Team India continued their impressive run in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 with a thumping victory over South Africa on Sunday, November 05 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Opting to bat first, India posted a mammoth 326/5, thanks to a magnificent century from Virat Kohli. In reply, South Africa was bundled out for a paltry 83 in 27.1 overs, handing India a comprehensive 243-run victory.
Kohli, who was celebrating his 35th birthday, was in sublime form as he stroked his 49th ODI century, equalling Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most hundreds in the format. The Indian talisman paced his innings perfectly, reaching his century in 121 balls with 10 fours and a six. He was ably supported by Shreyas Iyer, who chipped in with a valuable 77.
After Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave Team India a flying start, Kohli and Iyer took over and consolidated the innings. The duo put on a 134-run partnership for the third wicket, which laid the foundation for India’s massive total. Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja provided the finishing touches with quickfire cameos of 22 and 29 respectively.
South Africa’s chase never really got off the ground as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja ran riot with the ball, picking up three wickets each. Jadeja, in particular, was unplayable, bowling with great guile and accuracy. He finished with figures of 5/33 in nine overs.
India’s victory over South Africa was their seventh in a row in the tournament, and they have now qualified for the semi-finals with ease. They are the clear favorites to win the title, and it will be interesting to see if they can maintain their winning streak in the knockout stages.
India’s victory over South Africa was a dominant display of batting and bowling. Kohli’s century was the highlight of the Indian innings, but there were also valuable contributions from other batsmen, including Iyer, Yadav, and Jadeja.
South Africa’s batting was simply not up to par. They lost wickets too quickly and never really looked like chasing down India’s total. Their bowlers also struggled to contain the Indian batsmen. Overall, it was a comprehensive victory for Team India. They are the clear favorites to win the Cricket World Cup this year.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2023
Blazing start by Rohit
Iconic VK 💯 & partnership with Iyer
Cameos from SKY and Jaddu
Pacers causing havoc again
Jaddu running through the opposition
Team India juggernaut rolls on.
Very well played boys just few more steps 👏🏽🤞🏽🇮🇳 #INDvSA #CWC2023 pic.twitter.com/jhf1tvULFC
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 5, 2023
What an incredible performance by Team India.
Great start by Rohit, wonderful contribution from Shreyas Iyer and #ViratKohli on his birthday giving a great gift to all his admirer’s. A great day to reach his 49th ODI 100. And then the Indian bowlers led by Ravindra Jadeja were… pic.twitter.com/IpQqLb9QuF
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 5, 2023
— Cheteshwar Pujara (@cheteshwar1) November 5, 2023
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) November 5, 2023
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) November 5, 2023
From @ImRo45‘s aggressive start to @imVkohli‘s composed 49th ODI ton, from @imjadeja‘s cameo with the bat to his magical spell with the ball, it was a magnificent show of skills and consistency from Team India. Complete domination! 👏🇮🇳#INDvSA#CWC23 pic.twitter.com/XUc4yIa5ik
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) November 5, 2023
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) November 5, 2023
This Indian team is like a boxing champion. Just going for KO 🇮🇳 @BCCI
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 5, 2023
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 5, 2023
Jaddu on fire. loving your work 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 superb spell
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 5, 2023
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 5, 2023