India delivered a commanding performance as they convincingly defeated high-flying South Africa in the 37th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, held at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Fueled by a remarkable 49th ODI century from Virat Kohli, which drew him level with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record, India managed to set a formidable total of 326/5, even on a challenging pitch. Keshav Maharaj was the standout performer for South Africa, claiming 1/30 from his allotted 10 overs.

India’s bowlers showcased their excellence by exposing South Africa’s vulnerabilities during their chase. They secured quick wickets, leaving South Africa reeling at 59/6. Eventually, India bowled out South Africa for a mere 83 runs, sealing a comprehensive victory. Ravindra Jadeja was the star of the show with a remarkable five-wicket haul, while Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav contributed with two wickets each.

In this match, several records were shattered, with Virat Kohli achieving numerous milestones:

  1. Surpassing 1500 ODI World Cup runs.
  2. Becoming the third player and the first Indian to amass 500 runs in the 2023 World Cup.
  3. Crossing 6000 ODI runs at home, equating Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
  4. Achieving his 49th ODI century, matching Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
  5. Securing the second-highest number of 50-plus scores in ODIs.
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Additionally, Rohit Sharma played a significant role with his aggressive 40-run innings, equalling AB de Villiers’ record for the most sixes in a calendar year.

Shreyas Iyer was a key contributor with a crucial 77-run knock, despite facing repeated dismissals by Lungi Ngidi.

Quinton de Kock reached the milestone of 1000 ODI World Cup runs, and Ravindra Jadeja achieved numerous bowling milestones, including becoming the first bowler to claim a fifer against South Africa in ODI World Cup history.

South Africa, on the other hand, posted their lowest-ever ODI World Cup score and their lowest total against India.

Kuldeep Yadav emerged as the leading wicket-taker in ODIs in 2023.

This match resulted in South Africa’s most significant defeat in ODIs, with an astonishing 243-run margin.