First One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli batting masterpiece (113 runs off 87 balls) enabled India set the visitors an impossible 374-run goal on Tuesday in Guwahati. In addition to Kohli, the skipper Rohit Sharma (83 from 67 balls) and Shubman Gill (70 from 60 balls) all made significant contributions.
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Virat Kohli responded to his remarkable performance by saying that “luck plays a significant part,” maybe in reference to the fact that he received not one, but two reprieves his route to his 73rd international hundred. Virat got thrown out of the game twice. Initially, Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka lost Kohli in the 43rd over as he was batting on 81 after wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis missed a chance behind the wickets.
The 73rd international century of Virat Kohli’s career was scored.
“I’ve had a little rest and several practise sessions. I’ve just returned from a tour of Bangladesh where things didn’t exactly go as I had hoped in the second half. The home season was something I was really anticipating. I have to continue to bat through the innings as usual while maintaining a high strike rate, “During the innings break, Kohli added.
‘I would take those any day. Luck plays a big part, you need to thank god on such evenings. These evenings are important, pretty aware of that. Thankful that I made the most of that luck presented to me. I helped the team get 20 runs extra, rather than 350. It’s going to be the same thing. Someone will have to score a 150, or 140 to chase this down. But it also gives our bowlers a chance to bowl with dew coming into play. I am quite aware of what I eat, diet is the most important thing at this age. That keeps me in prime shape. That helps me give my 100 percent for the team.”