Virat Kohli scored his 29th ODI century     AFP
Virat Kohli scored his 29th ODI century AFP

With every other top-order batsmen making merry in Sri Lanka, it was time that Indian skipper Virat Kohli announced his arrival as well. Batting first against Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI at Colombo, India were off to a poor start losing Shikhar Dhawan for 3. Kohli came out at No. 3 and lambasted an underperforming attack. He recorded his 29th ODI century off 76 balls. With his hundred Kohli also surpassed Sanath Jayasuriya s tally of 28 ODI hundreds. Kohli is now behind only Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting s (30) in terms of ODI hundreds.

Kohli hit three back-to-back fours in the second over he faced, making his intent clear. He soon got into the groove and struck boundaries at will. He recorded his 43rd ODI half-century in 38 balls. He also completed 2,000 ODI runs vs Sri Lanka, becoming the youngest batsman to the feat against an opposition (28 years 299 days). He also became third Indian to score 2,000 ODI runs against Sri Lanka. He reached his fifty in the 14th over, the quickest in his illustrious career.

At the time of publishing, Kohli and Rohit have added 195 runs for the second wicket at Colombo, the highest at the venue. India are currently 202 for 1 in 26 overs versus Sri Lanka.