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Virat Kohli equals Kane Williamson’s record with consecutive T20I fifties

March 17, 2021

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Virat Kohli accomplished a new feat on Tuesday with his second successive half-century in the ongoing T20I series against England. Leading from the front in the third T20I match at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad, Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 77 off 46 balls to help India post 156/6 on the board after a faltering start.

After scoring a blistering 73 not out in the second T20I, the Indian captain continued his prolific run and produced another batting masterclass against the Three Lions on Tuesday. The 32-year-old came out to bat at no.4, with India struggling at 20/2 after losing both opening batsman KL Rahul (0) and Rohit Sharma (15) cheaply. The skipper then took control of India's innings and notched up his 27th half-century in the game's shortest format.

Kohli became the first-ever cricketer to accomplish 3,000 runs in T20Is

With his second consecutive fifty in the ongoing series against England, Kohli levelled New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson's record of most number of half-centuries by a captain in T20Is. Kohli and Williamson have scored eleven fifties each in the shortest format of the game. Kohli also becomes the first cricketer to accomplish 3,000 runs in T20Is. The batsman now has 3078 runs in 88 matches.

Virat Kohli's unbeaten 77 helped India post a fighting total of 156/6 on the board. He played some magnificent shots and took the likes of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer to the cleaners during his brilliant. 

Hardik Pandya joined Kohli in the middle with India 86/5 in the 15th over. The duo combined to make the most of the remaining overs as they scored 56 runs from the final 24 deliveries to help the hosts cross the 150-run mark. It was a classic and dominating batting from the Indian captain, who struggled with his form heading into the series. After getting dismissed on a duck in the opening T20I, Kohli scored 150 runs in the next two matches while remaining unbeaten. With the win in the third match, England has now a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. India and England will now meet in the fourth T20I on March 18.

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