Hobart, Feb 28: Virat Kohli, the man who created magic and single-handedly guided India to victory in their final league match against Sri Lanka to keep the hopes alive of qualifying for the final gave credit to the team for a brilliant performance as they were placed in a must-win situation at Hobart today.
India having played 7 matches, had lost 4 ODIs in the tri-series while another one-dayer was tied against Sri Lanka which added more pressure to the Indian side as they had to win the final league match against Sri Lanka with a bonus point.
Chasing 321 to win, India were assigned an uphill task of reaching the target within 40 overs in order to gain a bonus point and to keep the series alive, to fancy their chances to qualify for the finals.
Virat Kohli, entered the field when India had lost Sehwag for 30, while the run rate was just above 9 runs per over, which eased pressure on the batsman and allowed him to settle down.
The Delhi lad, smashed a career-best 133* off 86 balls to register his second ODI hundred against Sri Lanka and ninth ODI hundred in his career. Interestingly 6 centuries have come batting second.
Kohli along with Gambhir added 115 runs for the third wicket at 6.33 runs per over while his partnership with Raina lasted only 9.1 overs, and scored at a hurricane pace, as they added 120 runs at 13.09 runs per over resulting in an amazing victory which saw India reaching the target within 37 overs, to gain a bonus point and win the match by 7 wickets.
After the victory, Kohli credited the entire team for putting up a good show and for keeping the series alive to qualify for finals.
“To be able to chase 320 in 40 overs in a must win game, and put that sort of a batting effort together was a great team effort," Kohli said during the post match presentation ceremony.
About his own batting he said: “I committed a few mistakes in the last games. I tried to middle every ball, which doesnt happen always in international cricket," Kohli said after being adjudged the man of the match for his career-best 133* off 86 balls.