Four years ago, the world saw Virat Kohli’s brilliance once again, but this time at the ICC event. It was the 31st match of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 played between India and Australia in Mohali, where the then India vice-captain Virat Kohli smashed a magnificent half-century and guided India to a memorable 6-wicket victory.
Kohli ended up scoring unbeaten 82 off 51 balls and won the game for his nation in the last over.
India were chasing 161 and lost three wickets for just 49 runs. However, Kohli, who came to bat at number three, stayed there and dominated from the other end.
Kohli added a vital 45-run stand with Yuvraj Singh, who made 21 and got out in the 14th over. Then came India skipper MS Dhoni who, along with the sensational Delhi-born, added 67 runs and took the team over the line.
However, it wasn’t as easy as it looked from the summary. There was a time when India needed 39 runs in the last three overs. But thanks to Kohli as he took the onus on himself by scoring two fours and a six off Australia all-rounder James Faulkner.
Then to make matters worse for the opposition, Kohli smashed four fours off Nathan Coulter-Nile in the following over to bring down the equation to four runs required in the last over. Dhoni finished off the proceedings when he hit Faulkner for a boundary off the first delivery of the final over as India cruised to a 6-wicket victory with 5 balls to spare.
It was Kohli’s masterclass that India made it to the semi-finals of the tournament.
Here is the clip of Kohli’s magical knock:
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