India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur

Kohli's mastery of chases

Stats highlights from India's record chase against Pakistan

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

March 18, 2012

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Virat Kohli celebrates his century, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 18, 2012
Virat Kohli is now behind only Sachin Tendulkar among India batsmen with the most centuries in chases © AFP
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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

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (March 19, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

Folks, having seen cricketers from late 70s onwards, I THINK we are seeing the most DRVEN and ambitious young cricketer since Gavaskar and Lara (both of whom considered themselves no less than Bradman irrespective of end career achievements; and Sunny did score 20 100s by 52 Tests, 1st to scale 10,000 which was considered UNTHINKABLE during that era and Lara almost managed to equal Don's 200s, apart from 1st 400 in Tests). Kohli's average of 50 is almost unprecedented for a top-order ODI batsman (most of his innings at 3 or 4) unlike Hussey,Dhoni, Bevan who batted lower down. If he keeps his head, his 100 100s break-up would be 7 T20 100s, 33 Test 100s and 60 ODIs (going by his current hunger for ODI 100s). Despite his nascent career but cos of his extraordinary winning exploits/stats, I already anoint him as among the top 10 ODI bats of all-time with 40 pkus average:Richards,SRT,Jones,Bevan,Hussey,Ponting,Dhoni,Ganguly (just shading Pietersen),Lara being other 9.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

This is incredible STUFF -extremely happy about VIRAT Kohli

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

I fully agree with all the above comments, and also wish that he continues this good form as long as possible. Chak De INDIA !!!!!!!!!1

Posted by zico123 on (March 19, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

amid all compliments and hype around him, Kohli has to stay hunble, can't let his head go big, should keep his head on his shoulder, and should tell himself that he has in him to be the best ODI and Test player of the world, it is up to him if he wants to rewrite record books, it is how badly he wants it, all the best Kohli.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Kohli will make a name for himself in test as well. He was the only player to score hundred in austrilla in test series, among all the other seniors, as soon as he gets a chance to bat a little higher in order he will be on his way to scoring massive test runs as well. He has so many attributes of sachin, they both are great runners beetween the wicket, and can find gaps. Next test series is vs sri lanka in september, kohli should do well there. This also is a great lineup india have made, good choice bringing in yusuf pathan, you need batsman who can score fast, since 300 is minumun score needed in sub continent pitches. If india make to final win the toss and chase again.

Posted by Sukumar_Kantri on (March 19, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

An absolute master class by Indian batsmen in the wonderful chase. Proves again that India is master of chases. Kohli,Sachin,Rohit made it for India. Words are not enough to describe this.

Posted by manikandan.p on (March 19, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

he is match winner like ponting, lara, inzamam, sachin. we proud about him, because india have match winning player

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Its clear that Kohli is going to break a few ODI records before he retires, if he also manages to adapt to Test cricket he's got a chance of being a batting great. He'll have to work hard to achieve this, the fact that the two people ahead of him in the ODI averages (Dhoni and Bevan) both average under 40 (under 30 for Bevan) in Tests goes to show that being a ODI great is no guarantee of test success.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

Respect.......Kohli..........

Posted by Just_love_it on (March 19, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

@ Barbar Shariq .........U must be joking !!

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