India v Sri Lanka, CB series, Hobart

Kohli's brilliance in chases

Stats highlights from an incredible ODI as India chased down 321 in just 37 overs

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

February 28, 2012

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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.


Virat Kohli led India's chase of 321, India v Sri Lanka, CB series, Hobart, February 28, 2012
Virat Kohli's strike rate of 154.65 is the third-highest for an Indian batsman in a century scored in an ODI chase © Getty Images
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  • 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

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by   on (February 29, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

well done VIRAT, keep going...

Posted by 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! :-)

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

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