ICC World Cup: India registered another massive victory in the tournament as it thrashed strong batting side South Africa by 243 runs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata yesterday evening.
Indian spinners proved their mettle on the field. A five-wicket haul by Ravindra Jadeja dismantled the Proteas batting lineup, even before they could touch the score of 90 while chasing the huge target of 327 runs. They were bundled out for just 83 runs in 27.1 overs.
Fireworks went off all across the stadium as soon as Kuldeep Yadav took the last wicket for India. Earlier, electing to bat first India piled up 326 for the loss of 5 wickets. On his birthday, Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 101 runs equaling Sachin Tendulkar’s record of highest number of 49 centuries in One Day Internationals. Virat touched the milestone in 277 innings as against Tendulkar’s 452 innings. He was adjudged Player of the match.
Shreyas Ayer scored 77. Kohli and Shreyas built a 134-run partnership. Rohit Sharma made 40 runs. India is currently at Number one position with fourteen points followed by South Africa at 2nd place with twelve points.
Today, Bangladesh will clash with Sri Lanka at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. The match will start at 2 PM. The clash lacks a significant edge as well as regards to the tournament due to both teams having no chance of qualifying for the next round. Their only bone of contention on the day will be a chance to qualify for the Champions Trophy in 2025 Sri Lanka are 7th on the points table while Bangladesh are languishing on 9th.