Virat Kohli ensured India took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series against West Indies as he struck an unbeaten 94-run knock in the match hosted by Hyderabad. Chasing 208 to win, Kohli crawled to his first 25 runs at run-a-ball strike rate. However, from the halfway stage, he took charge of the chase scoring regular boundaries. He scored 94 from 50 deliveries with six fours and as many maximums. Kohli’s efforts helped India chase down the target with 8 balls to spare.
All the stats and records which Virat Kohli scripted on his way to an unbeaten 94 against West Indies:
5 – Virat Kohli has been unbeaten in five successful T20I chases while leading the Indian team. These are the joint 2nd most unbeaten knocks by any skipper in successful T20I chases. MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 12 occasions when leading the team while George Bailey and Eoin Morgan were also unbeaten five times.
7 – Number of fifty-plus scores as captain for Virat Kohli in T20I cricket; the joint 2nd most by any player. Faf du Plessis has eight 50+ scores in T20Is while leading the team while Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson also have seven 50+ scores in the T20I format as captain. Kohli has six fifties in T20I chases as a skipper; two more than any other player.
12 – Virat Kohli now has received the player of the match award on 12 occasions in the T20Is; the joint-most such awards for any player in this format. Mohammad Nabi also has been the recipient of player of the match awards in T20Is on 12 instances.
14 – India won each of the 14 T20I matches while chasing where Virat Kohli remained unbeaten. Only two players remained unbeaten more often than Kohli in successful T20I chases – Shoaib Malik (16) and MS Dhoni (15).
23 – Kohli has struck 23 fifties in his T20I career thus far; the most scores in excess of 50 runs in T20I history. He thus surpassed Rohit Sharma’s 22 50+ scores which include four hundreds.
27 – Virat has received the player of the match awards on 27 occasions in his Twenty20 career thus far – 12 in IPL, 12 in T20Is and 3 in CLT20. These are the joint-most player of the match awards for an Indian in T20 format alongside Rohit Sharma (27 – 17 in IPL, 9 in T20Is and 1 in CLT20).
94* – Kohli’s unbeaten 94 is now the 3rd highest individual score by a captain during a T20I chase. Paras Khadka scored 106* during Singapore T20I Tri-series against Singapore in September. Two weeks before Khadka’s knock, Pieter Seelaar scored 96* in an unsuccessful chase against Scotland in Ireland Tri-series.
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