Kohli breaks records with 50th ODI century in India’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand – LSB

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Tendulkar scored 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup. Kohli surpassed that mark when he scored his 80th run in the semi-final on Wednesday and became the first batsman to score 700 runs in an ODI World Cup. By the time Kohli was dismissed for 117 off 113 balls, he had 711 runs in the tournament at an average of 101.57 and a strike rate of 90.68.

While Tendulkar scored his 49th in his 451st ODI innings, Kohli equaled the feat in just 277 innings – against South Africa in India’s penultimate league match in the World Cup – and then smashed the record in his 279th innings. Kohli reached the century ODI fifty with a tap for two for Lockie Ferguson in the 42nd over of India’s innings.

When he completed his second over, Kohli celebrated with a leap and a punch in the air, before taking off his helmet, raising his arms and bowing towards the stands, where Tendulkar stood applauding the achievement.

The hundred was Kohli’s third in this World Cup after five half-centuries in ten matches. In the semi-final, he entered the ninth over of India’s innings, with the score at 71 for 1, putting on 93 off 86 balls with Shubman Gill and 163 off 128 balls with Shreyas Iyer. Kohli brought up a half-century off 59 balls and then scored the next fifty off 53 deliveries, after appearing to suffer from cramps when he was in his 90s.

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