India and South Africa faced off in a highly anticipated match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, November 5, 2023, in the World Cup 2023. India won the toss and elected to bat first.
India got off to a flying start, with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill adding 62 runs for the first wicket in just 4.3 overs. Rohit was dismissed for 40 off 24 balls, but Gill continued his good form and scored 23 off 18 balls before being dismissed by Marco Jansen.
Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer then came together and added a crucial 100-run partnership for the third wicket. Kohli scored a fighting century (101 off 121 balls) while Iyer played a more aggressive knock (77 off 87 balls).
After Iyer was dismissed, Suryakumar Yadav (22 off 14 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (29 off 15 balls) added some quick runs to help India post a formidable total of 326/5 in their 50 overs.
South Africa’s innings
South Africa’s chase got off to a disastrous start, with the Proteas losing their first five wickets for just 40 runs. Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Ravindra Jadeja were all among the wickets.
South African all team out on 83 (27.1)
India won the match by 243runs
Key takeaways from the match
- India’s top-order batsmen fired in unison, with Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer all scoring half-centuries.
- India’s bowlers were also in top form, with Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Ravindra Jadeja all picking up multiple wickets.
- South Africa’s batting failed to fire, with the Proteas losing their first five wickets for just 40 runs.
India’s victory over South Africa was a commanding one. The hosts dominated the match with bat and ball, and they will be looking to continue their winning momentum in the upcoming matches of the World Cup 2023.