Dominant India Crush South Africa by 243 Runs in ICC ODI World Cup 2023
In a historic match, India’s cricket team stuns South Africa with a 243-run victory in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, maintaining their unbeaten run.
The Indian cricket team’s remarkable journey in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 continues as they secured a resounding victory over South Africa, winning by a staggering margin of 243 runs. This monumental defeat marks a significant setback for the Proteas in ODIs and unfolded at the iconic Eden Gardens Stadium on a memorable Sunday.
India orchestrated South Africa’s downfall, bundling them out for a mere 83 runs in just 27.1 overs. The catalyst for this remarkable feat was Ravindra Jadeja, who displayed his prowess with a sensational five-wicket haul. Prior to Jadeja’s heroics, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli had set the tone with a splendid batting performance.
The Indian bowlers orchestrated a masterclass in the art of dismantling the opposition. The onslaught began with Mohammad Siraj, who swiftly removed Quinton de Kock, dislodging his off-stump after the South African opener had scored a mere 5 runs.
During the Power-play phase, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja commenced his hunt by clean-bowling the Proteas’ skipper, Temba Bavuma, for a meager 11 runs. Jadeja’s hunt for wickets continued as he claimed four more victims. He trapped Heinrich Klassen (1) leg-before-wicket, dismissed David Miller (11) with a fiery delivery, cleaned up Keshav Maharaj’s off-stump (7), and sent Kagiso Rabada (6) back to the pavilion, taking a caught-and-bowled wicket.
Jadeja’s exceptional performance also earned him the distinction of becoming the second Indian spinner to achieve a five-wicket haul in World Cup history, following in the footsteps of Yuvraj Singh, who accomplished the feat by taking 5 for 31 against Ireland in 2011.
Mohammed Shami contributed significantly with two crucial wickets, removing Aiden Markram (6) and Rassie van der Dussen (13). Kuldeep Yadav also made his presence felt by taking two wickets, dismissing Marco Jansen (14) and Luni Ngidi (0).
With this emphatic victory, India extended their unbeaten streak in the World Cup 2023, securing their eighth consecutive win. They now have 16 points from eight games and stand as the sole unbeaten team in this edition of the World Cup.
The match between India and South Africa was anticipated as a clash of titans, featuring the top two teams. However, India dismantled their opponents well before the expected showdown, as South Africa failed to last even 30 overs.
India’s flawless record of eight wins in eight games ensures their position at the top of the points table as they head into the league stage’s conclusion. In contrast, South Africa remains with 12 points and suffered their second loss in three games while chasing. Despite the setback, their net run rate remains healthy at 1.376.