11th ODI Commonwealth Bank series, India vs Sri Lanka
28th February 2012, Hobart
India required 321 to be chased in 40 overs to stand a chance of qualifying for the finals of the series by winning with a bonus point. Although batting was the strength of the Indian Cricket team, few had imagined that a new hero would be born that night. Virat Kohli with his extraordinary knock of 133 runs in just 86 balls helped India cruise to victory. The highlight of his innings though was his slaughtering of Lasith Malinga, one of the most feared bowlers in the game! When Malinga came into bowl the 35th over, Virat took 2 runs to complete his hundred in the first ball and then went on to smash 6, 4, 4, 4, 4…! It looked as if he was playing a friendly match! India won the match with the bonus point but didn’t qualify for the finals! However, Virat’s slaughtering of Malinga is well remembered by cricket fans and it was since then that other batsmen started facing Malinga fearlessly!