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Virat Kohli, master chaser, decimates Bangladesh. Beware Pakistan

first_imgVirat Kohli once again proved his class with a fluent 96 not out to help India to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday.Kohli now averages 130.00 in successful chases in ICC tournaments. He also became the first player to aggregate 1000 runs in successful chases in the ICC eventsVirat Kohli becomes the first player to aggregate 1000 runs in successful chases in the ICC events (WC+WT20+CT).#INDvBAN #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) 15 June 2017Highest batting average in successful chases in ODIs (1000+ runs):97.36 MS Dhoni95.20 VIRAT KOHLI?????#INDvBAN #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) 15 June 2017The India skipper has so far scored 253 runs and has been dismissed only once in the ongoing tournament.The 28-year-old has 27 hundreds in One Day Internationals out of which a record 15 have come in successful chases. He also shares a record 17 centuries with Sachin Tendulkar in chases.Has to be the best chasing ODI Batsmen of all time @imVkohli !!!! #JustSaying #INDvBAN- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 15 June 2017Set a victory target of 265 by a Bangladesh who were playing their first semi-final at an ICC event, India never looked in danger as Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 123 for his 11th ODI hundred and was accompanied at the finish by Kohli.Rohit shared an 87-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before the left-hander sliced Mashrafe Mortaza to point for 46, his second-lowest score in nine Champions Trophy innings, including the 2013 tournament.Kohli came to the middle and was also a joy to watch, hitting 13 fours in his 78-ball knock as Bangladesh’s bowling became increasingly untidy.advertisementRohit and Kohli had an unbroken 178-run partnership of 153 balls for the second wicket as Bangladesh’s bowlers were smashed around Edgbaston, with Kohli passing 8,000 runs in ODIs and becoming the quickest to reach that milestone.Few innings to 8000 ODI runs175 Virat Kohli 182 AB de Villiers 200 Sourav Ganguly 210 Sachin Tendulkar211 Brian Lara#IndvBan#CT17- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 15 June 2017Virat Kohli in ODIsChasing: 99 inns, ave 66.44, S/r 93.57, 100s: 17Chasing (wins): 62 inns, ave 95.20, S/r 97.71, 100s: 15#IndvBan#CT17- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 15, 2017The defending champions reached their target with 9.5 overs remaining, setting up a final to savour and one that is sure to be watched by hundreds of millions of fans on TV.India and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final – the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more