Rohit Sharma-led Team India continued their supreme run at the ongoing World Cup and defeated South Africa by 243 runs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday.
On his 35th birthday, Virat Kohli equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s incredible record of 49 ODI centuries with yet another stunning performance played in difficult conditions. The former captain of India played through the most of the innings in Kolkata’s humidity, so his celebration was restrained. His century set the bar high for India as they amassed a massive 326/5 in 50 overs.
With Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill starting the innings on offense and thrashed Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada. After the openers fell, Keshav Maharaj put pressure during the middle overs, which caused the run rate to slow down, but Kohli and Shreyas Iyer persevered through it.
KL Rahul fell soon thereafter and Suryakumar Yadav then played an entertaining cameo, smashing 22 in 14 balls and Ravindra Jadeja then did the same. The all-rounder remained unbeaten on 29 off 15 while Kohli at the other end got to his milestone. He finished unbeaten on 101 off 121.
As he finished with a five-wicket haul, Ravindra Jadeja was the mastermind behind India’s amazing display with the ball. India gave South Africa a tough target of 327 and, riding on his heroics, folded them for 83 in 27.1 overs. Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav each took two wickets, while Mohammed Siraj took one, aside from Jadeja.