Virat Kohli scored his 45th ODI century in the opening ODI match between India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
With Shanaka (7*) and Nissanka (71*) at the crease, SL was at 159/4 after 30 overs. Nissanka was out after 72 balls and 80 pitches, with 11 fours, thanks to Umran’s second wicket of the game. For 161 runs, the majority of the Sri Lankan lineup was in the hut.
After scoring a century against Bangladesh in December 2022, which helped virat kohli end a three-year century drought in the format, Kohli hit the milestone in just 80 deliveries to score his second straight ODI century.
As Sri Lanka’s fielders missed simple opportunities, Kohli was fortunate to receive up to two lifelines during his innings. On 52 and 81, the 34-year-old was dropped.
Rajitha was undefeated at nine as Sri Lanka finished at 306/8, with Shanaka hitting his second ODI century (108*). Umran (3/57) was India’s preferred bowler. Siraj claimed two victims, while Pandya, Shami, and Chahal each claimed one.
As India reached 373 for seven after 50 overs, he hit 113 off 87 balls before being caught behind by wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis.
Against Sri Lanka, Kohli also scored his tenth ODI century. The former India skipper tied Tendulkar’s record (9 centuries against. Australia) and his own total (v. West Indies) for the most ODI tons against a single opponent.
Up till Rajitha bowled Rahul behind the legs for 39(29), Rahul was playing beautifully. In order to maintain the momentum, Hardik Pandya followed Virat and hit a six on his third ball. Virat experienced yet another lucky break when Shanka dropped him in the 43rd over.
With two boundaries in the following over, the batter added insult to injury for the Sri Lankans.
In the 45th over, Sri Lanka did manage to dismiss Hardik for 14(12), but Virat continued to score runs with smashes all over the field.
With his 45th ODI century, Kohli tied Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most home ODI cricket centuries. Tendulkar scored 20 hundreds in 160 innings at home, whereas Kohli did so in 99 innings.
Brief Detail – Sri Lanka: 306/8 (Dasun Shanaka 108*, Pathum Nissanka 72, Umran Malik 3/57) against. India: 373/7 (Virat Kohli 113, Rohit Sharma 83; Kasun Rajitha 3-88).