New Delhi: Former Indian captain and veteran batsman Virat Kohli batted brilliantly against Hong Kong and scored the 31st half-century of his T20 International career. After the match, Kohli received a gift from the Hong Kong team that he will surely cherish. Hong Kong team presented him with a team jersey with a motivational message that read, “Virat, Thank you for inspiring a generation. We stand with you. There are many incredible days ahead. With strength. With Love. Team Hong Kong.”
Kohli posted the jersey as a story on Instagram with the caption: “Thank you @hkcricket. This gesture is truly humbling and very very sweet.”
Kohli played an unbeaten inning of 59 runs in 44 balls and contributed significantly to taking India’s score to 192 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In response, Hong Kong’s team could only score 152 runs and lost the match by 40 runs.
Kohli had scored the last half-century against West Indies in Kolkata. This was his 31st fifty in international T20.
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Meanwhile, India’s middle order batsman Suryarkumar Yadav set multiple records after he played a whirlwind inning of 68 runs in just 26 balls, which featured six 6s and six fours, against Hong Kong on Wednesday. He set a new record for hitting the most sixes by an Indian in an Asia Cup T20 game. No Indian player in a Twenty20 Asia Cup game had struck more than three sixes previously.
Suryakumar smashed four sixes in the 20th over of India’s innings, scoring 26 runs in total in the last over. He smashed Hong Kong’s Haroon Arshad all over the park to boost India’s total to 192 for 2.
Suryakumar became also set a new record for scoring the maximum number of runs by an Indian batsman (26) in the final over of a Twenty20 International match.
At the same time, he also equalled the record of Rohit Sharma for hitting the second highest runs in an over by an Indian in T20Is. Yuvraj’s 36 in an over against England in 2007 remains at the top, followed by Suryakumar and Rohit’s 26 runs.