The run machine has returned. For the second time in a row at the current Asia Cup 2022, Virat Kohli scored a half-century, this time against Pakistan, his favorite opponent in the format, during the Super 4 match on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. In India’s 181-for-seven total against Babar Azam’s team, Kohli scored a 44-ball 60, setting two astonishing global records. He also set the record for most runs scored in the 2022 Asia Cup.

After scoring an unbeaten 44-ball 59 against Hong Kong two nights before at the same location, Kohli earned his second half-century score in a 44-ball innings that included four boundaries and a six. With the hit against Pakistan, Kohli surpassed Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, to take the lead as the player with the most fifty-plus runs in T20I history. He currently leads Rohit, who has played in a record 135 matches for the Men in Blue in this format, with 32 such scores in 94 innings for India.

His fourth fifty-plus score against Pakistan in a T20I places him at the top of the record, with Australia’s Aaron Finch, senior New Zealanders Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, and England star Kevin Pietersen.

The defeat also moved him ahead of Rahul Dravid, the current head coach of India, in the record of the nation’s most fifty-plus runs in international cricket. He now ranks second only to the great Sachin Tendulkar, who has 264 such innings for India, with 194 such runs, 70 of which are hundreds.

With 154 runs scored at an average of 77 and a strike rate of 126.22, Kohli has also overtaken all other scorers in the current competition. Rahmanullah Gurbaz of Afghanistan is second with 135 runs in the same number of innings.