Virat Kohli becomes second-quickest batsman in history to register 24 Test tons

Sudhir Gupta 5/10/2018
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Kohli hasn't managed to master Test chases this year.

Virat Kohli’s imperious 2018 continued with the skipper slamming his 24th ton in the first Test between India and the West Indies at Rajkot.

After Prithvi Shaw’s record debut ton put the hosts in a strong position on day one, it was Kohli’s turn to take centre stage on Friday.

Having put 72 runs on the board on day one, Kohli was content to sit back and let Rishabh Pant’s bat do the talking on day two.

The young wicketkeeper batsman batted aggressively in the morning session and dealt primarily in boundaries.

Kohli, on the other hand, was more circumspect in his approach and waited on the loose deliveries to pounce.

The 29-year-old ultimately brought up his 24th Test ton in the first session of Friday itself. The 123 innings taken by the right-handed batsman to reach the milestone is the second quickest in the history of the format, behind only the legendary Sir Donald Bradman of Australia.

Kohli beat his idol Sachin Tendulkar to that accolade, taking two innings fewer than the former India batting maestro to notch up 24 Test tons.

The century at Rajkot also helped Kohli overtake Australian batsman Steve Smith’s tally (23).

Post-lunch on day two, Kohli registered another feat by bringing up his 1,000th Test run in the calendar year with a gorgeous straight drive off pacer Sherman Lewis.

This means that the India stalwart has now registered at least 1,000 runs in his last three calendar years. In 2016, he had scored 1,215 runs while in 2017 he had notched up 1,059 runs.

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Lahore Qalandars chased down 185 to beat Yorkshire in the opening Abu Dhabi T20 Group A clash thanks to a blistering maiden century from captain Sohail Akhtar.

Opener Akhtar led an exhilarating pursuit to give the Pakistan Super League side a notable six-wicket victory with two balls to spare over a Yorkshire side viewed by many as the favourites to win the group.

The 32-year-old hit 100 off 56 balls, including 11 fours and five sixes. He fell in the 18th with 20 needed, but Phil Salt finished 37 not out and won it with a six off Tim Bresnan, who failed to defend eight off the last over.
Yorkshire’s 184-5 was underpinned by a series of useful, without being standout, contributions after being invited to bat.
Harry Brook top-scored with 37 off 26 from number three and shared a 57-run stand for the second wicket with opener Adam Lyth, who hit 32.
Gary Ballance (33) and Jonny Tattersall shared 50 for the fourth wicket as Lahore, who included veteran former Pakistan trio Abdul Razzaq, Zulfiqur Babar and Imran Nazir, struggled in the field.

Bresnan and Jack Leaning both hit sixes off New Zealand seamer Mitch McClenaghan in the final over to push the Vikings up beyond 180 on the same pitch used for the Boost v Auckland clash earlier in the day.

But, despite Bresnan getting Nazir caught in the deep for two in the second over, the Vikings did not have enough against a Qalandars side who have finished bottom of the table in each of the first three years of the Pakistan Super League.

Akhtar played with great freedom and excited the Pakistani contingent in the crowd.

He shared 70 for the second wicket with Bilal Irshad (30) to advance from 12-1 in the second over.

Akhtar was handed a life on 51 when given out by the on-field umpire following a boundary catch at long-off by Lyth off leg-spinner Josh Poysden, only for the third umpire to overturn the decision, ruling Lyth had touched the rope.

That would have left the score at 93-3 in the eleventh over. As it was, it proved the turning point. 

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Catch all the latest happenings in the world of cricket.

The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news on Thursday.

There is plenty of cricket action to look forward on the day with India locking horns with the West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot. We will be bringing you all the action and reactions from that match and other.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

4:30pm – Steve Smith revealed as Platinum player for PSL 4

Former Australia skipper Steve Smith was nominated as a Platinum Category player in the draft for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Thursday.

The banned Aussie star is among 14 big names named in the Platinum Category who will be a part of the player pool when the player draft for the league gets underway. The Platinum Category denotes the most pedigreed overseas players in the league and is the highest among all categories.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Steve Smith has been nominated in the Platinum Category.

Steve Smith has been nominated in the Platinum Category.

3:45pm – India pile on 364-4 against West Indies on day one

Day one in the Rajkot Test between India and the West Indies has drawn to a close with the hosts piling on 364-4 on the board before stumps were called.

Prithvi Shaw delighted with a debut ton while Cheteshwar Pujara scored 86. Skipper Virat Kohli is looking good at the crease and is unbeaten on 72.

Get more information on day one by checking our live match report here. Take a closer look at the day’s proceedings here in our talking points from the clash.

2:00pm – Corey Anderson on New Zealand comeback trail

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has decided to opt out of the first-class format for the upcoming season in a bid to strengthen his case for a return to the side in time for the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Having seen his career derailed by multiple injuries, Anderson will be focusing on the limited-overs formats in the coming eight months as he seeks to put on the Blackcaps jersey in the showpiece event at England next year.

Read the Kiwi all-rounder’s quotes in full here.

Anderon is gunning for a New Zealand return after injury troubles.

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1:30pm – Family ties for Travis Head ahead of Test debut

It will be a momentous occasion for Travis Head when the first Test between Pakistanand Australia gets underway in Dubai on October 7.

The southpaw has been confirmed to make his Test debut alongside Aaron Finch by head coach Justin Langer and will have his entire family in tow for his special moment.

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Travis Head will make his Test debut at Dubai.

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1:00pm – ICC World Cup Trophy tour reaches Lahore

The ICC 2019 World Cup trophy reached Lahore on Wednesday as part of its global tour in the lead up to the showpiece event to be held in England.

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan was on hand to parade the glittering trophy on its route from the Gaddafi stadium to the Shahi Qila (Lahore Fort).

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Mohammad Irfan displays the 2019 ICC World Cup trophy.

Mohammad Irfan displays the 2019 ICC World Cup trophy.

12:00pm – Prithvi Shaw becomes youngest Indian to register debut ton

Prithvi Shaw made it a debut to remember with the young opener slamming an aggressive ton in the opening Test between India and the West Indies at Rajkot on Thursday.

The 18-year-old was handed his maiden Test cap by Virat Kohli himself and was thrust straight into the limelight on day one after the India skipper won the toss and elected to bat first.

Read more on the incredible feat achieved by the teenager here. We have also taken an in-depth look at Shaw’s maiden Test innings. You can read that analysis here.

A classy debut by Prithvi Shaw: Image - ICC/Twitter.

A classy debut by Prithvi Shaw: Image – ICC/Twitter.

7:45am – India bat first in Rajkot Test as Shaw debuts

All eyes will be on young Prithvi Shaw as India take on West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series at Rajkot on Thursday. The Mumbai youngster will be in the spotlight after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first.

Do not miss any of the action by following the ball-by-ball updates from Rajkot here.

Prithvi Shaw has been handed his maiden cap by Virat Kohli.

Prithvi Shaw has been handed his maiden cap by Virat Kohli.

7:30am – Eoin Morgan praises Andrew Strauss vision

Andrew Strauss will leave one of English cricket’s top jobs having paved the way for World Cup glory next summer, according to one-day captain Eoin Morgan.

Strauss announced on Wednesday he would not be returning to work as the national side’s director of cricket, having been on compassionate leave for the past four months

Read what Morgan had to say about Strauss’ vision here.

Former England captain and Director of Cricket Andre Strauss (r).

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