Adelaide, Jan 26: Virat Kohli continued his love affair with the Adelaide Oval as he struck an unbeaten 90 to steer India to a 37-run victory over Australia in the opening Twenty20 International here on Republic Day today (January 26).
Thanks to Kohli's career-best T20I score, India posted 188/3 in 20 overs. In reply, Australia were bowled out for 151 in 19.4 overs after spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin turned the game. India took 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. The 2nd T20I is in Melbourne on January 29 (Friday).
Speaking after the match, Kohli said, "I really like playing here (Adelaide). I could take this stadium wherever I go. I love playing here and would like to thank the Indian fans for coming and supporting. This stadium is right up there with anywhere in the world."
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who too knows how well Kohli plays in Adelaide, joked that the Australians might "make a stand" at the ground for the Delhi batsman.
The 27-year-old Kohli has stacked up high scores at the Adelaide Oval. Last year, in the World Cup, he hit a match-winning 107 against Pakistan.
Before that, he had scored 3 Test centuries against the Australians at the same ground including 2 (115 and 141) in a match as India captain in December 2014. His other Test ton (116) came in 2012.