Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12, 11th Match: India v Sri Lanka at Hobart, Feb 28, 2012.
35th Over: 2 6 4 4 4 4 = 24 Runs
This was really quite unbelievable, both the batting from Virat Kohli and the bowling from Sri Lanka. Kohli brought up his 100 with a double off the first ball of 35th over, what a superb innings he played. But then it got better, as he tore into Malinga. The next five deliveries read 6,4,4,4,4. The last two deliveries were full tosses, Malinga had been surprisingly poor. 24 runs come off this over and Malinga ended up with bowling figure of 7.4-0-96-1 at an economy rate of 12.52, his career worst.
India hunted down 321 runs in 37 overs riding on Kohli's 9th ODI ton.
35th Over Commentary from Cricinfo:
42 off 36 now.. India are walking this unless Malinga can pull a rabbit cage out of the hat.
34.1 Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, 140.4 kph, he smiles. He doesn't curse, he smiles. Kohli has played the innings of his life. Malinga goes full on middle and leg, Kohli flicks into the deep and hurries back for the second. And he soaks in the atmosphere. Take a bow, Kohli!
34.2 Malinga to Kohli, SIX, 142.8 kph, Gambhir won't mind this. It could end in the 38th over. Length, length, listless length ball on the pads, Kohli's wrists do the rest and send them into the night sky. They land in the grassbanks again.
34.3 Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, 141.5 kph, take cover in the covers! Pitched up outside off stump, and Kohli smashes it between cover and mid-off. Malinga squints as he follows the path of the ball.
34.4 Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, 143.6 kph, he's shredded Malinga. Absolute battering this now. This is almost the perfect yorker, it tails in and hurtles towards the toes. Kohli's bat comes down decisively, taking advantage of a missed inch of length. Four through fine leg.
34.5 Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, 141.8 kph, If you are the Bellerive Oval, you are seeing the world's best death bowler being butchered. Kohli gets another low full toss on his toes and flicks it behind square leg for another four. Great batting, turning the pressure back on a nerveless bowler. A normally nervesless bowler.
34.6 Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, 143.7 kph, gosh, I am tired just describing this over. Spare a thought for Malinga. Another low full toss on the toes, you know the rest. This is horrid bowling in the Powerplay, with fine leg in the circle. Kohli has 122 off 81 balls.
The last time Malinga missed so many yorkers was in his final spell on April 2. Another Indian was carting him through square leg on that night.