New Delhi, Sep 7: India's charismatic skipper Virat Kohli led from the front as Men In Blue completed a historic 9-0 tour whitewash of Sri Lanka with the seven wicket win in the lone T20I encounter between them.
Chasing a target of 171 runs, Kohli along with Manish Pandey stitched a partnership of 119 off 73 deliveries to guide the visitors to a comprehensive victory and wind up the series undefeated.
Master of chases, Kohli played another refined knock to notch up his career's seventeenth T20I half century, and fourth consecutive 50-plus score against Lanka. He scored 82 off 54 balls before getting dismissed at the brink of victory.
Pandey, however, remained unbeaten after achieving career best 51 in the shortest format of the game and hitting the winning runs for the team.
Earlier, Sri Lankan batsmen Dilshan Munaweera and Ashan Priyanjan's aggressive knocks propelled the hosts to 170/7 after Kohli invited them to bat first.
Munaweera (53 off 29 balls) and Priyanjan (40* off 40 balls) and some little cameos by others ensured Sri Lanka reach a competitive total. But the total seemed too little for pitch the pitch hardly had anything to offer to the bowlers and remained good for batting.
As the chasing side always have the advantage in a T20 game and the story, in this case, wasn't any different and any other result than India's resounding win looked highly unlikely.
Kohli and his team smashed certain records in this one-off match as well.
Here are a few records made during this lone T20I encounter:
1- It was the first time that an Indian cricket team registered an all-win record across formats in an overseas tour.
2- Kohli has become the fastest batsman to score 15,000 international runs across formats in 333 innings, improving Hashim Amla's record of 336 innings.
3- Kohli also crossed Martin Guptill's tally of 1806 runs to become the third-highest scorer in T20Is behind Brendon McCullum (2140) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (1889).
4- Virat Kohli (1012) went past McCullum's (1005 runs) to become the highest run-scorer in T20I run-chases.
5- Kohli became only the fourth player to notch up a half-century in his 50th T20I.
6- Kohli (82) scored the highest runs by an Indian captain during chases and surpassed the previous record set by Suresh Raina (72 not out) against Zimbabwe in 2010.
7- Kohli-Pandey's 119-run stand became the highest stand for India whilst chasing in T20Is. They improved the 107-run stand between MS Dhoni and KL Rahul against West Indies in Florida in 2016.
8- Virat Kohli now has: Most 50+ scores (17), most runs in chases (1016), and highest batting average (min 500 runs) 53.82 in T20Is.
9- MS Dhoni now has the record for effecting most overseas dismissals by wicket-keepers (476*) in international cricket. He surpassed Mark Boucher's 475 dismissals as glovesman.