Kohli’s 49th Century.
India won by 243 runs, extending their dominance in the World Cup tournament with an unbeaten streak, notably showcasing an excellent performance by Ravindra Jadeja, who took five wickets. South Africa struggled right from the start of their innings, losing key players to India’s bowlers like Mohammed Siraj and Jadeja.
The South African team faced difficulties as their early wickets fell rapidly. Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami played a significant role in pressuring their opponents, leading to South Africa losing wickets at regular intervals.
India’s exceptional bowling performance, especially by Jadeja and Shami, kept South Africa in trouble. Despite some resistance from the South African batsmen like David Miller and Marco Jansen, India’s consistent bowling attack led to South Africa losing wickets one after the other.
Virat Kohli played a brilliant innings, scoring a century (100 runs) along with Shreyas Iyer’s partnership, helping India set a formidable target of 326 runs for South Africa. Kohli’s exceptional performance left the Eden Gardens audience spellbound.
In summary, the match highlighted India’s strong bowling attack, particularly Jadeja’s excellent five-wicket haul, and the outstanding batting performance led by Virat Kohli, securing India’s comprehensive victory over South Africa in the World Cup match.
Virat Kohli equaled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries in a World Cup match against South Africa on Sunday. Celebrating his 35th birthday at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, Kohli achieved this feat with 10 boundaries in 119 balls.
Rohit Sharma gave India a great start, partnering with Shubman Gill, but South Africa removed the opening pair in the World Cup match at Eden Gardens on Sunday. Despite Sharma scoring 40 runs off 24 balls and a 62-run partnership with Shubman Gill (23), Proteas struggled after reaching 105 runs in 15 overs.
Rohit Sharma, who won the toss, decided to bat first at Kolkata’s historic Eden Gardens Stadium. There were no changes for India, but South Africa made an alteration in their playing eleven. They opted to play an additional spinner in the team, hinting that the Eden Gardens surface might favor dry conditions.
Both teams, seated at the top of the ICC World Cup 2023 points table, are anticipated to deliver an exciting IND-SA clash. It presents a great opportunity for former Indian captain Virat Kohli to achieve a remarkable milestone of scoring his 49th ODI century on his birthday. If he attains this milestone, he will join Sachin Tendulkar as one of the players with the most centuries in 50-over format cricket.
India has officially qualified for the knockout stage in the first series, being the only team undefeated in all seven matches. India finally received unfortunate news as their former vice-captain, Hardik Pandya, will not be a part of the 2023 World Cup campaign due to a calf injury sustained during the Bangladesh match.
Rohit Sharma’s team has shown an excellent performance in the World Cup, featuring both Indian batsmen and bowlers in the top 5 charts. While Kohli and Sharma have led the Indian batting, the trio of Shami, Siraj, and Bumrah have manipulated the white ball according to their will.
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On the other hand, South Africa has made a statement with their performance in this World Cup. Apart from the one-sided loss to the Netherlands, both bat and ball have seen extraordinary form from players like Proteas’ captain Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock. Their solid opening partnership has set a strong foundation, benefiting lower-order batsmen like Klaasen and Miller. After India’s spectacular victory against Sri Lanka, the team hasn’t made any changes despite Hardik Pandya’s injury ruling him out for the rest of the tournament.
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