Virat Kohli out for 99, misses hat-trick of tons at Vizag

Batting on 99, India's run-machine Virat Kohli went for a hook against Ravi Rampaul and was sharply caught by Jason Holder at fine-leg resulting in dead silence at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA cricket stadium.

updated: November 24, 2013 18:08 IST
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Riding his brilliant run of form this year, Virat Kohli looked all set to complete his 18th ODI century, but a hook shot off Ravi Rampaul that went awry put an end to yet another heroic knock. Batting at his usual No. 3 position, the 25-year-old hit 9 fours, eventually finished with 99 off 100 balls in the second one-day international in Visakhapatnam. (Match Scorecard | Live Blog)

Needing a single for what would have been his 5th hundred this year, Kohli, who was batting with ease milking the West Indian bowlers, went for an impulsive hook and was brilliantly caught by a lunging 6-foot 7-inch Jason Holder at the fine-leg fence. As Holder completed a catch, the Indian dressing room looked stunned and the capacity crowd - 25,000 -at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA cricket stadium went into pin-drop silence.

The stylish right-hander could have completed a hat-trick of tons at Vizag after scoring a 118 against Australia in 2010 and a 117 against the Caribbean side in 2011.

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