The Indian cricket team registered their straight eighth win in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023 after defeating South Africa by 243 runs in the match which was played yesterday at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Indian cricketer Virat Kohli not only celebrated his 35th birthday with a win but also with his 49th ODI ton and with this century, he has equalled the record of maximum centuries in ODIs which was registered in the name of former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
The toss was won by the Indian cricket team and they chose to bat first. The Indian openers started well as skipper Rohit Sharma (40 runs) and Shubman Gill (23 runs) produced a partnership of 62 runs in just 6 overs. After these two got out, Virat Kohli (101 runs not out) and Shreyas Iyer (77 runs) stitched a partnership of 134 runs and helped their team in posting a total of 326/5 in their stipulated 50 overs.
The Indian bowlers were once again on fire in this match as they wrapped the whole South African team for just 83 runs in 28 overs and how the Indian bowlers dominated the SA batters can be understood by the fact that 7 batters were not able to touch the double digit mark. Ravindra Jadeja was the highest wicket taker for India in this match as he took 5 wickets in his 9 overs and gave away only 33 runs.
The online users were filled with joy and they expressed their happiness over X, here are some selected reactions:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2023
From @ImRo45's aggressive start to @imVkohli's composed 49th ODI ton, from @imjadeja's cameo with the bat to his magical spell with the ball, it was a magnificent show of skills and consistency from Team India. Complete domination! 👏🇮🇳#INDvSA#CWC23 pic.twitter.com/XUc4yIa5ik
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) November 5, 2023
— ICC (@ICC) November 5, 2023
2013 – Ravindra Jadeja becomes the only Indian bowler to take a five-for in Champions Trophy.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) November 5, 2023
INDIA DEFEATED SOUTH AFRICA BY 243 RUNS…..!!!! 🇮🇳
8 out of 8 wins in World Cup 2023. pic.twitter.com/SmVua3Wsnx
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 5, 2023
#IND VS SA- SA batsmen like hurry up mate. Need to go for Kohli’s birthday party 😜
— Raven D (@RavenD49001555) November 5, 2023
— CA Mohit Agarwal (@mohit08021996) November 5, 2023
Virat Kohli – 101.
South Africa – 83. pic.twitter.com/xmpRGULyMg
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 5, 2023
Blazing start by Rohit
Iconic VK 💯 & partnership with Iyer
Camoes from SKY and Jaddu
Pacers causing havoc again
Jaddu running through the opposition
Team India juggernaut rolls on.
Very well played boys just few more steps 👏🏽🤞🏽🇮🇳 #INDvSA #CWC2023 pic.twitter.com/tO5bvsmUP5
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 5, 2023
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) November 5, 2023
What an incredible performance by Team India.
Great start by Rohit, wonderful contribution from Shreyas Iyer and #ViratKohli on his birthday giving a great gift to all his admirer’s. A great day to reach his 49th ODI 100. And then the Indian bowlers led by Ravindra Jadeja were… pic.twitter.com/IpQqLb9QuF
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 5, 2023
Virat Kohli was adjudged as the Player of the Match for his superb batting and it was certainly a great performance by him on his birthday.
Well played team India!!!