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Kohli becomes the highest averaged batsman in 2022 Asia Cup

by Navyatha Sandiri
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T20I cricket star Virat Kohli of India become the player with the greatest average. During his team’s 2022 Asia Cup group encounter versus Hong Kong in Dubai, he accomplished this achievement.

In the fourth game of the Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, India defeated Hong Kong to score 192/2 thanks to Suryakumar Yadav’s scorching 68 (not out) and Virat Kohli’s much-awaited 50.

With the help of Suryakumar’s 68* and Kohli’s unbeaten 59, India managed to attain a challenging total. For Hong Kong, Mohammad Ghazanfar and Ayush Shukla each took one wicket.

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When India was given the opportunity to bat first, they got off to a fast start, hammering Hong Kong bowlers for 38 runs in less than five overs. After hitting 21 runs in 13 balls, Rohit’s stay was cut short as he was hit by Ayush Shukla’s delivery from Hong Kong. The Indian captain missed his shot and was snagged in the middle of the field.

Virat Kohli was invited after the captain’s wicket was lost, and he played each ball carefully and alternated the stroke. Rahul switched up his approach on Aizaz Khan’s delivery and blasted the ball into the stands with an incredible six. When Mohammad Ghazanfar delivered, Kohli joined Rahul in attacking the spinners, slamming his maiden boundary of the evening.

After 10 overs, Rahul and Kohli’s partnership raised India’s score to 70-1. In the game’s eleventh over, the Hong Kong bowlers kept India from scoring a lot of runs. KL Rahul, who made 36 runs in 39 deliveries, was removed by Mohammad Ghazanfar, dealing a severe setback to India. He hit two sixes in his knock.

The hard-hitting batsman Suryakumar Yadav stepped to the crease and hammered back-to-back fours off of Yasim Murtaza’s bowling to help lighten the load on the Indian team. Team India finished the 14th over with 107 runs on the board and two wickets lost thanks to some ferocious shots from Suryakumar.

In the 16th over of the innings, Suryakumar smashed back-to-back sixes in addition to a four. He kept up his momentum, and in the 18th over, off the bowling of Ayush Shukla, he struck two fours and a six in flawless back-to-back fashion.

In the 19th over of the innings, Kohli reached his widely awaited half-century. It was accomplished in 40 balls by striking a perfect maximum off of Ehsan Khan’s ball.

Virat Kohli displayed flashes of his previous form in this game, scoring 59* off 44 balls, which included four and three sixes. Virat has now amassed 3,402 runs in T20Is with an average of 50.77 in 101 games. With a top individual score of 94*, he has 31 half-centuries in the format. His strike rate is 137.12.

He overtook Pakistani batter Mohammed Rizwan, who had a 50.14 average over 57 games. The batters from Pakistan’s Babar Azam (average of 44.93 in 75 games), India’s Manish Pandey (average of 44.31 in 39 games), and New Zealand’s Devon Conway follow them.

Through Hong Kong, Team India batted first and finished their 20 overs with a score of 192/2. With 59* off 44 balls, including four fours and three enormous sixes, Virat Kohli gave a peek of his previous form.

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Suryakumar reached his half-century in 22 balls and hammered back-to-back sixes in the final over, followed by another six. Haroon Arshad of Hong Kong was destroyed for 26 runs, and India scored 192/2 in 20 overs.

Suryakumar Yadav erupted and scored a stunning 68* off 26 balls in the final few overs, hitting six fours and six sixes. The preferred bowler for Hong Kong was the pacer Ayush Shukla (1/29 in four overs). Hong Kong had scored 51/2 in their power play while chasing 193.

Kinchit Shah (30 from 28 balls) and Babar Hayat (41 from 35 balls) both made some good strokes. However, it wasn’t sufficient to enable Hong Kong to surprise the dominant Indians when they came 40 runs short of a victory. They scored 152/5 at the conclusion of their 20 overs.

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