Virat Kohli has upstaged a rampant Chris Gayle as India defeated the West Indies by six wickets in the rain-affected third and final One-Day International of their series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Wednesday.
Set a revised target of 255 based on the DLS scoring method after Gayle blazed 72 in pacing the home side to 240 for seven off 35 overs, Kohli was at his most imperious in compiling an unbeaten 114 -- his second consecutive ODI hundred –- to pilot his team to 256 for four with 15 balls to spare.
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His 43rd ODI hundred off 99 balls with 14 fours and overall impact on the series ensured him the double accolade of 'Man of the Match' and 'Man of the Series'.
It also gave him an incredible world record, making him the first player in cricket history to score 20,000 international runs in one decade.
His 20,018 runs across all three formats throughout the 2010s beats the previous record held by Ricky Ponting, who made 18,962 in the 2000s.
The next highest-scorer of the 2010s is Hashim Amla with 15,185.
This successful chase under leaden skies and with the floodlights switched on gave India the series 2-0 following the abandoned first match in Guyana last week.
Kohli's masterminding of another successful pursuit will leave Jason Holder and his West Indies team wary of what the Indian captain will have to offer with the bat in the upcoming two Tests in Antigua and Jamaica.
Kohli ruins Gayle’s farewell
Playing what is likely his final ODI in a 20-year-international career, Gayle savaged the Indian bowlers after Holder chose to bat first, occupying only 41 balls with five sixes and eight fours distinguishing his typically bludgeoning innings.
Chris Gayle produced a typically dazzling display of big hitting but for his early fireworks were overshadowed by Virat Kohli, who hit an unbeaten century to help India clinch the ODI series in Port of Spain.
Three days after he overtook Brian Lara to become West Indies' record run-scorer in the format, Gayle flayed India's bowlers for a 41-ball 72, an innings that contained eight fours and five sixes.
His onslaught came to a tame end when he hit Khaleel Ahmed to Kohli at mid off, the left-hander – wearing a shirt with the number 301 on the back to mark his number of appearances - propping his helmet on the top of the handle before holding his bat up to the crowd as he returned to the pavilion.
West Indies finished on 240-7 after rain reduced their innings to 35 overs, with the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method adjusting India's target would be 255, a score they reached with six wickets and 15 balls to spare thanks to Kohli's unbeaten 114.
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VIRAT VALOROUS KOHLI! 20,000 International Runs in a decade, a year left! What a player he is, consistency is at peaks, even during the WC2019 he was consistent. Now back to back hundreds, 26th in chasing. 43 tons in ODI’s.#KingKohli #ViratKohli #INDvsWI pic.twitter.com/wuVbzV3GEY— Dr. Sámmy (@TheDrSammy) August 14, 2019
The year is 2049..60 year old Kohli scores his 500th Century..I am running short of superlatives to define this genius of a player.20,000 runs this decade 🙏 pic.twitter.com/lcLgI7ngmo— Vishnu (@vingystryker) August 14, 2019
Virat Kohli is the first player to complete 20,000 runs in a decade. No one in the cricket history has done this before, he is just ruling world cricket. pic.twitter.com/EPiANo8kJn— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) August 14, 2019