ICC World Twenty20 2016: Virat Kohli guides India to the semi-finals


Virat Kohli has been in sensational form in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 2016. He has managed to guide India to the semi-finals single-handedly.

The 27-year-old from Delhi has already notched up 184 runs off just 139 deliveries in addition to having hit 18 boundaries and smashing four sixes in four matches.


Chasing 127 against New Zealand, India faltered big time as the Kiwis bowled out India for 79 runs in 18.1 overs. Kohli was one of the three Indian players to reach double figures. His knock of 23 runs off 27 balls at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur included two boundaries. Kohli came down the ground but missed the ball, wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi stumped him out as spinner Ish Sodhi got his man. The Black Caps won the match by 47 runs.


Chasing 119 against arch-rivals Pakistan in a rain interfered 18-over match, India managed to get to their target for the loss of four wickets in 15.5 overs. Kohli scored an unbeaten knock of 55 runs off just 37 deliveries comprising seven boundaries and one six. He also took the important catch that dismissed Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. He managed to successfully chase down the target and win the crucial encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Kohli was awarded the Man-of-the-Match. India won the match by six wickets.


Batting first against Bangladesh, India managed to post a total of 146 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs. Kohli scored 24 runs off 24 balls including one six before being dismissed by orthodox spinner Shuvagata Hom. at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. He also took a catch that dismissed Bangladeshi batsman Soumya Sarkar. It was a nail-biting finish but India managed to win the match by 1 run.


Chasing 161 against Australia, India managed to chase down their target for the loss of four wickets in 19.1 overs. Kohli notched up an unbeaten 82 runs off just 51 deliveries comprising nine boundaries and two sixes at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Chandigarh. He also took the catch that dismissed Australian all-rounder James Faulkner. He single-handedly guided India to their target against the Aussies in what seemed to be a virtual quarter-final, with the winner progressing onto the semi-finals. Kohli was awarded the Man-of-the-Match. India won the match by six wickets.

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India will be facing the West Indies in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals on 31st March 2016. All eyes will especially be on one Indian player as the crowd will chant his name louder than ever, and that one player is Virat Kohli. He has proved his credentials time and again, but now he must continue his performance and help India win the Twenty20 World Cup on home soil!