India captain Virat Kohli and deputy Ajinkya Rahane added another feat in their already impressive resume as they became the second most-successful pair to score most runs for the fourth wicket in Test cricket on Saturday. Kohli and Rahane conjured up a crucial 99-run fourth-wicket stand against Bangladesh in the ongoing Pink-Ball Test at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The Indian duo’s partnership piled misery on Bangladesh on Day 2 as India declared their first innings at 347/9 with Kohli smashing 136 runs, which was his 27th ton in the longest format of the game, while Rahane played a 69-ball 51-run knock.
The partnership helped Kohli and Rahane surpass Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera to become second-most successful with the most runs for the fourth wicket in Test cricket.
Kohli and Rahane are now behind Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan in the list as they have 2763 in just 42 innings while Inzamam and Yousuf had 2677 runs in 50 innings, Ganguly and Tendulkar had 2695 runs in 44 innings, Jayawardene and Samaraweera had 2710 runs in 46 innings.
This was Kohli’s 70th hundred in international cricket. He is now just one short of equalling former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s tally of 71 hundred in international cricket. Legendary Indian batsman Tendulkar tops the list with 100 international tons.
It was also Kohli’s 20th Test century as captain and 41st international century while leading India.T
This was also Kohli’s second hundred against Bangladesh. His first Test century against Bangladesh had come in 2017 when he had scored 204 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
At the time of filing the copy, Bangladesh are 146/5 in the second innings and are trailing India by 95 runs in the Day-Night Test. Mushfiqur Rahim and Taijul Islam are at the crease for the visitors.