During the third ODI against Australia, Indian skipper reached another landmark. Virat became the fourth Indian skipper and 12th overall to complete 4000 ODI runs as captain. He also surpassed AB de Villiers to become the fastest skipper to reach the 4000-run mark as ODI captain. AB had touched this mark in 77 innings while Kohli breached his tally in juts 63 innings.
Kohli reached his 41st hundred, and second in two matches, off 84 balls but after he was out at 219-6, bowled by leg-spinner Adam Zampa, India ran out of puff. Vijay Shankar, with 32 off 30 balls, was the second-highest scorer.
Kohli reached 50 off 52 balls, and picked up the innings’ reins as he added 88 runs off 75 balls with Kedar Jadhav (26) for the fifth wicket. The skipper accelerated, attacking Marcus Stoinis (0-39) in particular.
While Kohli scored another hundred, Zampa undermined India again by trapping Jadhav, who was out trying to sweep.
Kohli didn’t slow his pace as he hit 16 fours and a six in the 95-ball knock. As India crossed 200 in the 36th over, it seemed he would singlehandedly win the game.
However, Zampa bowled Kohli in the 38th over, with 95 runs still needed off 75 balls. And India’s threat evaporated with him.