In round two between India and Pakistan, the Men in Green emerged as a better side and are a step closer to entering their 5th Asia Cup final.
Batting first, India got off to a great start. The openers stitched a fifty-plus partnership. Although post the powerplay, the team kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.
Meanwhile, former skipper Virat Kohli was present on the crease till the end and kept on ticking the scoreboard before getting out in the final over.
The 33-year-old struck his 2nd consecutive half-century as he scored 60 off 44 balls, which included four fours and a solitary six.
With his half-century, Kohli broke two world records.
He scored his 32nd T20I fifty, surpassing Indian skipper Rohit Sharma for the most fifty-plus scores by an Indian in T20Is (31).
Further, it was Virat’s 4th 50-plus score against Pakistan, equalling with Martin Guptill, Aaron Finch, Kane Williamson and Kevin Pietersen for most fifties against Pakistan.
It is not the end of the list, as the right-hand batter surpassed head coach Rahul Dravid in the list of most international 50+ scores by an Indian.
After the knock against Pakistan, Virat has 194 fifty-plus scores, including 70 centuries, surpassing Dravid’s tally of 193. He is just behind Sachin Tendulkar (264).
Virat successfully silenced the critics who demanded his ouster before the Asia Cup. He is the tournament’s second highest scorer (154) behind Mohammad Rizwan (192).