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NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli’s unbeaten match-winning half-century Adelaide In the T20 World Cup Super12 match against Bangladesh on Thursday, the former India captain’s love for the conditions Down Under, especially at the Adelaide Oval.
A decade back, at the same venue in 2012, Kohli scored his maiden Test century. He contributed 116 in India’s 272 all out in the first innings in response to Australia’s mammoth 604/7 declared. India went on to lose the match by 298 as the hosts opted not to force the follow-on and added another 167 runs before declaring their second innings. India folded for just 201 in their second innings.
Kohli’s 116 in that match came off 213 balls, including 11 fours and 1 six after India were reduced to 87/4 at one stage.

Out of the vault: Kohli’s first Test ton

Two years later, on his Test captaincy debut in Australia, Kohli scored two Test centuries at the same venue, the Adelaide Oval.
It was the first Test of the series and Kohli led the way for India with 115 in the first innings and 141 in the second.
However, the visitors went on to lose the match by 48 runs, despite Virat firing for victory and almost taking India over the finish line.

Out of the vault: Kohli scores second ton of 2014 Adelaide Test

Kohli’s Adelaide heroics in a 44-ball 64 not out in India’s win over Bangladesh on Thursday also made him the leading run-scorer in the T20 World Cup, overtaking Mahela Jayawardene’s 1016 runs. It was Kohli’s third half-century in India’s four matches so far in the ongoing edition of the tournament, taking his total fifty in T20 World Cups to 13.
So it was little surprise to hear Kohli say that there was no end to his joy when he first heard that the T20 World Cup was going to be held in Australia.
“As soon as I knew the (T20) World Cup was in Australia, I was grinning from ear to ear. I knew good batting would be key. I knew the kind of experience and game awareness playing in Australia would come in handy for the team,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after India’s win over Bangladesh on Thursday, seeing them put one foot firmly in the semi-finals.


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