Virat Kohli's credentials as a run-chase specialist on the rise

In Hamilton on Wednesday, Virat Kohli took on the onus of being the sheet anchor of India's innings at a time when they lost an early wicket and were lagging behind in terms of the asking rate.

updated: January 22, 2014 19:44 IST
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Despite India losing the second one-dayer versus New Zealand by 15 runs by Duckworth-Lewis method, Virat Kohli's knock of 78 from 65 balls at Hamilton on Wednesday added a lot of weight to his credentials in run-chases. Kohli has scored 18 ODI tons overall, 12 of which have come in run-chases. Only Sachin Tendulkar (18) has more. The fact that India have won 11 out of the 12 times he has done this, speaks volumes of Kohli's ability and competence in crunch situations.

The way Kohli began and went about his innings, it seemed like he would get his 13th ton in a chase and 12th in a winning cause until he perished in the 30th over (India 164/4) while trying to up the ante. Kohli walked to bat in a precarious situation, with opener Shikhar Dhawan dismissed and India struggling to cope with the tall asking rate. In a 42-overs-a-side contest, India were set a 297-run winning target. (Match highlights)

However, in the rich vein of form that he is in, Kohli began in trademark, confident style with a strong flick through mid-wicket for a four off Tim Southee. He put the pressure back on the Kiwis as he took on the bowling and scored fluently. His knock of 78 included seven fours and two sixes and kept the hosts on their toes throughout, despite the fact that India needed to score at more than 10 runs an over. (Match in pics)

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