India v Australia, World T20 2016, Group 2, Mohali March 27, 2016

Kohli's wizardy, and the bogey team for Australia and Faulkner

Virat Kohli's numbers in run-chases continue to astound, while Australia's losing streak against India continues

Virat Kohli has been unstoppable when batting second in T20Is © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

122.83 Virat Kohli's average in successful run-chases in T20Is - he has scored 737 runs with nine not-outs, at a strike rate of 131. In all run-chases he averages 91.80, at a strike rate of 132.65. His unbeaten 82 here is also his highest when batting second.

918 Runs for Kohli in run-chases, the second highest among all batsmen in T20I. Only Brendon McCullum has scored more, but his 1006 runs came in 38 innings, compared to Kohli's 918 in 19. Among batsmen with at least 300 runs in chases, his average is easily the highest.

66.83 Kohli's T20I average against Australia: he has scored 401 runs in nine innings, with three not-outs. In chases against Australia, he averaged 33 in four innings before today; after this game, that average has gone up to 53.50. Kohli's aggregate of 401 is the second best by any batsman against one team in T20Is, next only to Martin Guptill's 424 in ten innings against South Africa.

6 Consecutive T20Is that India have won against Australia, starting with the Rajkot win in October 2013. It equals the most successive wins by one of the top eight teams against another: England had six in a row against New Zealand between 2008 and 2013.

9 Wins for India against Australia in T20Is, the most for them against any opposition. It's also the most defeats for Australia against any opposition.

12.83 James Faulkner's economy rate against India in the last five overs in T20Is: he has gone for 92 runs in 43 balls, and has taken one wicket (average 92.00). Against all other teams, he has an economy rate of 8.79, and an average of 10.40 (20 wickets for 208 runs in 142 balls).

Faulkner v Ind batsmen in last 5 overs in T20Is
Batsman Runs Balls Econ rate Dismissals
 MS Dhoni  34  17  12.00  0
 Virat Kohli  23  11  12.54  0
 Yuvraj Singh  18  7  15.42  0
 Suresh Raina  10  5  12.00  1

53 Australia's total after four overs, their second highest at that stage in a T20I. Their highest is 55, against West Indies in Sydney in 2010. They reached 50 in 3.2 overs in that game, compared to 3.5 today.

51 Runs scored by Australia in ten overs from the 5th to the 14th. During this period they played 26 dots, took 31 singles, six twos, and hit only three fours.

22 Runs conceded by Ashwin in his first over today. Only once has he gone for more in an over: against Australia in Rajkot, he leaked 24 in an over, including three sixes.

39 Innings to get to 1500 T20I runs for Kohli, the fastest among all batsmen. The previous quickest was 44 innings, by Chris Gayle.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • Robin on March 29, 2016, 2:39 GMT

    Some excellent posts below guys! True about the hard work pros put in for their fitness. I also appreciate that plent of people from Pak want Ind to do well. Cheers guys. Ps. I was at Old Traff when we beat WI in the qualifying matches in '83. My small claim to fame haha

  • Santosh on March 28, 2016, 23:04 GMT

    Ind vs Eng will be the final. Ind lifts the cup...unless gayle has his day..doubt it but never know

  • Sharmin on March 28, 2016, 18:53 GMT

    Virat is a run machine and he is at his best when he is the vice captain. The only thing I worry is after Dhoni is gone, he would start captaining India. Remember, Sachin was almost invincible until he became the captain. I wish the same does not happen to Virat. I agree that he won a few matches as captain. But all those matches, he was not under real pressure.

  • Harry on March 28, 2016, 17:42 GMT

    Kohli is a run machine but for Ind to win the next two games, batting lineup needs to change. Either Raina or Yuvi need to dropped for Rahane or Pandey.

  • Nathan on March 28, 2016, 14:57 GMT

    One simple expression - AWESOME !!! The one change that I may recommend would be moving Pandya up @4 and Raina down @6

  • Uma Shankar on March 28, 2016, 14:34 GMT

    Everyone talking about "how much one batsman can take along a side and other nesds to step up". Even though I agree with this but just have a feeling that these pressure situations brings out the best from Kohli. But yes others need to step up.

  •   Nishant GL on March 28, 2016, 14:27 GMT

    Whatever team wins the Worldcup should give it to Kohli. He's a team on his own.

  • roger on March 28, 2016, 13:48 GMT

    One of the excellent statistician. Numbers don't lie and don't have opinions too. Reading all these 100's of articles and seeing many of them are biased, these kind of articles refresh cricket fans

  • Jahan on March 28, 2016, 9:41 GMT

    India should win this WC. They deserve to win it. They have the team, the batsmen, the bowler and the fielders. Not only in India they would won T20 WC even if it were in Aus. Don't you remember what they did to Aus in Aus. These guys are fascinating. Wish you the best of Luck India. From a Pakistani

  • Nish on March 28, 2016, 9:31 GMT

    You maybe blessed with bucket loads of talent such as what guys like MSD or Virat have but what we don't see is all the hard work these guys put in the gym or sacrifices made in being very careful with their diets. Converting those 1's into 2's & maintaining top fitness whilst batting or fielding don't just come by accident but by the tough fitness regime they maintain away from the public limelight. Total admiration & respect to these guys!

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