The tsunami called Virat Kohli has just not stopped taking its toll on the opposite teams. Playing against Sri Lanka, the one-down batsman once again proved why he is the best in the business by hammering another century and making sure India pocketed not only the match, but also the series again Sri Lanka.
Playing on a slow pitch and batting first, Sri Lanka never looked a world class team. After the exit of Kumar Sangakara from the series already, and the absence of fast bowler Kulasekhara, the home team has almost been paralyzed. They lost the sting and didn’t looka team that could cause any problems for India.
Virat Kohli came in at the sixth ball of the Indian innings after the centurion from the Gautam Gambhir Chasing the score of 252 was going to be tough on this slow pitch, which was quite evident when Sri Lanka was batting. The same reflected when India was batting. A total of 252 looked out of the reach at times.
Though Kohlikept one end going, wickets were falling at the other. Virender Sehwag soon got out after some lovely shots. Rohit Sharma had another forgettable outing as well. It was up to the pair of Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina to see India through. Kohli was as usual a lot more attentive and aggressive as well.
He started to build his innings slowly. But the real Kohli blossomed only after the mandatory batting
powerplay was taken. The asking rate had gone up, but was still within reach. It was the most productive 5 overs that yielded 55 runs. Kohli reached his century in 106 balls with seven fours and a six.
But he scored the next 28 runs off only 13 runs, which included five boundaries. He remained not out on 128 runs and was rightly chosen as the player of the match. India now leads the five match series 3-1.Read the related article here: http://expertscolumn.com/content/virat-kohli-guides-india-victory-against-pakistan