India Crushes South Africa by 243 Runs to Maintain Unbeaten Streak at World Cup
New Delhi – In a stunning display of dominance, India decimated formidable South Africa by 243 runs to maintain their sensational unbeaten run at the World Cup. The victory was highlighted by Virat Kohli’s record-equalling 49th ODI century and a five-star performance from Ravindra Jadeja.
Kohli’s Record-Equalling Century
Virat Kohli delighted fans at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata with a superb century, levelling up with legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most centuries in the format. Kohli’s knock, combined with a blazing start from Rohit Sharma, helped India cross the 50-run mark in just 4.3 overs. Kohli eventually brought up his 49th century, equaling Tendulkar’s record, as India reached a solid total of 326 for 5 at the end of their 50 overs.
Jadeja’s Bowling Masterclass
Ravindra Jadeja led the bowling attack with a remarkable performance, registering his best ever ODI figures of 5 for 33. Jadeja’s bowling masterclass, combined with Mohammed Shami’s sensational run in the tournament, dismantled the South African batting order. The Proteas middle-order, which had been the talk of the tournament, failed to deliver as they crumbled under the pressure. South Africa was eventually bowled out for a disappointing 83 runs in the 28th over.
India’s Unbeaten Streak Continues
With their eighth win, Rohit Sharma and his team continue their dream run in the tournament, remaining the only unbeaten team. India also maintained their top spot in the standings, while South Africa suffered their second defeat and remained in the second spot.
This match, which was expected to be a blockbuster contest between the top two teams, turned out to be a one-sided affair. India’s dominant performance showcased their strength and depth in both batting and bowling, solidifying their status as one of the favorites to win the World Cup.
India’s next match is against Bangladesh on Wednesday, where they will look to extend their unbeaten streak and further strengthen their position in the tournament.
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