India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 18, 2012

Kohli's mastery of chases

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from India's record chase against Pakistan

Virat Kohli continued his extraordinary run of form to set up India's superb chase in their crucial clash against Pakistan. Here are the stats highlights from another run feast in Mirpur

  • Kohli's century is his 11th in ODIs and his seventh in chases. Among India batsmen, only Sachin Tendulkar has more centuries (17) than Kohli in chases. The 183 is also Kohli's highest score, surpassing his 133 in India's final group game in the tri-series in Australia. It is also the highest score in the history of the Asia Cup, going past Younis Khan's 144 in 2004.
  • The 183 is the highest individual score in ODIs against Pakistan, surpassing Brian Lara's 156 in 2005. Kohli just missed going past Shane Watson's 185 and is now joint-second with MS Dhoni on the list of the highest individual scores in an ODI chase. Kohli's average in chases (58.40) is second only to Watson's 59.10 among batsmen with 2000-plus runs in ODI chases.
  • Kohli has now scored three centuries and a half-century in his last four ODIs.

  • Among batsmen with 3000-plus runs, Kohli has the third-highest average (50.56) and is behind only Michael Bevan and Dhoni. The number of fours hit by Kohli (22) is joint-fourth on the list of most boundaries hit by a batsman in an innings.
  • India achieved their highest successful chase in ODIs. Their previous highest was the chase of 326 against England at Lord's in 2002. It is also the highest target chased by any team against Pakistan, surpassing Australia's chase of 316 in Lahore in 1998. No team has scored over 300 in successful chases on more occasions than India (13).
  • The 172-run stand between Kohli and Rohit Sharma is the sixth-highest overall for India against Pakistan and their second-highest for the third wicket against Pakistan behind the 201-run stand between Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag in Kochi in 2005. It is the third-highest partnership that Kohli has been involved in in the second innings of ODIs.
  • The 224-run stand between Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed is the second-highest opening partnership in an ODI defeat, behind the 235-run stand between Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten against India in Kochi in 2000. The top three opening stands in defeats have all come against India.
  • The partnership between Hafeez and Jamshed is the highest opening stand and the second-highest partnership overall for Pakistan in ODIs against India. It is also the highest stand in the Asia Cup, surpassing the 223-run stand between Shoaib Malik and Younis in 2004.
  • Despite Hafeez and Jamshed scoring centuries, Pakistan finished on the losing side. This is the 21st occasion overall in ODIs and the fifth such result in the last five months. This is also the sixth instance of both Pakistan openers scoring centuries in an innings.
  • Shahid Afridi went past the 7000-run mark in his 341st ODI. Although his average is poor (23.59), his strike-rate of 113.76 is the highest among the players with 7000-plus runs.
  • Wahab Riaz, who picked up five wickets in the World Cup semi-final against India, conceded 50 runs off his four overs. His economy-rate of 12.50 is the third-highest for a bowler from a Test team (excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) after Matthew Hoggard and Lasith Malinga (four-plus over spells).
  • Rohit's half-century is his first in nine innings. In his previous eight innings (after the 95 against West Indies in Ahmedabad), he scored 131 runs at 16.37. Overall, he has 12 half-centuries at an average of 33.23.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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