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Virat Kohli scored his 30th ODI ton© AFP

Indian skipper Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap, when he equalled Ricky Ponting’s tally of 30 One-Day International (ODI) hundreds. Kohli’s 30th ton came against Sri Lanka in the fifth and final ODI in Colombo. He reached to the milestone in 107 balls inclusive of 8 fours. Kohli is now behind only Sachin Tendulkar (49) in terms of ODI hundreds.  Kohli took only 186 innings to reach this tally (Tendulkar – 267, Ponting – 349).

Coming into bat with India in slight trouble, Kohli added 99 runs with Manish Pandey and 109 with Kedar Jadhav after Sri Lanka set visitors’ a target of 239. He remained unbeaten on 110* and took India home by 6 wickets to clinch the ODI series 5-0.

This is Kohli’s second ton in the series; consecutive. This is also Kohli’s 18th international hundred as captain; level with Mahela Jayawardene (18). Kohli now has 10 centuries in Test cricket and 8 in ODIs as skipper.

Kohli is also the first to have a hat-trick of ODI hundreds at Colombo. This is also Kohli’s eighth ton against Sri Lanka; 4th in Sri Lanka. This is Kohli’s 19th hundred while chasing and 26th in a day-night ODI.

He also became the first player to complete 1,000 ODI runs in 2017.