India v Sri Lanka, CB series, Hobart February 28, 2012

Kohli's brilliance in chases

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from an incredible ODI as India chased down 321 in just 37 overs
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Virat Kohli's spectacular century set up India's they became only the second team to chase a 300-plus target in less than 40 overs. Here are the stats highlights from an absorbing ODI.

  • Kohli scored his ninth ODI century and his second against Sri Lanka. It is also his sixth century in ODI chases. Kohli's strike rate of 154.65 is the third-highest for an Indian batsman in an ODI chase (centuries only) after Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Azharuddin.

  • The run-rate during the century stand between Kohli and Suresh Raina (13.56) is the highest ever for India for a 100-plus partnership in ODIs, and the highest against major Test teams. The highest overall is 17.73 during the 136-run stand between Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan against USA in 2004.

  • Gautam Gambhir and Kohli were involved in their fifth century stand in ODI chases. In the second innings (min. 1000 partnership runs), the pair averages the highest (75.33).

  • Lasith Malinga conceded over 90 runs for the first time in his ODI career. His economy rate of 12.52 is the highest in ODIs for a minimum of five overs.

  • India batted second for the eighth time in the series. There have been only four previous occasions when teams have batted second more often in an ODI series. The target of 321 is the second-highest successfully chased target in ODIs in Australia and also the third-highest target chased by India.

  • India become only the second team after Sri Lanka (Headingley 2006) to chase a 300-plus target in under 40 overs. Sri Lanka had scored 324 in 37.3 overs, which makes India's effort the fastest chase of a 300-plus target. In fact, India's run-rate of 8.75 is the second-highest for a 250-plus chase in ODIs after South Africa's chase of 434 in Johannesburg in 2006, when they achieved a rate of 8.78.

  • India hit 33 fours in their innings equalling the highest number of boundaries hit in a team innings in Australia. The number of fours hit in the match (54) is the joint fifth-highest in a game in Australia.

  • Both Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara scored their fourth ODI century against India. Only Sanath Jayasuriya (7), Ricky Ponting (6), Nathan Astle and Salman Butt (5) have scored more ODI centuries against India. Dilshan, who equalled his highest ODI score (against India in Rajkot), also becomes only the second batsman after Jayasuriya to make a 150-plus score on two occasions against India.

  • The 200-run stand between Sangakkara and Dilshan is the fifth double-century stand for the second wicket in ODIs against India. It is also the highest partnership in ODIs in Hobart surpassing the 165-run stand between Nick Knight and Marcus Trescothick in 2003. The double-hundred stand is also the 11th in the history of the Australian tri-series and the second for Sri Lanka in the competition.

  • With both Sangakkara and Dilshan scoring centuries, it is the 15th instance of two batsmen scoring a century in the same team innings against India. For Sri Lanka, this is the 11th instance overall of two batsmen scoring a century in the same innings and the third such occasion since the start of the 2011 World Cup.

  • Sangakkara's century is his 13th in ODIs and his fourth against India. it is also his second century in Australia after the 128 against India in Adelaide in 2008. His strike rate of 120.68 during his century is his highest for a 100-plus score.

  • Sri Lanka's 321 is their ninth total of 300 or more against India in ODIs. They have, however, gone on to lose five of the nine matches. It is also the 56th time that India have conceded 300-plus runs, the most for any team.

  • The match aggregate of 641 is the third-highest in an ODI in Australia. The highest is 678 in the game between Australia and New Zealand in Perth in 2006-07. The match run-rate of 7.39 is the highest for a completed ODI in Australia.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

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  • Kaze on February 29, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Let me fix that for you. Brilliance in chases against sides with no good bowling attacks on flat tracks.

  • Johnny_129 on February 29, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Once again India has forgotten all the losses and thumpings just because of one good win!!! Furthermore, why is it that whenever any batsman plays well, some people use that as an opportunity to take 'pot-shots' at Tendulkar! Why not compare Kohli's innings to the best of Dravids or Ganguly's or Lara's instead??? Kohli's innings was brilliant but let's keep a balance - it was a completely flat track and he did have a good platform to build on. The performance of Gambhir should not be ignored either - he was also brilliant - just like he was when he won India the WC Final!

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    well done VIRAT, keep going...

  • moBlue on February 29, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    to people who diss tendulkar: you must not know very much about cricket! after tendulkar retires, and your rainas and rohit-sharmas come up empty-handed on away tours, both in ODIs and more importantly in test cricket, i am sure you'll miss sachin [and lax and dravid] badly! i am appalled at the gall it must take to diss a once-in-a-lifetime cricketer, that too one full of more grace in his little pinkie than some of you have in your entire body, and one whom even the great don bradman, the greatest batter ever, himself said he reminded him of! do you think the rest of us will pay attention to your whinging or to the comments of a don bradman? something tells me you are not as old as the great batter... some of us watched him play test cricket in pakistan when he was (likely) half your age against imran, waqar and wasim! stop embarrassing yourselves with your lack of a cricketing nous, and irritating people like me! :-)

  • zico123 on February 29, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Kohli should tell himself he has the potential to be the best ODI and Test player in the world, he should show the same to the world

  • passionate_cricket_follower on February 29, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @Mallikarjuna Rao: Agreed SRT is the best batsman ever to play cricket. No doubts in that. But the title of this article reads "Kohli's brilliance in chases". Finishing matches in chases is a trait that has eluded the little master. Yes, as pachchu has mentioned, there has been innings like the 117* vs Aus. But there are very few such innings as compared to the number of brilliant innings SRT played. What I tried to point out is Virat is quickly getting adept at this particular trait of finishing matches. I never compared him to the little master as a whole. I just picked up this particular innings to point out how skilled virat is gradually getting, as far as finishing matches is concerned.

  • SivaRamaKrushna on February 29, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    People who are talking about Tendulkar, just check how many man of the match and man of the series he got already. Do you think they were given by cricket-illiterates? Did you watch 2003 world cup? By the way, I am not a fan of SRT. But I like his commitment, after playing more than 22 years still he is hungry for runs as 20 years old young batsman. He is competing with players who haven't born when he started his career. Is it not rare? You may argue that he is playing for money or fame etc. It may be true. But how many people can do that with such commitment? There are lots of talented young players in India, but do they have such commitment? If yes, why they are in & out very frequently? I saw so many young players playing careless shots and getting out after performing in 1, 2 series. Is it not true? How many types of shots and types of bowling SRT can play? How many players you saw playing like him? If you cannot answer these questions means you are wrong.

  • SivaRamaKrushna on February 29, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    This is a nice chasing by India but still I feel this chasing still as not as great as India's chasing by Yuvaraj and Kaif in Natwest Final'2003 because in that match 5 wickets down for the score about 150 and there was no recognized batsman after this pair and that was a final match too. I like Dravid's batting in Tests and Yuvaraj's batting in limited overs. I feel that Yuvaraj is the great finisher than anyone in Indian Team. And the people, who are talking about Tendulkar's performance, I have some questions.

  • Mid_Wicket on February 29, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    difference between kohli n tendulkar is tendulkar always goes for records n kohli thinks abt da country. dats hw da sri lankans feel abt it.

  • Sagay-Ed on February 29, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @Ѵіѕнѵєѕн Єғғіісіієит Амііавгє and others who have supported Tendulkar - Nice comments. As you said, Sachin is there to open the innings and set a platform. He has done that most of the times and his career speaks about that. When the whole cricketing world is accepting that he is a great batsmen, I don't know how some people are passing cheap comments about him. He has achieved what no one has achieved, pay respect if possible don't post bad comments on him.

  • Kaze on February 29, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Let me fix that for you. Brilliance in chases against sides with no good bowling attacks on flat tracks.

  • Johnny_129 on February 29, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Once again India has forgotten all the losses and thumpings just because of one good win!!! Furthermore, why is it that whenever any batsman plays well, some people use that as an opportunity to take 'pot-shots' at Tendulkar! Why not compare Kohli's innings to the best of Dravids or Ganguly's or Lara's instead??? Kohli's innings was brilliant but let's keep a balance - it was a completely flat track and he did have a good platform to build on. The performance of Gambhir should not be ignored either - he was also brilliant - just like he was when he won India the WC Final!

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    well done VIRAT, keep going...

  • moBlue on February 29, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    to people who diss tendulkar: you must not know very much about cricket! after tendulkar retires, and your rainas and rohit-sharmas come up empty-handed on away tours, both in ODIs and more importantly in test cricket, i am sure you'll miss sachin [and lax and dravid] badly! i am appalled at the gall it must take to diss a once-in-a-lifetime cricketer, that too one full of more grace in his little pinkie than some of you have in your entire body, and one whom even the great don bradman, the greatest batter ever, himself said he reminded him of! do you think the rest of us will pay attention to your whinging or to the comments of a don bradman? something tells me you are not as old as the great batter... some of us watched him play test cricket in pakistan when he was (likely) half your age against imran, waqar and wasim! stop embarrassing yourselves with your lack of a cricketing nous, and irritating people like me! :-)

  • zico123 on February 29, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Kohli should tell himself he has the potential to be the best ODI and Test player in the world, he should show the same to the world

  • passionate_cricket_follower on February 29, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @Mallikarjuna Rao: Agreed SRT is the best batsman ever to play cricket. No doubts in that. But the title of this article reads "Kohli's brilliance in chases". Finishing matches in chases is a trait that has eluded the little master. Yes, as pachchu has mentioned, there has been innings like the 117* vs Aus. But there are very few such innings as compared to the number of brilliant innings SRT played. What I tried to point out is Virat is quickly getting adept at this particular trait of finishing matches. I never compared him to the little master as a whole. I just picked up this particular innings to point out how skilled virat is gradually getting, as far as finishing matches is concerned.

  • SivaRamaKrushna on February 29, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    People who are talking about Tendulkar, just check how many man of the match and man of the series he got already. Do you think they were given by cricket-illiterates? Did you watch 2003 world cup? By the way, I am not a fan of SRT. But I like his commitment, after playing more than 22 years still he is hungry for runs as 20 years old young batsman. He is competing with players who haven't born when he started his career. Is it not rare? You may argue that he is playing for money or fame etc. It may be true. But how many people can do that with such commitment? There are lots of talented young players in India, but do they have such commitment? If yes, why they are in & out very frequently? I saw so many young players playing careless shots and getting out after performing in 1, 2 series. Is it not true? How many types of shots and types of bowling SRT can play? How many players you saw playing like him? If you cannot answer these questions means you are wrong.

  • SivaRamaKrushna on February 29, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    This is a nice chasing by India but still I feel this chasing still as not as great as India's chasing by Yuvaraj and Kaif in Natwest Final'2003 because in that match 5 wickets down for the score about 150 and there was no recognized batsman after this pair and that was a final match too. I like Dravid's batting in Tests and Yuvaraj's batting in limited overs. I feel that Yuvaraj is the great finisher than anyone in Indian Team. And the people, who are talking about Tendulkar's performance, I have some questions.

  • Mid_Wicket on February 29, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    difference between kohli n tendulkar is tendulkar always goes for records n kohli thinks abt da country. dats hw da sri lankans feel abt it.

  • Sagay-Ed on February 29, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @Ѵіѕнѵєѕн Єғғіісіієит Амііавгє and others who have supported Tendulkar - Nice comments. As you said, Sachin is there to open the innings and set a platform. He has done that most of the times and his career speaks about that. When the whole cricketing world is accepting that he is a great batsmen, I don't know how some people are passing cheap comments about him. He has achieved what no one has achieved, pay respect if possible don't post bad comments on him.

  • on February 29, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower The two matches in sharjah you are talking about, on both the occasions Sachin was wrongly judged as out and there were no major contributors in those two games. Current match also its not a single handed victory from Kohli alone it was a team effort right from the start given by Sachin and Sehwag to the way Gambhir and Raina batted. Also can you name a opening batsmen who is a good finisher. You are comparing a legend with rookie. You can say Kohli as a Good player but Sachin is a Great if not the Best player ever.

  • ats78 on February 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I can see the Aussies sweating profusely right now the way Indians are playing, they will let SriLanka win for sure on Friday and avoid a repeat of 2008 CB Series, for those cribbing about India (flat track bullies etc etc) well they won the last time at that time what happened, the truth is this team plays with the true spirit of the game if you look at thiramane's runout withdrawal or Hussey's stupidity(handling the ball) and even Brett Lee's cowardly blocking out of Sachin all of which said and done they fought like giants and we can say that they arent World champions just like that. GO India. Aussies be afraid be very afraid...

  • AnilKumarK on February 29, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    I don't understand y ppl always compare/comment on Tendulkar's match winning performance.Comments like.., He only plays for his records etc. The Ppl who ever are pointing out/making a survey can show one instance where he played dots to get a better record when team needed runs?????? Atlast he is also a human, he will do mistakes and he will also have pressure. Just stop this kind of comparisons towards the Great Man which is an insult to him. By the way am a big fan of THE WALL, meanwhile i love great performers.

  • pachchu on February 29, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower - are you forgetting the last CB series (2007-8) finals? Tendulkar carried his bat 117*(120) to win the match against Aus against bowlers like Lee, Johnson and Bracken. Yes, not as glorious as Virat's, but a chase in an important match nevertheless. He scored 91 in the second CB series finals too.

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    ANOTHER LITTLE MASTER FOR INDIA

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    To Those Who Says Tendulkar Is Not A Great Finisher...Grow Up He isn't in the team to finish off matches...he is there to set a platform...thats what an opener does :P Foolish Comments

  • DE-BEST-XI on February 29, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    i wish australia lose against SL otherwise INDIA will be beaten again so badly in the one -sided affairs with OZ; a team that cant chase 237 even in the complete series when score 320 in less than 40 overs just further illustrates the point that ONE-DAYERs are acutally one day games where a flukes can go your way as well. rem in 92 WC game zimababwe chased down 313 against SL but no one gave them any look , same goes here. As a cricket supporter i m wishing they shud come back as early as possible without any further drubbing against OZ in finals(if they reach through some luck)

  • on February 29, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    @Amir Sohail The match you are reffering to is a good chase but not as brilliant as this one. SL were leading 3-1 in 5 match series and they smashed Eng in a dead rubber.Also there was no need for them to chase under 40 overs for any reason though they did it. Here scenario is different, India should chase it within 40 overs to keep thier chances for entering Finals( if Oz wins final league game). Also the Eng bowling lacked depth and accuracy throughout that series, whereas here SL bowlers are in peak form. Chasing down 320+ without pressure is no where equal to chase within 40 overs in a do-or-die game is absolutely fantastic. I rate this chase as second best after 438 run chase by SA.Among SL's second innings heroics, I rate the 411/8 score Vs India ( Dilshan scored 160 in that game too) chasing 415 as best one

  • dondavid on February 29, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower: At around age 23, Tendulkar was already labelled as "Little Master" by people who played the game, guess that sums up the great man. However, as an Indian I would also like to see Kohli emulate him.

  • on February 29, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Historical game for sure!!!!!

  • vivek464 on February 29, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    @ passionate_cricket_follower Agreed that tendulkar hasn't ever finsihed off games like Kohli has, but he does open. In terms of batsmanship, tendulkar is not surpassed by anyone other than the Don, and lara stands alongside him. Agreed though, tendulkar never takes it home, is just brilliant at setting matches home. Finishing is a skill that Tendulkar is not very good at. Kohli is an excellent one-day batsman, and he proved so last night. brilliant innings. All I was saying was that you still can't compare the two (not quite yet), but kohli does have a skill that the little master does not have. Fingers crossed for an Aussie win

  • on February 29, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    this is not the first time team chased 320+ score under 40 overs..sri lanka achieved that feat six years ago against england where they chased 321 in 37th over.. here take look at the score card http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/225254.html

  • passionate_cricket_follower on February 29, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    @dondavid, bigdhonifan, vivek464, Venkatesh Akula Chakrapani, cricky_lover: i aptly remember SRT's twin centuries at sharjah 1998 vs aussies. in the first one, India qualified, but lost the match. In the second one, India won, but SRT was out, and didn't see India through. A man who has scored nearly 100 international is a cricketing encyclopedia, i agree. But you will find, there's many centuries among those, in which he got out after a brilliant knock, and India lost the match by a whisker. The most recent I remember is the 175 vs Aussies again, and maybe the 136 in a test in chennai vs Pakistan (there've been many more brilliant innings for a losing cause like these!). I firmly understand, that virat has to travel a lot to be anywhere near SRT. But I stand by my point that I haven't seen SRT win a match on his own such convincingly, as virat did yesterday.

  • Meety on February 29, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - hmmmm, so this comp is no longer "boring" hey????

  • on February 28, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Who ever says that India is a flat track bullies ....... I think they just born after 2008 when India beat Australia in Australia ..........

  • vprakesh on February 28, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    @ Anshul Kharbanda : You can became so popular :)

  • on February 28, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    @David_Boon ! don't go in to day/ night dreams 3 times oz win world cup and India crushed them on 4th time......... don't jump up and down ! relax its not you playing to say crush india..... if you come to play you can't even play with indian street dogs....

    India will crush OZ ...........now oz is going vv.......

  • X_Bat on February 28, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    What a difference a wicket can make. A flat wicket serves up cannon fodder for the batting team. Less capable bowlers just stand up and serve. However a flat wicket can't be entirely responsible for Malinga's ineffectiveness as a pitched up ball should be the same on a flat or green wicket? Well done India and Kohli.

  • X_Bat on February 28, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Congratulations to both Sri Lanka and India for a remarkable and extraordinary game. India's achievement in chasing down Sri Lanka's total showed us again what India is capable of. There were many great individual performances but Kohli's needs to be singled out as one of the truly great and unforgettable ODI batting displays.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 28, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    hahahahah absolute carnage by the Indians. I love this competition now. I feel sorry for the SL team. I also wish India did this to the Aussies in the earlier game. I guess the lack of pressure helped India to play with freedom cause they were thinking they are out of the series. Virat has promised to have this attitude forever. I love this guy. He's a lot like Dave Warner. Such players make international cricket worthwhile. This game also goes to show that quality bowlers like Malinga can also be taken apart. I am very happy. I don't even care if India don't make it to the finals here on. Indian fans only need to see such fight from their team overseas.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on February 28, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @David_Boon: Australia plays Sri Lanka in the finals if they lose Friday's match.

  • dondavid on February 28, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower - Havent you watched Tendulkar's twin centuries at Sharajah, to name a few, maybe you started watching cricket last year or something.

  • on February 28, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Even if India don't make it to the finals,making 321 in 36.4 overs is a huge achievement

  • on February 28, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    @david_boon : Idiot, If u really wanna beat India in the finals, then u must beat SL first. Or have you been following some other series??

  • bigdhonifan on February 28, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower you havnt seen Cricket matches in 1990's Back to back centuries to crush Aussies.

  • vivek464 on February 28, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @passionate-cricket-folower have u ever heard of sharjah 1998? Those were two knocks against a much better bowling attack. And to compare him with Tendulkar who along with Lara is the greastesy of our era, is idiotic. HE has destroyed australia again and again. averaged 81.5 in South Africa recently, and averages over 50 in england. So ur argument has nothing in it. ANyways great knock by Kohli.

  • on February 28, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    What abt sachins 175? if only he had got a partner such as gambhir at the other end india would have won

  • on February 28, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower on...u could be a passionate cricket follower but definitely not passionate enuff abt stats! do u remembr the 1997 ODI series in SA..Sachin hit a 100 against Zim when he was woefully outta form until the qualifying match and ZIM had a decent bowling attack with E Brandes and Co, have u not heard of the 1998 sandstrom innings against AUS in Sharjah, and he scored a ton in the finals too. stop being a sachin basher, just enjoy the victory and hope this win turns the fortune!

  • on February 28, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Brilliant I am speechless guys

  • DeathKnell on February 28, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower - I hope you must be a school kid (mostly a nursery or a primary school)..Sachin is nothing but a cricket encyclopedia...it will take ages to browse through the pages..if possible just go thru it to know what he is made off, what he has achieved and achieving and will achieve..

  • zico123 on February 28, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Virat Kohli should tell himself he can be the best Test and ODI batsman in the world, he can show the world, just stay humble, focussed and keep your head on your shoulder

  • puneet_usa on February 28, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    @@@RMEHTA69(@@@@Brumby90 @@@ANSHUL@@@- DO YOU REALLY FOLLOW CRICKET AND IT MAKES ME WONDER IF YOU WOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION ON OTHER SECTIONS OF THE POINTS TABLE RATHER THAN JUST RUN RATE- YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN UP TO SPEED ON THINGS HERE AS YOU WOULD HAVE FIGURED SOMETHING ELSE OUT AS WELL..RUN RATE DON'T EVEN COME INTO PICTURE- INDIA AND SL PLAYED 4 MATCHES- INDIA WON-2, SL-1 AND ONE MATCH WAS A TIE SO AS PER THE CB SERIES RULES A TEAM WITH MORE WINS OVER THE OTHER WILL GO AHEAD TO THE FINAL PHASE IF THE POINTS ARE SHARED....CAN I MAKE IT MORE CLEARER FOR YOU OR ELSE CHECK THE STATS AND FACTS BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS.

  • cricket2Monkey on February 28, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda and few others who have been posting net runrate comments. Please read the articles and the game previews before commenting. If SL loses they go home, because CB series rule accounts head to head clashes first before net run rate.

  • David_Boon on February 28, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Hopefully Australia lose to Sri Lanka so we can crush India again with ease in the finals!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on February 28, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    people say it's too early to compare virat to SRT. but i've never seen an SRT innings even close to virat's innings!

  • on February 28, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @Anshul - India are ahead of SL on a better head-to-head (2 wins, 1 loss, 1 tie). So net run rate will not come into picture. If Aus doesn't fail to win, India will be in final.

  • on February 28, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda, not true. The play conditions of this tournament state that the head-to-head determines final ranking above net run rate in the event of a points tie. NRR only comes into the calculation if the head-to-head is even. India beat SL twice, SL beat India once, therefore India goes to the finals if Aus beats SL.

  • mavericks_2011 on February 28, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda - NRR will be the last criterion if India and SL are tied on the same points. Prior to that, the number of head to head victories will be taken into account, and since India has defeated SL twice, they will go through to the finals. If say there was a situation that both the teams had equal number of wins against each other, the number of bonus points would have been taken into consideration before NRR. So don't be surprised when the entire country will pray for an Australian victory on Saturday. It will be a first for me too :)

  • abiindia on February 28, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    it is very sad, srilanka have four finals in one tournamant. today with india, and again with aus, and in two real finals to get a cup. very sorry state.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 28, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Wow, Indians really do have mastery over the slow pitches. This is huge mental blow to the Sri Lankans and they will be without momentum against Australia who will be supplied with more firepower in pattinson. Really crazy stuff going down Friday

  • sachbak on February 28, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    @ Anshul Kharbanda the media here is advocating that, because if sri lanka does lose then India will go through, do a little research and you'll find out why, seriously do think this many media would ALL make a mistake?

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Total Dhamaal performance. The chase was on from the very first over.Kohli has played a Innings he will personally cherish for life.Such was the intensity of the chase , that Malinga 1 of the best in bowling the death overs was clueless and the most expensive. For a change Indian team has delivered. Irrespective of the outcome of the last match , for this one theys erve a pat on the back.

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda ... That is because in this series .... the criteria that is considered first is the NUMBER OF WINS and not NRR. If the Number of wins is same then they look at NRR.

    So if SL loses their game with AUS then India goes right through to Finals.

  • rohit986 on February 28, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    hey anshul you havent read the rules of this competition - India will go through if Aust beat Lanka as per below In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • umbuly on February 28, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @Anshul: NRR doesn't matter to decide between SL and IND if they are equal on points. Because IND has won 2-1 against SL in this tournament so far. So if SL loses on Friday, IND will be through.

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @anushul kharbanda , buddy if SL looses to AUS , INDIA will make up to finals reason being INDIA has won 2 games against SL.

  • LAKINGSFAN on February 28, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda: First try to understand the tie breaking rules of this tournament. If two teams are tied, head-to-head of those two teams are taken into account before net run rate comes into picture. India leads against SL 2-1 head-to-head. If Australia wins on Friday it's India vs Australia finals. As simple as that. May be media in SL don't know about the tie breaking rules.

  • on February 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda- U might be right in other serieswhr net-run rate is considered but in this particular series when two teams r tied then the no of matches won between thm are counted and india is ahed of srilanks buy 2-1 and a tie...so India will qualify if SL looses to aus.

  • kesh2002 on February 28, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Hi anshul,

    In this format of the seris net runrate will be counted if both the teams have won against each other on equal terma. in the present secnerio India & Srilanka have played 4 times with each oterh off which IndIA HAVE WON 2 GAMES, TIED ONE AND LOST ONE. THIS MAKED HEAD TO HEAD INDIA 2 - SRI LANKA. hence Sri Lanka will have to win the game on Friday to enter the Finals

  • pankajkumarsingh on February 28, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1 - Give Kohli some time and a couple failures.. you'd start calling him k'0'hli. They are humans dude! There will be ups and down. Obviously you havent followed '10'dulkar's career.

  • abhi20690 on February 28, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    @ anshul kharbanda

    the cb series rules states that if two teams are equal on points then more wins will be used to separate them. If still equal numbers of wins as india and sri lanka would have if sri lanka lost to australia then head to head results between the two teams will be used which India lead 2-1 with one match being a tie.Therefore sri lanka must lose by any margin for india to qualify for the finals.

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    @anshul: check this out

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • dprasadh on February 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda - Read the rules of this CB series before you comment. The net run-rate would not really matter as the rule says - If two teams are tied on the same points, then the team with most number of wins in head-to-head matches would make it through. In this case, Ind has won 2 games against SL while SL managed to win only one game against Ind - so India would go through should SL lose to Aus! Get it?? The only advantage for SL though is, their fate is in their hands unlike India who fate is now relying on Aus winning (or SL losing) the last match.

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    @anshul kharbanda: net run rate don't matter in this tri series. It's about head to head wins and india is ahead of sri lanka in it........ so if sri lanka lose their match against aussies, India will qualify irrespective of their net run rate !!!

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda : Boss please go to the Points Table and read thoroughly you will get to know how india still can qualify.

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    @ Anshul Kharbanda: In this tournament, run rate is not the criteria for situations like these. Most number of wins in matches played between India and SL is. So India has 2 wins against SL which is the reason India will qualify if SL loses to Australia. Cheers :)

  • psubbu79 on February 28, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Incredible innings. This is the talent that people have been talking about. I hope that if India qualify, they thrash the heck out of the Aussies. But I think the Aussies will intentionally lose so they can maul the Lankans in the final. Virat's innings would have sent a chill up their spine.

    @Anshul Kharbanda the rules of this series give preference to total number of victories against each other than the NRR

  • Aerofight on February 28, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @ Anshul Kharbanda In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

  • Anandp2208 on February 28, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Hi Anshul,

    Regarding your comment "Even if Sri Lanka loses the next match it can still qualify for the finals because of their better net run rate. I don't understand why the hell media out here in India still advocating the fact that India can still make it to the finals. But nevertheless awesome innings by Virat Kohli but too late in this case. "

    On team with equal points(15) , team with more win in the matches played against each other in this tri series will qualify.India has won twice against sri lanka's one win. so if srilanka lose the next match india will qualify for the final.

  • ratedstfu44 on February 28, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    NO NO NO kohli's maximum run chase came in Indian flat pitches,,,,this was also one of the flat pitches, still i give credit to him, but he is yet to prove his ability in Fast seaming condition like GABBA...

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Really!!MindBlowing performance done by Virat :) It's such a good sign for indian cricket :)if we qualified for d cb final mean,definately indian players wll rapped Oz's at Ones again:)

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    It's not like ki Indian media is making a big issue of possibility of Indian Team would reach into the finals cause the rules says that if Sri lanka will loose in the nest match , India will be in the finals as in case of equal points ... 1. The team with the most number of wins 2. If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins 3. If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points 4. If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    So , Now its a real chance for India to be in the finals .

    & What a fab fab fab fab nd classic innings by Virat . He is awesome . I would say that after Yuvi , Dhoni .. Virat can be the best Match finisher in Indian team . Superb cricket all around .

    All the Best "My" Team India . :))))))))))))))))

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    @anshul- according to the tournament rules- the team with most wins qualifies to the final- if equal- then team with more wins over the other- if that is also equal then team with better net run rate- that's why if SL have to qualify they have to beat Aus on Friday or else Ind go through!

  • tashan329 on February 28, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda you should read the rules of this tri-series. In case of Sri Lanka losing against Australia in last match.......India will be in the finals. because India will be 2-1 against Sri Lanka in the series......net run-rate will be in second priority if both team will have tie record against each other in this series.

  • Noball_Specialist on February 28, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Kohli has audacity. He is truly a great find for India. These sort of performances make great players.

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @ Anshul Kharbanda, the media knows a piece of info that you missed. Net run rate is considered after head-to-head win loss record, where India has won 2, tied 1 and lost 1 against Sri Lanka. So India is ahead there.

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @anshul kharbanda india will qualify on the basis of head to head rather then run rate.go check the points table.........

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Now India has to pray for Aussie to beat SL, If OZ wins then only India can be in Final. No need to go for net run rate coz first you have got to see which team won max number of matches, then who won 1 on 1 matches. So India won 2 matches against SL. So India has a chance if Aussie beat SL.

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Anshul Kharbanda :::Hey dude ur calculation is correct but the run rate is not taken into consideration..it is the head to head encounters that is taken into account in which india is 2:1 ratio ahead of sri lanka..but we indian fans are optimisticxx..may the best deserving team be in the finals..

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    *The team with the most number of wins *If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins *If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points *If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Anshul Kharbanda--HEy dude, Ur Assumption is wrong..its correct that india run rate will be lower than sri lanka even if they lose to australia but the deciding factor mainly will be the team with number of wins facing head to head in which india is ahead by 2:1 ratio and run rate is second factor..but then we indians often are optimistic..may the best deserving team get chance to play in finalssss. .

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    @ Anshul Kharbanda : Bro u should know that team will qualify based on the match points not on the net run rate. If two teams has the same points , then the team who has won more games against other team will qualify for the finals. India leading 2-1 in head to head tie between India and srilanka with one matched tied. Hope u will not raise concerns now.

  • on February 28, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    How often has a batsmen scored more than 150 in an ODI and ended up on the losing side. Dilshan has done it twice now :) and both times against the same opposition.

  • CricIndia208 on February 28, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Kohli is better than Tendulkar, he is better than Lara, he is better than Ponting, Kohli is better than Bradman.

  • Charindra on February 28, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    And Dilshan became the only man to end up on the losing side twice after scoring 150 or more. Previous was against India in that 400 plus game.

  • Puli_Biddalu on February 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    @Anshul Kharbanda: It is not a media hype. The rules are different for this tournament. NRR is the last of the tie-breakers. India's head-head wins with SL is 2-1 and that's what counts in this context. So equation is simple ... SL wins against Aus, they make it to the finals .... however, if SL loses, India makes it to the finals.

    ***************************************** In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate *****************************************

  • guptakapil13 on February 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Guys, go the rules of the series page. That is below the point table. if teams are on same points 1) team with more wins goes through 2) If same wins, than team with more wins between two teams on same point goes through ... the net run rate only comes as third option. So if SL loses to Aussie, the second option, India has won more matches against SL in this series, takes India to Final.........

  • on February 28, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Records Tumbling................

  • symsun on February 28, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    "56th time India have conceded 300-plus runs, the most for any team" this shows Indians never had a good bowling attack :-( And for India and Indians, Cricket means Runs. Its a Batsman's game ;-)

  • on February 28, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    the future of india is looking bright

  • on February 28, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Last hurrah by the Indian team???!!!!

  • on February 28, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Even if Sri Lanka loses the next match it can still qualify for the finals because of their better net run rate. I don't understand why the hell media out here in India still advocating the fact that India can still make it to the finals.

    But nevertheless awesome innings by Virat Kohli but too late in this case.

  • on February 28, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Cricket is a game of stats!

  • amanroy on February 28, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Kohli, you are the best! WORLD CHAMPS, oh yeaa

  • rko_rules on February 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Its true that at this moment India is struggling a lot. But, there are lots of positive signs as well with our youngsters. We have Virat, Rohit, Raina, Umesh, Varun Aaron and Rahul Sharma. Our future is bright with these youngsters

  • Lallubhai on February 28, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    WWWWWWOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW

  • roarster on February 28, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    How often has an innings including 2 centuries been beaten in ODI's? I can't imagine it's happened too often in 50 overs - let alone in less than 40!

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 28, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    KOHLI - in his short career, has already achieved more that what 10dulkar achieved at this point in his career. Unlike 10dulkar, whenever Kohli scores a century, India wins. IT"S TIME TO GET RID OF THAT FAKE GOD OF CRICKET. We just need to find a couple more Kohli's and we can get rid of Big 3 altogether.

  • Toescrusher on February 28, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Simply marvelous, this is cricket at it best. I am originally from Pakistan; I don't expect that current bunch of Pakistani batsmen can even think to score 300 plus runs in chasing, not only that but there is no hope insight that they will be able to achieve this level of performance unless batsmen are selected from Karachi where Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Hanif Mohammed, Asif Iqbal, Saeed Anwere, Basit Ali ... are from. Kohli has played the most significant inning of his carrier, I am sure there will be more to come - this is significant, since I living on the other side also noticed the brilliance of Kholi; India should nourish him well.

  • on February 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Malinga has the highest eco. rate in a single innings. Here is the list http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?ballsmax1=70;ballsmin1=30;ballsval1=balls;class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=economy_rate;orderbyad=reverse;template=results;type=bowling;view=innings

    Also India is the only team to chase over 300+ in less overs.

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    All these Stats of kohli's Brilliance will mean nothing if Aus cant beat lanka on Friday at MCG

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    virat kohli and gautam gambhir the best chasers for india !! its proved tons of tyms !!when ever india has chased a bigg total its always kohli-gambhir partnership tht has won the matches for us !!

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    cornered mouse fights back.. did'nt expect this kind of fight back though

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    have to add another thing to these facts in commentary the commentator said in his first match in cricinfo dilshan made 160 and srilanka lost and and in his last one again dilshan made 160 and yet again SL lost to india but this time in a emphatic manner what a coincidence

  • puneet_usa on February 28, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Rohit,Kholi,Raina will share the load of middle order in years to come for India- these all are very talented young bloks and they are blooming at the right time.

  • RTR160 on February 28, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    What a Fantastic chase by India..... Kudos to All top 5 batsmen... Especially for Virat for his wonderful innings ..Hope sriLanka will lose against Aussies in the upcoming match

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Pakistan able to chase down 300+ only against India 4 times. New Zealand able to chase down 300+ only against Australia 3 times.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Okay Okay Lets see what he does against Aus if India qualify.

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    It was just excellent and the whole India is proud of ths achievement!!! And every true lover the cricket whichever nation they belog to, they should appreciate and applaude this greatest magic of making runs in unbelievable style.

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Srilanka's 300+ score only chased by India in 3 occasions... no other teams able to chase.

  • RTR160 on February 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Brilliant Innings fromVirat

  • on February 28, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Statistics--it used to be said--is like a BIKINI that reveals much but conceals the VITAL .. But here .. Madhusudan has come out with the wonderful statistical delight for all the avid cricketers !! May his good continue and Virat & Raina do indulge in MERRY MAKING .. time & again for the joy of billions the world over !!

  • on February 28, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    It's 10th time INDIA chased successfully 300+ runs, second best is Srilanka with 7.

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  • on February 28, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    It's 10th time INDIA chased successfully 300+ runs, second best is Srilanka with 7.

  • on February 28, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Statistics--it used to be said--is like a BIKINI that reveals much but conceals the VITAL .. But here .. Madhusudan has come out with the wonderful statistical delight for all the avid cricketers !! May his good continue and Virat & Raina do indulge in MERRY MAKING .. time & again for the joy of billions the world over !!

  • RTR160 on February 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Brilliant Innings fromVirat

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Srilanka's 300+ score only chased by India in 3 occasions... no other teams able to chase.

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    It was just excellent and the whole India is proud of ths achievement!!! And every true lover the cricket whichever nation they belog to, they should appreciate and applaude this greatest magic of making runs in unbelievable style.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Okay Okay Lets see what he does against Aus if India qualify.

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Pakistan able to chase down 300+ only against India 4 times. New Zealand able to chase down 300+ only against Australia 3 times.

  • RTR160 on February 28, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    What a Fantastic chase by India..... Kudos to All top 5 batsmen... Especially for Virat for his wonderful innings ..Hope sriLanka will lose against Aussies in the upcoming match

  • puneet_usa on February 28, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Rohit,Kholi,Raina will share the load of middle order in years to come for India- these all are very talented young bloks and they are blooming at the right time.

  • on February 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    have to add another thing to these facts in commentary the commentator said in his first match in cricinfo dilshan made 160 and srilanka lost and and in his last one again dilshan made 160 and yet again SL lost to india but this time in a emphatic manner what a coincidence