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Virat Kohli scores 47th ODI hundred, two short of Sachin Tendulkar’s record, as India whip Pakistan in Asia Cup

SAGAR MALLICK

Virat Kohli turns out to be quickest player to 13,000 ODI runs, taking only 267 innings, with his 47th ODI century in the organization leaving him only two shy of Sachin Tendulkar’s record; India post 356-2 versus Pakistan in Asia Cup and afterward skittle their rivals for 128 to win by 228 runs

Virat Kohli turned into the quickest player to 13,000 ODI runs and surrounded Sachin Tendulkar’s hundreds record in the organization as India whipped Pakistan by 228 runs in the Asia Cup.

Kohli (122 not out from 94 balls) passed 13,000 runs in his 267th ODI innings – 54 thumps speedier than comrade Tendulkar – with his 47th century leaving him only two tons short of Tendulkar’s record 49.

Kohli shared a whole stand of 233 from 194 balls with KL Rahul (111no off 106) to push India to 356-2 in the Very Four experience against Pakistan, which had extended into a save day following weighty downpour in Colombo on Sunday.

Quickest to 13,000 ODI runs

•Virat Kohli (India) – 267 innings

•Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 321 innings

•Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 341 innings

•Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 363 innings

•Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) – 416 innings

India skittled Pakistan for only 128 in answer – getting their biggest ODI prevail upon their rivals – with spinner Kuldeep Yadav taking 5-25 and Fakkhar Zaman top-scoring for the batting side with 27.

India simply had to take eight wickets with tailenders Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah unfit to bat because of injury.

India exhaustive victors in Colombo

India had continued on Monday on 147-2 from 24.1 overs with Rahul 17 not out and Kohli unbeaten on eight.

The pair constructed sublimely on a 121-run stand between openers Rohit Sharma (56) and Shubman Gill (58) on Sunday, with Kohli finishing a 84-ball hundred soon after Rahul secured a run-a-ball ton in his rebound game.

Rahul was showing up in a half year – he had been sidelined by a thigh injury supported playing in the IPL in May – and denoted the event with his 6th ODI century.

Rahul, just playing because of a back fit endured by individual player Shreyas Iyer, gave not many indications of rust as he amassed 12 fours and two sixes, while Kohli struck nine fours and three sixes – his last most extreme coming from the last bundle of the innings.

Kohli is the fifth player to 13,000 ODI runs, after Tendulkar, Sri Lankan pair Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya, and Australia’s Ricky Ponting.

India and Pakistan will get down to business in the Cricket World Cup, in Ahmedabad on October 14.

The two groups just at present play each other in Asia Cups and worldwide ICC occasions with respective series stopped because of political strains between the countries.

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