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March 27, 2016: Virat Kohli’s iconic 82 not out sends Australia crashing out of T20 World Cup

March 27, 2016: India’s star batsman Virat Kohli came up with an iconic 82-run knock to help MS Dhoni-led India outclass Australia in the ICC T20 World Cup.

Virat Kohli produced another gem of an innings in the ICC T20 World Cup. (Reuters Photo)

Virat Kohli produced another gem of an innings in the ICC T20 World Cup. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli hit a sublime 82 not out vs Australia on March 27, 2016
  • Virat Kohli’s magical 82 helped India beat Australia by six wickets
  • Kohli had single-handedly guided India to the semi-finals of T20 World Cup 2016

On March 27, 2016, Virat Kohli produced one of the greatest T20I knocks in the virtual quarter-final clash of the ICC T20 World Cup against Australia to guide India to the semi-final of the tournament. Kohli resurrected India with his unbeaten 51-ball 82-run knock from a seemingly tricky position as the hosts sealed a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Australia lived up to everyone’s expectations and posted a competitive total in 20 overs. Australian opening pair of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja stitched a 54-run stand in just 4.1 overs before veteran pacer Ashish Nehra got the better of the southpaw. Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh then chipped in with crucial wickets of David Warner and Smith, leaving the Aussies reeling on 74-3 inside the first 10 overs.

“This innings has to be in the top three. But I am a bit emotional, so I will put this on top. Against world-class Australia, a quarterfinal and at home. Mohali has always been special and the semi-final (against Pakistan) in 2011 was special too,” said Kohli, who was named man-of-the-match.

Chasing 161, India were in hot soup at 49/3 in the eighth over but Kohli played another masterclass as the hosts upstaged Australia and stormed into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20. India won by six wickets and Kohli bagged another Man-of-the-Match award. His knock was applauded from every quarter of the cricket world.

Kohli forged a 67-run stand-off only 31 deliveries with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) after a useful 45-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (21) as India scored 59 runs in the last 4.1 overs of the Group 2 game.


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