Virat Kohli marked his 35th birthday in grand style, scoring his second century of the World Cup, while Ravindra Jadeja’s stellar performance with five wickets led India to a resounding 243-run victory over South Africa in a highly anticipated contest between the tournament’s top two teams.
South Africa’s pursuit of India’s 327-run target got off to a shaky start as they lost half of their side for just 40 runs within the first 14 overs. Mohammed Shami (2-18) and Jadeja (5-33) wreaked havoc, ultimately leading to the Proteas’ second defeat as they were bowled out for 83 in 27.1 overs.
Jadeja stood out as the top bowler, dismantling the stumps of three batsmen, while Mohammed Siraj (1-11) and Kuldeep Yadav (2-7) also played pivotal roles in India’s commanding win.
Kohli’s unbeaten century, a masterful 101 with 10 fours, brought him level with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar with 49 one-day international hundreds. His exceptional form in the tournament saw him surpass 500 runs.
Kohli anchored a sturdy third-wicket partnership of 134 with Shreyas Iyer, who contributed 77 runs, featuring seven fours and two sixes. Kohli reached his century in the 49th over, helping India post a formidable total of 326-5 on a slow Kolkata pitch. Ravindra Jadeja’s late hitting added 29 crucial runs to India’s innings.
Both India and South Africa have secured spots in the semi-finals, and Sunday’s match, considered a preview of the title clash later this month, saw India establish early control and extend their winning streak to eight consecutive victories.
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