(CTN News) – The Indian cricket team defeated the South African cricket team by 243 runs in the 37th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Sunday in what was their third consecutive win in the tournament.
In the middle of an Indian bowling attack that had five wickets for just 40 runs in 13 overs, the Proteas’ batsmen found themselves helpless as they lost five wickets for only 40 runs in 13 overs.
In spite of the fact that they are well known for playing fearless cricket, South Africa could not perform the way they always do in the game and kept losing wickets intermittently throughout the game.
Despite their best efforts, the Proteas fell short of their target by 83 runs, suffering their biggest defeat of the World Cup so far.
The India left-arm off-spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the clear choice of the bowlers, as the left-armer claimed five wickets for a total of 33 runs in the match.
It was Rohit Sharma who batted first for the Blues and scored 40 off just 24 balls, including eight boundaries, as the Blues had scored over 90 runs within the first 10 overs of the game, before the Proteas bowlers went berserk and took them to the cleaners.
As a result, both the openers, Sharma and Shubman Gill, walked back to the pavilion within a short period of time, leaving their side on 93-2 in 10.3 overs.
It was at this point that Indian Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer built a crucial 134-run partnership and helped the Blues score runs on a challenging Kolkata pitch which made it difficult for batters to adjust to bowlers, especially spinners, between innings so that they could score runs.
The wicket turned difficult during the innings, but due to the quick start provided by their skipper Indian Sharma, Iyer and Kohli were able to settle down without disturbing the run rate even though the wicket turned difficult during the innings.
There are nine boundaries in Iyer’s 77 off 87 balls, including seven fours and two sixes, and he accelerated the innings at the right time by scoring 77 from 87 balls.
In spite of this, it was Kohli who was the center of attention for a variety of reasons. In addition to playing on his birthday, the 35-year-old also scored a magnificent century, scoring 101 off 121 balls to claim a magnificent century.
Having scored his 49th ODI century, Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 ODI tons record.
With Kohli remaining until the final bowl, Suryakumar Yadav (22 off 14) and Ravindra Jadeja (29 off 15) contributed to India’s 326 runs in the stipulated overs.