During the third Twenty20 International, Virat Kohli took a superb running catch and saved a six.
On Wednesday, January 17 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India emerged victorious over Afghanistan in the third Twenty20 International (T20I) match of the series, defeating them following the first-ever occurrence of two super overs in an international match. Incredible fielding by the Indian fielders proved to be the difference between the two teams in a match when bowlers were smacked left, right, and centre. The fielders worked extremely hard to save every run for their side on a superb batting track.
As he dismissed Najibullah Zadran in the last over of the innings, star batsman Virat Kohli was at the top of his game in the field, saving a definite six in the 17th over. Fielding coach T Dilip named Kohli the “Fielder of the Series” and gave him the fielding medal for his flawless athleticism in the two games he participated in.
“This individual has demonstrated repeatedly. You can’t take your eyes off of Virat Kohli as he keeps coming at you, saving runs, making daring dives, and hitting hotspots. The man provides the team this level of intensity. In addition to doing his work really well, he also motivates everyone else. Playing beside him is an amazing experience. I want the other kids to approach and begin imitating at least half of it. And the entire team will appear different,” Dilip stated in a BCCI-shared video.
In T20Is, Kohli recorded his maiden duck.
Interestingly, Kohli’s performance in the match was forgettable as he was removed for the first time in T20Is. At the home venue of his Indian Premier League team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kohli misplayed his first ball when he came in to bat against Fareed Ahmed, hitting it straight to mid-off.
To help India rebound from 22/4 to 212/4 in their allotted 20 overs, Rohit Sharma (121* off 69) and Rinku Singh (69* off 39) put on a record-breaking 190-run stand for the fifth wicket off 95 balls. Afghanistan responded by tying the score with fifty runs each from Gulbadin Naib (55 off 23), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (50 off 32), and Ibrahim Zadran (50 off 41). Two super overs were used to determine the winner, and Ravi Bishnoi helped the Men in Blue win the match by successfully defending 11 runs in the second over.