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With his first century in 20-over matches, Virat Kohli joins Ricky Ponting and Rohit Sharma on this exclusive list.

Virat Kohli, the batting champion, regained his mojo on Thursday, shattering records with his brilliant performance. 

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On Thursday, September 8, Virat Kohli finally broke a century drought that has persisted for more than a thousand days. In the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 match between Team India and Afghanistan, everything transpired. India’s final score after 20 overs is 212/2 thanks to the right-handed batsman’s 122 from just 61 balls. Virat Kohli, the king of hitting, regained his mojo on Thursday and broke records with his brilliant performance. He joined Rohit Sharma in the exclusive club of batsmen who have hit 100 sixes in Twenty20 matches, and by scoring his 71st century, he also tied Ricky Ponting, the former captain of Australia, for the most centuries in international cricket.

Virat Kohli, the batting champion, regained his mojo on Thursday, shattering records with his brilliant performance. 

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The most significant aspect of this score is that it marks Kohli’s first hundred in T20Is in more than three years. Since then, everyone in the world, including himself, has been waiting for his next century, which was scored against Bangladesh in a Test match in November 2019.

At the completion of six overs and the powerplay, India was at 52/0, with Virat (25*) and Rahul (26*) undefeated. Although the powerplay had shifted the balance of forces, Virat and KL still dominated in Afghanistan. The two people worked well together to keep the scoreboard updated quickly and accurately. India were 87 without loss after 10 overs with Rahul (42 not out) and Virat (44 not out). Virat hit a single to get his 33rd fifty in the format. With a four in the 11th over and another the next ball to reach fifty, KL Rahul was a key contributor to the team’s 100-run total.

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In the 13th over, Rahul was dismissed by medium-pacer Fareed Malik for 62 runs off 41 balls, and the 119-run partnership between the two players came to an end. Suryakumar Yadav came up next, and he hit a six off the first delivery, but Fareed ended his innings with a wicket off the next.

Up in the box, Rishabh Pant was waiting for a pass. With Virat’s help, he kept piling on the runs and led India to the final five without getting bowled out. India was 134-2 after 15 overs, with Pant on six and Virat on fifty-nine. The attacks of Pant and Virat against the Afghanistan bowlers continued. The aggressive Virat smashed limits with abandon.

Pant-Virat reached their 50-run partnership with two overs remaining. It’s worth noting that Virat has joined the 90s. The long-awaited 71st international century, and first in T20Is, was finally completed by him. India’s innings ended with a score of 212, with Virat Kohli (122 not out) and Rishabh Pant (20 not out) in the lineup. Afghanistan’s Fareed Malik batted.257. (Assisted by artificial neural networks)

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