In a dazzling display of batting prowess by the Indian team against Pakistan in Colombo, several records and statistical highlights emerged during their innings spanning two days. Here are some key statistical highlights from India’s exceptional batting performance:
Record Total: India’s total of 356 for 2 is their joint-highest in ODIs against Pakistan. They previously scored 356 for 9 during the 2005 home series in Visakhapatnam. This total also ranks as the fourth-highest in an ODI Asia Cup by any team.
Record Partnership: The partnership between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul for the third wicket reached an extraordinary 233*, making it the highest partnership for any wicket in an ODI Asia Cup. This surpassed the previous record of 224 runs for the opening partnership set by Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed against India in 2012.
Historic Stand: Kohli and Rahul’s partnership is the highest for India against Pakistan in ODIs for any wicket, surpassing the 231-run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu in 1996.
Kohli’s Milestone: Virat Kohli’s remarkable career in ODI cricket reached 13,024 runs, making him only the fifth batter to achieve the milestone. Notably, he is the fastest to reach this mark, taking just 267 innings, which is 54 innings fewer than the previous fastest, Sachin Tendulkar (321). Kohli is also within striking distance of Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries, needing just two more to equal it.
Rahul’s Consistency: KL Rahul has maintained an impressive average of 64.68 while batting at No. 4 and lower in ODIs since the beginning of 2020. During this period, he has accumulated 1035 runs in 21 innings, featuring three centuries and seven half-centuries.
Kohli in the Asia Cup: Kohli notched up his fourth century in the ODI Asia Cup. Only Sanath Jayasuriya (6) has scored more hundreds in the Asia Cup, while Kumar Sangakkara also had four. Kohli’s previous three centuries in the ODI Asia Cup were spread across the 2012 and 2014 editions.
Rare Feat: India’s innings featured only two wickets lost while batting the full 50 overs in an ODI, a remarkable achievement. This was the first time India achieved this since the 2003 World Cup match against Namibia. Additionally, it marked only the third instance of Pakistan picking up just two wickets after bowling 50 or more overs in an ODI.