India defeated Afghanistan by 101 runs in their last match of the Asia Cup 2022, thanks to Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 122. Virat Kohli finally scored his 71st century, scoring 122 runs in 61 balls with 12 fours and six sixes. This is Kohli’s first century in T20 Internationals. This international century of Kohli has come after a long wait of 1020 days, while his last century came in the Test match played against Bangladesh on 23 November 2019. It was India’s last match in the Asia Cup 2022, already out of the race for the final, winning it to end their campaign. Electing to bat after losing the toss, the Indian team scored 212 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 20 overs due to Virat Kohli’s strong century. In reply, Afghanistan’s team could not stand before the lethal bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and could score only 111 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets.
Afghanistan’s team did not even emerge from Kohli’s innings that Bhuvneshwar Kumar piled up their upper order. Bhuvneshwar showed his brilliance with the new ball and took five wickets in four overs including a maiden. Bhuvneshwar dismissed Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Najibullah Zadran for zero while Karim Jannat was caught at slip for two.
Arshdeep, along with Bhuvneshwar, dismissed Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi, as a result of which six Afghan batsmen returned to the pavilion on the score of 21 runs. Ibrahim Zadran scored the highest 64 (59) runs for Afghanistan and helped Afghanistan to play the full 20 overs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman scored 18 (13) runs while Rashid Khan contributed 15 (19) runs. Dinesh Karthik gave 18 runs in the 20th over, but it was not enough for Afghanistan’s victory and India achieved a mammoth victory of 101 runs. Apart from Bhuvneshwar’s claws, Arshdeep, Ravichandran Ashwin and Deepak Hooda also got one wicket each.
Afghanistan blew up in Virat Kohli’s storm, King Kohli achieved these 10 milestones
Earlier, Virat Kohli’s 1020-day wait for a century came to an end and with the help of his 122 runs, India scored 212 for two in the formal match against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. Kohli played an unbeaten innings of 122 runs in 61 balls with the help of 12 fours and six sixes. This is his first century since November 2019 and his 71st career century. With this, he equaled Ricky Ponting in terms of international centuries and is now behind Sachin Tendulkar. Regular captain Rohit Sharma was rested and KL Rahul, who was captaining in his place, scored 62 runs in 41 balls. He added 119 runs in 76 balls for the first wicket with Kohli.
Kohli played shots in the desired direction and showed signs of returning to his familiar form. At the other end, Rahul also played a confident innings. Both the openers played carefully with the spinners especially Rashid Khan. Kohli also made excellent sweep shots in his innings, especially the stroke of Mujibur Rahman was visible. He was also given life by Mohammad Nabi in the deep in the eighth over.
Virat Kohli dedicated his 71st century to these 2 special people, gave this statement after the historic innings
India scored 87 runs in ten overs for no loss. Kohli completed his century by playing a pool shot off fast bowler Farid Ahmed. He took off his helmet after scoring a century and kissed his chain. He took India past 200 by hitting two sixes and a four off Fazlhaq Farooqui.
India’s journey in Asia Cup 2022
India started their campaign in the Asia Cup in a tremendous way. In their first match of the tournament, the Indian team defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets and Hong Kong by 40 runs. But after reaching the Super Four, Team India had to face defeat in two consecutive matches. In the Super Four, India defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets and Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. India beat Afghanistan by 101 runs in the last match of the Asia Cup. India had to bow out of the tournament after losing two consecutive matches in the Super Four. The final of the Asia Cup will be played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Sunday (September 11).
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