Kohli’s Century and Jadeja’s Heroics Seal the Victory Against SA
India dominates South Africa in the 2023 World Cup match, with Virat Kohli scoring his 49th ODI century, leading India to a formidable 326/5. Ravindra Jadeja’s five-wicket haul dismantles South Africa for just 83, resulting in a 243-run victory for India.
India 326 for 5 (Kohli 101*, Iyer 77, Maharaj 1-30) beat , South Africa 83 (Jansen 14, Jadeja 5-33, Kuldeep 2-7) by 243 runs
In a thrilling World Cup 2023 encounter at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Rohit Sharma‘s Team India showcased their brilliance once again by defeating South Africa with a stunning 243-run margin. The star of the match was undoubtedly Virat Kohli, who celebrated his 35th birthday by playing a monumental innings. Kohli’s century equaled Sachin Tendulkar’s remarkable record of 49 ODI centuries.
Despite challenging conditions, Kohli’s century was the cornerstone of India’s impressive total of 326/5 in 50 overs. The Indian team started aggressively, with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill taking on South African bowlers. Keshav Maharaj applied the brakes during the middle overs, but Kohli and Shreyas Iyer managed to maintain the momentum.
Kohli and Iyer both reached their half-centuries, sharing a partnership of 134 runs. Iyer’s impressive performance came to an end when he was dismissed for 77 runs off 87 balls. KL Rahul followed soon after, but Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja played entertaining cameos.
Suryakumar Yadav contributed 22 runs from 14 balls, and Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten with 29 runs off 15 balls. Kohli finished the innings unbeaten on 101 off 121 balls.
India’s total of 326/5 proved to be a daunting target for South Africa. Ravindra Jadeja was the star of the bowling attack, claiming a five-wicket haul. South Africa struggled and were bundled out for just 83 runs in 27.1 overs, sealing a comprehensive 243-run victory for India.