India Hand South Africa Their Biggest Defeat In ODI Cricket, Win 8 Matches In A Row In WC

Mumbai: India defeated South Africa by 243 runs to win their eighth straight match in ODI World Cup 2023. It’s South Africa’s biggest defeat (by runs) in ODI cricket history. India put up a total of 326/5 and dismissed South Africa for 83 in 27.1 overs.

The match witnessed Virat Kohli slam his 49th ODI hundred, equalling Sachin Tendulkar’s tally. Notably, only once before have India won 8 matches on the track in an ODI World Cup and that happened 20 years ago in 2003. Also Read: I Hope You Go From 49 To 50 And Break My Record In Next Few Days: Sachin To Kohli

South Africa needed to win by 327 runs, but an Indian bowling assault that is currently the talk of the world destroyed them. The World Cup’s top run scorer, Quinton de Kock, was removed by Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami claimed a few more wickets, and Ravindra Jadeja shone with five wickets for thirty-three. Jasprit Bumrah was unplayable. These bowlers were too good for South Africa to hope against. This lot has shown too strong for any side to overcome.

Even though South Africa and India had already advanced to the semifinals prior to Sunday, there was still a lot of excitement surrounding their matchup at the top of the table. However, after opting to bat first on a challenging pitch, India easily defeated the Proteas in what turned out to be a one-sided match.

India’s triumph over South Africa was a prime illustration of their abilities and tactical genius. As he has done so frequently at the World Cup, Rohit Sharma attacked the new-ball bowlers and raced to a quick forty. The captain of India recognized that as the ball grew older and softer, it would become harder to score runs. Consequently, he decided to throw caution to the wind and attack Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen, who were among the tournament’s top wicket-takers. Shubman Gill, Rohit’s opening partner and this year’s top ODI run-scorer, was also not afraid to take some chances, although his innings did not last long.

Very quickly, Virat Kohli came into the picture. The pre-match talk was all on Kohli’s 49th century, which would have put him on par with his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. That was an enchanted number. Kohli has reached the milestone several times in the past few weeks. Kohli slumped for 95 (against New Zealand) and 88 (against Sri Lanka) after reaching his century against Bangladesh. It was fortunate that Virat Kohli accomplished the feat prior to the semifinals. It was also fortunate that he arrived at Eden Gardens, the same location where, fourteen years prior, he received his first ODI hundred.

On Sunday, Virat Kohli was bound to record his 49th century. That was the intensity and the build-up. There was just too much to ignore in terms of expectations. As Kohli knew. They knew it, too. It felt like even South Africa knew it when you watched the game. Nothing would impede Kohli’s arrival, and nothing did. Not even a brilliant spell of 10-0-30-1 from Keshav Maharaj, who put a stop to India’s scoring rate. Shreyas Iyer was an able ally of Kohli’s, as he amused the Eden Gardens crowd with some brilliant stroke-play and scored his second consecutive half-century. Iyer made the decision to be the enforcer in the middle overs while Kohli dropped anchor. By the time he fell for 77, the duo had added 134 for the 3rd wicket and laid the platform for a late attack from Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.

In his innings, Virat Kohli did not knock a single six. Even though India smashed six sixes in their innings through the efforts of Rohit Sharma (2), Shubman Gill (1), Shreyas Iyer (2), and Ravindra Jadeja (1), they only managed to reach 326 for 5 on a slow, occasionally two-paced pitch. It was only Kohli who could have done what he did. He ran hard for his partner and for himself. He did attempt to hit out in the latter part of the Indian innings, but he was not always successful. For example, there was a chance to get a free hit off Tabraiz Shamsi, but Kohli, in a non-sarcastic manner, missed it. Because of the pitch’s slowness, batters now face an enormously higher risk.

While the others around him raised the stakes, Virat Kohli held one end up with impeccable timing. A brilliant cameo from Ravindra Jadeja lit up the Eden Gardens. She was having a field day with the ball.

South Africa needed to do something truly exceptional in the wake of India’s dominant batting display. They received little more than a reality check in what might have been a practice session for the last two weeks of the tournament against India’s formidable bowling lineup.

Shortly after, though, South Africa will play Afghanistan, who are still alive to make it to the semifinals, while India will play the Netherlands in the World Cup’s penultimate league match.

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