Virat Kohli's impressive numbers at Chinnaswamy pose HUGE concern for embattled South Africa in 3rd T20I
The Quinton de Kock-led South African side will have a task cut out against the formidable Team India when the two teams face each other in the third and final tie of the three-game T20I series at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Besides being embattled with reasons aplenty since their disappointing early World Cup 2019 exit, South Africa will have to tackle the force named Virat Kohli who has amassed astounding numbers at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
In 84 T20 innings at the venue, which is also the home track of the Royal Challengers Banglore, the IPL side he captains, Kohli has scored 2681 runs - most runs by a player at a venue in T20 cricket - at an average of 36.22 with three centuries and 18 fifties.
However, when the numbers are restricted to just international cricket in the shortest format, Kohli has managed only 107 runs in four innings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, with an average of 35.66 and one half-century. He is in fact the third highest scorer at the venue standing behind Australia's Glenn Maxwell (139) and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni (110). If Kohli can add 33 runs more to his T20I career tally, he can become the leading international run-getter at the venue. Overall, Kohli has the most runs by a batsman at a particular venue - 472 runs at the Sher-e Bangla Stadium in Bangladesh.
Kohli is presently in an impressive run of form having scored an unbeaten 72 in the second T20I that helped India scripted a seven-wicket win against South Africa in Mohali. While the unbeaten 72 was his 22nd half-century-plus score by Kohli, the most by a batsman in T20I cricket, it also helped him surpass his teammate Rohit Sharma to become the top run-getter in the format. Kohli now has 2441 T20I runs in 66 innings at an average of 50.9, and stands eight runs ahead of second-placed Rohit (2434 runs).
India now stand 1-0 ahead in the T20I series after two games where the first match was washed out by rain. The Men in Blue will now look for an unprecedented series win against South Africa on home soil. If India can beat South Africa on Sunday, it will be their first win against the Proteas side at home. They had lost 2-0 against South Africa in their 2015/16 series.