, second-fastest to 27 Test tons

He is still unbeaten at the crease and is guiding India towards imposing a heavy lead over the visitors. After bundling out Bangladesh on 106, India have already posted  255/4 on the board and are currently leading by 149 runs.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 23, 2019 2:53:05 pm
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Skipper Virat Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to slam an international century in the pink-ball Test match, which is being played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Kohli added 41 runs to his overnight score of 59 to complete this milestone. He reached the three-figure-mark in 159 balls.

Kohli equalled Sachin Tendulkar to become the second-fastest (141 innings) to 27 Test centuries. The 31-year-old also became the fastest (439 innings) to 70 international hundreds. He is followed by Tendulkar who reached 70 tons in 505 innings followed by former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who took 649 innings.

He is still unbeaten at the crease and is guiding India towards imposing a heavy lead over the visitors. After bundling out Bangladesh on 106, India have already posted  255/4 on the board and are currently leading by 149 runs.

Captain @imVkohli all set for Day 2 of the #PinkBallTest#INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/RUr34E8Y2U

— BCCI (@BCCI) November 23, 2019

Earlier in the opening day of the contest, Kohli also brought up his 5000th run as Test captain in his innings. He became the fastest to 5000 runs as captain, completing the feat in 86 innings.

Ricky Ponting had taken 97 innings to complete 5000 runs as captain, ahead of West Indian legend Clive Lloyd (106 innings), South African Graeme Smith (110), Australian Allan Border (116) and New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming (130).

Mominul Haque’s decision to bat first backfired as Indian seamers produced another clinical show to push the momentum in India’s favour on Day 1. Ishant Sharma led the pack with five wickets, followed by Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, who scalped three and two wickets respectively.

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