IND vs SA: India secured the top spot in the World Cup group stage with a crushing 243-run victory over South Africa in Kolkata, where Virat Kohli matched Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries.
Kohli celebrated his 35th birthday with an unbeaten 101 off 121 balls, delighting the Eden Gardens crowd with his masterful batting.
He added 134 runs for the third wicket with Shreyas Iyer, who scored 77 off 87 balls, after Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill had given India a flying start with 92 runs in 10 overs.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja then provided some late fireworks, scoring 22 and 29 not out respectively, as India finished on 326-5.
South Africa had no answer to India’s bowling attack, which combined pace and spin to dismiss them for a paltry 89 in 27.1 overs.
Jadeja was the star with the ball, taking 5-33, while Mohammed Siraj struck in the first over to remove Quinton de Kock, the leading run-scorer of the tournament, for six.
Kohli reached his milestone in the 49th over, when he took a single off Kagiso Rabada, and was greeted by a huge roar from the fans, who lit up their phones in his honour.
He then removed his helmet and raised his bat to the sky, before saying: “It’s a big honour to play for India and to do it on my birthday in front of such a wonderful crowd is a dream come true. I just want to contribute as much as I can to the team.”
Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary batsman who holds the record for the most ODI centuries with 50, congratulated Kohli on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
He wrote: “Great innings, Virat. It took me a year to go from 49 to 50, but I hope you break my record soon. Well done!”.
South Africa, who had already qualified for the semi-finals, were second in the group with 12 points, followed by Australia with 10.
They failed to cope with India’s bowling, losing wickets at regular intervals, with Bavuma and Markram falling for single-digit scores in the powerplay.
India, who had bowled out Sri Lanka and England for 55 and 129 in their previous two games, continued their dominant form and wrapped up the match with more than 20 overs to spare.
IND vs SA: Full Scorecard
India (50 ovs maximum)
|Rohit Sharma (c)||c Bavuma b Rabada||40||24||32||6||2||166.66|
|Shubman Gill||b Maharaj||23||24||54||4||1||95.83|
|Virat Kohli||not out||101||121||195||10||0||83.47|
|Shreyas Iyer||c Markram b Ngidi||77||87||101||7||2||88.50|
|KL Rahul †||c van der Dussen b Jansen||8||17||29||0||0||47.05|
|Suryakumar Yadav||c †de Kock b Shamsi||22||14||19||5||0||157.14|
|Ravindra Jadeja||not out||29||15||21||3||1||193.33|
|Extras||(lb 2, nb 2, w 22)||26|
|TOTAL||50 Ov (RR: 6.52)||326/5|
|Did not bat: Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj|
|Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Rohit Sharma, 5.5 ov), 2-93 (Shubman Gill, 10.3 ov), 3-227 (Shreyas Iyer, 36.5 ov), 4-249 (KL Rahul, 42.1 ov), 5-285 (Suryakumar Yadav, 45.6 ov) • DRS|
South Africa (T: 327 runs from 50 ovs)
|Quinton de Kock †||b Mohammed Siraj||5||10||9||1||0||50.00|
|Temba Bavuma (c)||b Jadeja||11||19||39||1||0||57.89|
|Rassie van der Dussen||lbw b Mohammed Shami||13||32||55||1||0||40.62|
|Aiden Markram||c †Rahul b Mohammed Shami||9||6||6||2||0||150.00|
|Heinrich Klaasen||lbw b Jadeja||1||11||12||0||0||9.09|
|David Miller||b Jadeja||11||11||17||2||0||100.00|
|Marco Jansen||c Jadeja b Kuldeep Yadav||14||30||45||1||0||46.66|
|Keshav Maharaj||b Jadeja||7||11||7||1||0||63.63|
|Kagiso Rabada||c & b Jadeja||6||26||26||0||0||23.07|
|Lungi Ngidi||b Kuldeep Yadav||0||3||7||0||0||0.00|
|Tabraiz Shamsi||not out||4||4||3||1||0||100.00|
|TOTAL||27.1 Ov (RR: 3.05)||83|
|Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Quinton de Kock, 1.4 ov), 2-22 (Temba Bavuma, 8.3 ov), 3-35 (Aiden Markram, 9.5 ov), 4-40 (Heinrich Klaasen, 12.5 ov), 5-40 (Rassie van der Dussen, 13.1 ov), 6-59 (David Miller, 16.3 ov), 7-67 (Keshav Maharaj, 18.4 ov), 8-79 (Marco Jansen, 25.4 ov), 9-79 (Kagiso Rabada, 26.2 ov), 10-83 (Lungi Ngidi, 27.1 ov) • DRS|
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