On a day when Virat Kohli tied a record, India blew out South Africa, making it eight wins in a row and solidifying their position as the tournament favorites. Powered by Kohli’s 49th ODI century, the top-ranked Indian team crushed the visiting Proteas by 243 runs at Eden Gardens. The Proteas were bowled out for 83 runs, with Ravindra Jadeja taking 5-33.
Our rundown of the 37th match at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup between India and South Africa is here! Check the top cricket betting sites and all the latest World Cup 2023 news here at TopCricketBetting!
Quick Recap: India vs South Africa
After scoring his second hundred of the World Cup on his 35th birthday, Kohli tied with fellow Indian Sachin Tendulkar for the most ODI hundreds ever. South Africa’s innings lasted just 27.1 overs, with Marco Jansen leading the way with 14, and Rohit’s side were assured of first place in the standings. This came three days after India’s bowlers skittled Sri Lanka for just 55 en route to a 302-run victory in Mumbai.
A Steamrolling Win for India
South Africa fell to 40-5 in the 14th over, with Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, and Aiden Markram already out of the game. Rassie van der Dussen and Heinrich Klaasen were both out lbw to Mohammed Shami and Jadeja, respectively, following successful reviews.
De Kock smashed Siraj into his stumps, Bavuma was bowled by a beauty from Jadeja’s left-arm spin, and Markram edged a peach from Shami behind to KL Rahul. South Africa were down to 67-7 when Jadeja bowled David Miller and Keshav Maharaj. They never recovered from that point and were blown out of the water in Kolkata.
South Africa had won six of their previous seven games going into the match, with their lone loss coming at the hands of the Netherlands, but they, like so many other teams before them, were annihilated by India’s bowling attack.
Kohli Following the Steps of Tendulkar
After Rohit was out for 40 off 24 balls and Shubman Gill was bowled by a jaffa from Keshav Maharaj, the Proteas kept India’s batters quiet for long stretches. It took 158 balls for Kohli and Shreyas Iyer to put up 134 runs for the third wicket.
India’s score was 249-4 in the 43rd over when Marco Jansen cost them Rahul, who was well taken by Van der Dussen on the run at deep square leg. Suryakumar Yadav and Jadeja closed the innings with a flourish, however, the most memorable point came in the penultimate over when Kohli drove Kagiso Rabada to the boundary for his century-sealing single and Eden Gardens exploded.
India’s final group stage match will be next Sunday against the Netherlands in Bangalore, while South Africa’s will be against Afghanistan on Friday in Ahmedabad. Both of these cricket teams have already qualified for the World Cup semifinals.
Player of the Match: Virat Kohli
India posted 326 runs for 5 wickets in their first innings, with Virat Kohli being named the match’s Player of the Match for his brilliant century. Virat Kohli’s brilliant century in the first innings was the highlight of the game. His 101-run effort helped India score 326 runs on the board in 50 overs.
During India’s 2023 World Cup match against South Africa, a number of previously held records were broken. Kohli not only got his 5th ODI century against South Africa, but he also broke Chris Gayle’s record for most Man of the Match accolades in matches in the ICC competition. He now has as many hundreds against South Africa in ODIs as David Warner and Sachin Tendulkar combined.
Finally, the star Indian batsman hit his 49th fifty in ODIs, tying the record held by Sachin Tendulkar. At the Eden Gardens, he scored 101 runs off 121 balls, with 10 fours.
Score: India v South Africa
|South Africa||83||27.1 overs|
|India won by 243 runs|
South Africa collapsed under the pressure of needing to score 327 runs to win, and they only managed to score 83 before they were all out. Not a single South African batter was able to get going when faced with the in-form Indian bowling attack as the hosts strolled to an overwhelming triumph in Kolkata. Now that India and South Africa’s 2023 World Cup match has concluded, here’s your chance to sign up at the top cricket betting sites so you can wager and support your favorite teams!