Watch: Virat Kohli’s love affair with Australia – Remembering the batting maestro’s first Test ton in Adelaide | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli‘s unbeaten match-winning half-century in Adelaide in the T20 World Cup Super 12 match against Bangladesh on Thursday once again highlighted the former India captain’s love for the conditions Down Under, particularly at the Adelaide Oval.
A decade back, at the same venue in 2012, Kohli had 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 chose to not enforce the follow-on and added another 167 runs before declaring their second innings. India folded up 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.

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Two years later, on his Test captaincy debut in Australia, Kohli scored twin hundreds in a Test 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.
The visitors, however, went on to lose the match by 48 runs, despite Virat gunning for the win and almost taking India across the finish line.

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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, going past 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 tally of fifties in T20 World Cups to 13.
It was, thus, little surprise to hear Kohli say that there was no end to his delight when he first heard that the T20 World Cup will 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 cricketing shots would be the key. I knew the kind of experience and game awareness of having played in Australia will come in handy for the team,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after India’s win over Bangladesh on Thursday, when saw them put one foot firmly in the semis.

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