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Virat Kohli demonstrates his ‘greatness’ with yet another masterful chase.

Virat Kohli demonstrates his ‘greatness’ with yet another masterful chase.

The nervous nineties is not a common psychological ailment for Virat Kohli.

Kohli’s masterful chase performance helped India defeat New Zealand by four wickets in Dharamsala.

However, Kohli was dismissed with a score between 90 and 100 for the first time in more than five years in international cricket.

The 34-year-old was denied a century this time by scoreboard pressure, with the runs required for India to win and Kohli to reach his century running close to parallel for the second time in a week.

Kohli successfully farmed the strike against Bangladesh, sealing both the victory and his personal milestone with a final six.

However, when attempting the same thing in Dharamsala, he came up just short, picking out Glenn Phillips in the deep with five runs needed for India to win the game and Kohli himself on 95.

While he did not reach the individual milestone, Kohli’s innings were critical in his team’s fifth win from five matches at the tournament, anchoring the innings as the rest of the top six all left.

“He’s a world-class player, and he’ll go down as one of the greats of the game for a reason,” the game’s sole centurion, Daryl Mitchell, said.

“It was a very good knock under pressure I thought, and although he didn’t get 100, he got his team across the line.”

And Kohli’s captain was quick to congratulate a player who has helped India more than any other in run chases.

“There’s nothing much to say about Virat,” Rohit Sharma joked following the game. “We’ve seen him do it for years – he trusts himself to do the job.”

“Towards the end, there was some pressure with a few wickets lost, but Kohli and Jadeja carried us home.”

“We enjoy traveling and playing in various parts of the country.” So far, we have not disappointed, and we have not disappointed the audience.”

Kohli’s anguish at being dismissed was palpable, not least because a second century of the week would have brought his ODI tally to 49, tying Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record.

With four more group games remaining, Kohli still has time to make history on the World Cup stage in front of his home fans, with a game against struggling England coming up in a week.

 

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