IND vs SA ICC CWC 2023 Match 37 Report: Well, it’s very important to gift yourself. Kohli did exactly that, and what it has become is one of the most important memories in his life, leveling his hero, the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on the most ODI centuries ever made in the game. And India got all the perks of it, plus the outstanding 5-wicket haul and South Africa were torn down into their second-ever lowest score in ODI. This resulted in India bagging the match by a massive 243 runs.
An eighth consecutive victory cemented India’s place at the top India celebrated Virat Kohli’s 35th birthday with a resounding victory in the ODI World Cup, as they outclassed South Africa by a massive 243 runs. Kohli gifted himself a record-equalling 49th ODI century in a challenging match played at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. The win marked India’s eighth consecutive victory in the tournament.
Kohli’s century was far from inevitable, as the conditions in Kolkata were testing, and the South African spinners, Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi, made things difficult for him with their spin variations. While Maharaj dismissed Shubman Gill early in the innings, he couldn’t break through Kohli’s defenses. Although Kohli started aggressively, his approach became more measured against spin. He picked his moments to target the seamers, using Lungi Ngidi’s return to the attack effectively.
Shreyas Iyer, recognized as India’s top player of spin, took the initiative to score boundaries against Shamsi, which allowed Kohli to build a substantial innings. Iyer, who had struggled initially, eventually reached 77 off 87 balls. With no Hardik Pandya in the lineup due to injury, Kohli opted for a more cautious approach. Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja took on the riskier shots to ensure India surpassed 300.
Rohit Sharma played a crucial role in laying the foundation for India’s score with a brisk 40 off 24 balls. His aggressive play during the powerplay put South Africa on the back foot, with India’s skipper dismantling both Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi. However, Ngidi left the field with an injury scare.
In reply, South Africa’s difficulties continued when Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma were dismissed early. Jadeja and Mohammed Shami then tore through South Africa’s middle order, with Jadeja claiming Henrich Klaasen and David Miller, while Shami bowled Aiden Markram. Despite a late resurgence from the lower order, India’s Kuldeep Yadav and Jadeja wrapped up South Africa’s innings.
Jadeja’s exceptional performance earned him a five-wicket haul, and he became the second Indian spinner, after Yuvraj Singh, to achieve this feat in World Cup matches.
IND vs SA ICC CWC 2023 Match 37 Report: Score Summary
India 326 for 5 (Kohli 101*, Iyer 77, Maharaj 1-30)
South Africa 83 (Jansen 14, Jadeja 5-33, Kuldeep 2-7)
India won by 243 runs