Virat Kohli makes cricket history in never-before-seen moment

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Virat Kohli (pictured right) celebrating his half century and (pictured left) hitting a shot.
Virat Kohli (pictured right) celebrated his half century and reaching 10,000 runs in the Twenty20 format. (Images: www.iplt20.com)

Virat Kohli has made more cricket history after becoming the first Indian to reach 10,000 Twenty20 runs.

Kohli notched the record after a brilliant half-century for the Royal Challengers Bangalore's in his team's win over Mumbai in the IPL.

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He became just the second person in international cricket to reach 10,000 runs in Twenty20 and ODI's, after West Indian Chris Gayle, and the first Indian.

Remarkably, across international T20 and IPL, Kohli averages more than 40 in the format.

Kohli has a total of 10,038 runs from 314 games at an average of 41.65 in T20s, with 3,159 of those coming while playing for India. 

He has scored five hundreds in the format, all for RCB.

His achievement was rightly lauded.

But the captain was happy to share his landmark day with RCB's hat-trick bowler Harshal Patel and Australian Glenn Maxwell.

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Kohli saluted the Australian 'Maxi' for his all-round player of the match-winning performance which helped RCB to a 54-run win in Sunday's match in Dubai.

The RCB captain got to the mark after pulling Jasprit Bumrah for six in his knock of 51 from 42 balls, joining Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Shoaib Malik and David Warner as the other players to have scored 10,000 runs in the shortest format.

Maxwell joined the fun as he smashed 56 off just 37 balls, including three sixes and six fours, to help propel RCB to 6-165 off their 20 overs. Kohli called the Aussie's effort an "unbelievable" innings.

In reply, the champions Mumbai slumped to 111 all out, with Maxwell also contributing a very useful 2-23 off his four overs.

Their star with the ball, though, was fast bowler Patel, who finished with figures of 4-17 as he became the third Bangalore bowler to take a hat-trick in the IPL.

He took the wickets of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar with three perfect slower deliveries.

Earlier in Abu Dhabi, Chennai Super Kings had pulled off a thrilling last-ball win over Kolkata Knight Riders which lifted the three-time champions back to the top of the league.

with AAP

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