Virat Kohli scored his 30th ODI hundred in Colombo in the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka. Kohli came in to bat after the dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane. He got to three figures in 107 balls. With this, he also equals former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s record for second most ODI hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar leads the charts with 49 tons.
Kohli built a 99-run partnership with Manish Pandey before putting up a 109-run stand with Kedar Jadhav. Jadhav also got to his second ODI half century before his captain got to three figures. It is the 19th time that Kohli has scored a century in a chase. It is is also his second consecutive century in the series Kohli has been one of the most consistent performers for India with the bat in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. This is his second consecutive century after his blistering 131 off 96 balls in the fourth ODI and he had also notched up 82 in the first match to lead India to victory alongwith Shikhar Dhawan.
This is the 19th time Virat Kohli has scored a century in a chase for India in ODIs. Through the course of the innings, Kohli also got to 1000 ODI runs in 2017 – off just 18 matches.
Here are a few reactions to his innings:
Been a privilege to watch @imVkohli construct an innings, especially in a run chase.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 3 September 2017
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 3 September 2017
He makes it seem as if creating a record is just like recording a tape. Equals Ponting’s 30. Only one man above him.#ViratKohli
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) 3 September 2017
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 3 September 2017
Kohli’s century helped India finish a 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in the series. It is the first time ever that Sri Lanka have been whitewashed at home.