On this day
India’s Virat Kohli celebrates after victory | Picture: ICC

On this day four years ago, Virat Kohli played a match-winning knock to take India to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup semi-finals.

Kohli smashed 82 off just 51 balls in a must win game against Australia in Mohali.

Chasing a target 161, India suffered an early blow after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Shane Watson.

India were then reduced to 38/3 after Rohit Sharam and Suresh Raina were also sent back to the pavilion.

However, Kohli and Yuvraj Singh provided some momentum and took India beyond the halfway mark.

The pair stitche 45 runs for the fourth wicket before Yuvraj was sent back to the dugout.

Dhoni then joined Sachin in the middle and the pair ensured India’s safe passage to the  T20 World Cup semi-finals.

However, India had to face defeat in the semi-finals to eventual champions West Indies, who lifted their second T20 WC title.

Coincidentally, On this day in 1994, Sachin Tendulkar opened the innings for the first time, and also scored 82 in an ODI against New Zeland in Auckland.


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