Live Cricket Score - India vs South Africa, Match 37, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

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South Africa 83-10 (27.1 Ovs)
Tabraiz Shamsi  4 (4)
India 326-5
Kuldeep Yadav  5.1-1-7-2
India won by 243 runs
Virat Kohli scored ODI century #49 to go level with Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli scored ODI century #49 to go level with Sachin Tendulkar © AFP

Live updates and highlights from the ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and South Africa at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata

India bully SA on way to a massive win

It's all over. A win by 243 Runs! Kuldeep Yadav completes the formalities with the wicket of Ngidi, ending their innings on 83. Bowling masterclass doesn't begin to describe what India have done today to arguably the best batting line-ups of the tournament. It's a hiding and a half for Temba Bavuma's side a day after their Semifinal qualification was secured following Pakistan's win over New Zealand. They need to take solace from the fact that this performance doesn't do anything to their progression at the tournament, though it remains to be seen the effect it has on their pysche as a batting side. That's what India's bowling attack does to you these days.

You could argue South Africa have a clear flaw in their ways - of being timid batting second, but it would be unfair to take anything away from the relentlessness of India's bowling attack. This was a very clear case of 'It's not you, it's me' from India's pov. With this win, India confirm their top-spot finish even before they take the field against Netherlands in Bangalore next Sunday on November 12. South Africa head to Ahmedabad next and have four days to shrug off this 'off-day' before taking on Afghanistan on November 10.

Five for Jadeja

Kagiso Rabada is caught and bowled to give Jadeja a fifer.

Kuldeep Yadav has one now...

The left-arm wrist spinner has taken out *checks scorecard* South Africa's best batter - No. 7 Marco Jansen. There's not much more you could say about this batting (no)show from South Africa today as Jansen holes out to Jadeja at cover. Eight down.

Four for Jadeja!

Keshav Maharaj can't do any better on that. That ball spun, and spun sharp from middle and leg, squared up the batter, and looked like it was mocking him a little on the way to the stumps. Maharaj can only look at the pitch and walk away. Only a few hours ago he did exactly this to Shubman Gill. SA's famed batting has been thoroughly humbled here, as they're down to 63/7.

This is now best figures for Ravindra Jadeja in World Cups, bettering 3/28 against Australia in Chenai earlier in the tounament

Miller is No.6 and Jadeja has a third

This top of the table contest is turning into a mismatch. Miller also tries to use Jadeja's extra pace for a sweep, misses and finds himself facing the wreckage behind him at the end of his shot.

The last time before today none of South Africa's top six batters did not hit a six - vs India in Delhi in Oct 2022

Five down and slipping away fast

This is relentless stuff from India. Klaasen tries to break the rut and brings out the sweep against Jadeja. He misses and India go up in appeal. Umpire says no and India review. On first look it feels like it may have pitched outside leg. It isn't. Then the ball spins every so slightly to ping Klaasen in front.

Then Shami in the next over bowls a ripper of a nip-backer that the umpire thinks is definitely missing. India can't believe it and review it. It's three reds once more and Rassie follows Klaasen into the hut. It's unraveling real quick here. 40/5!

Shami: I'm inevitable

Rohit throws the ball to Shami and he hands his captain a wicket - the big one of Aiden Markram. The star SA batter is lucky a couple of balls ago when the inside edge just squirts past the stumps. But then he gets one to shape away from Markram , finds the edge on the way to the keeper! 35/3 and India have dragged Klaasen early to the middle!

And the pressure brings a wicket

An early introduction for Jadeja and exactly like Maharaj it takes him only three balls to strike. It's a rather similar dismissal too. Spinning ever so slightly past a rooted Bavuma to hit off-stump. Class!

Tough start for South Africa

Just the one wicket down for the Proteas but they have only 21 on the board after 7 overs. Such mastery over lengths from Bumrah and Siraj. Exceptional stuff.

De Kock falls early in big chase

And it's Siraj taking PowerPlay wickets again for India. This one is pushed across de Kock, who looks to punch this ball with an open face and only manages to drag it back onto the stumps. Big blow for South Africa. The man with four tons is back in the hut.

India finish on 326/5

At one stage, 350 looked gettable. And at another, even 280 seemed a stretch. Quite the topsy-turvy innings for India that began with Rohit Sharma toying with South Africa's quicks. Kohli got his monumental milestone but it didn't come easy... or quick. "It was a wicket that was a bit tricky to bat on," he admitted in the innings break and it showed.

Kohli might take a lot of the plaudits today, but Shreyas Iyer's 77 off 87 was incredibly important, particularly as he took charge in wading past the spin challenge in the middle-overs. For 5.4 overs between the wickets of Iyer and KL Rahul, India dragged their feet, adding just 22 runs. Suryakumar Yadav (22 off 14) and Ravindra Jadeja's (29* off 15) late cameos gave India the push they needed at the death. If dew stays away, this perhaps is a winning total, even against this South African line-up.

If you're an Indian fan worried about South Africa's batting might ahead of the chase, this could put you at ease:

South Africa while batting first:428/5 (vs SL), 311/7 (vs AUS), 399/7 (vs ENG), 382/5 (vs BAN), 357/4 (vs NZ)
South Africa in chases:207 (vs NED), 271/9 (vs PAK)

Ton No.49 for Virat Kohli

It's been a tough innings on a tough pitch but Kohli gets there eventually, off the 119th ball faced. The 49th is his joint-slowest ton in ODIs. India have passed 300 on what looks a tough pitch.

Scoring a century on birthday (ODIs)
  • Vinod Kambli 100* vs Eng Jaipur 1993 (21th birthday)

  • Sachin Tendulkar 134 vs Aus Sharjah 1998 (25)

  • Sanath Jayasuriya 130 vs Ind Karachi 2008 (39)

  • Ross Taylor 131* vs Pak Pallekele 2011 (27)

  • Tom Latham 140* vs Net Hamilton 2022 (30)

  • Mitchell Marsh 121 vs Pak Bengaluru 2023 (32)

  • Virat Kohli 101* vs SA Kolkata 2023 (35)

Suryakumar falls for 22 off 14

A very important cameo in the context of this Indian innings which had lost some momentum against the old ball post Iyer's dismissal. Kohli in the 90s.

India struggling to get a move on

It's not been a easy pitch but Kohli hasn't been able to put away the half-trackers. The pressure of the squeeze is faced by Rahul, who looks to take the aerial route out of the rut but perishes in the deep.

South Africa string tight overs once more

Just when it looked like India were pulling away, overs 35-40 have bought just 20 runs and the wicket of Iyer. Kohli perhaps will need to pick up his scoring. It's not been easy for the new man to come in and get a measure of this wicket.

Iyer falls attempting a big shot

At the other end, Kohli has gone from 36 (36) to 68 (86) and Iyer takes it upon himself to keep the momentum. Kagiso Rabada comes back and bowls a tight over. Ngidi takes it from there and his off-cutters prove tough to get away. Eventually Iyer skies one and holes out at mid-on. It's been an excellent innings nevertheless.

134 b/w Kohli & Shreyas - highest partnership against SA in this World Cup

Iyer gets 50, goes up another gear

64-ball 50 for Shreyas Iyer. Remember he was on 12 off 35. This is a superb comeback for him, starting from how he played Shamsi. Now South Africa bring back Jansen and Iyer smokes him for three boundaries. Much to ponder for South Africa. Aiden Markram is introduced into the attack. There is some turn on offer and Bavuma may want him to cover some overs for the quicks, who haven't had it easy here.

Iyer picks up pace; Kohli gets 50; Maharaj bowls out

Shreyas Iyer has picked up pace after his slow start to the innings. He's cashed in every time Shamsi has missed his lengths. And India's run-rate is back up to 6.00. Meanwhile, Kohli has gotten to a sedate 67-ball half-century. For South Africa, Maharaj has bowled 10 on the trot to finish with outstanding figures of 1 for 30. Not a single boundary conceded by him.

Not been easy for Iyer to get away

Iyer is an excellent player of spin but the bowling (from Keshav Maharaj) has been equally brilliant. And there's enough turn from the straight to keep the batter circumspect. Add to that the fact that India no longer have batting depth. Iyer gets to 12 off 35 before he walks across the stumps and gets the faintest tickle to an attempted lap sweep against Shamsi for his first boundary.

A different ball game post PowerPlay

  • First 10 overs: 91/1

  • Next 6 overs: 16/1

Turn! And Maharaj cleans up Gill

It needs a second look because there's a bit of disbelief about how a ball pitched on legstump line skimmed the bail above the off-stump. But there is serious turn on offer and Maharaj has struck with his third ball. Drift, dip and turn and a contender for the ball of the tournament. Jadeja and Kuldeep will have taken note. India's run rate has come down from 9 to 7 as Kohli and Iyer look to rebuild here.

First wicketless PowerPlay for Jansen in this World Cup

4-0-43-0 his figures. India have gone after one of the bowlers of this tournament!

Rohit falls after blazing opening

40 off 24 for the Indian captain. Six fours and two sixes. Took his chances but has got India off to a sensational start. But it's the first change bowler that's brought respite to South Africa. Kagiso Rabada comes on and finds his length almost immediately. Rohit Sharma is eager to hit him off that length and charges out and nails a drive but finds mid-off. 62/1 after 5.5 overs!

Enter Virat Kohli.

All guns blazing

South Africa have experimented with a couple of interesting field placements. A leg gully for Shubman Gill and a wide second slip for Rohit Sharma. None of those fielders have been in play as yet. After three overs, India have 35/0 with each batter having hit three fours each already.

Playing XIs

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

TOSS: India win the toss and elect to bat first

India remain unchanged, but South Africa bring in the chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi in place of pacer Gerald Coetzee.

The clash of the Titans

The teams have one loss between them. It's the dominant hosts, who haven't dropped a match in this tournament, up against South Africa, who faltered against the Netherlands but made it a point to prove that it was an aberration in the games that followed. Also, remember, the last time the teams clashed in a World Cup match in India, the hosts were handed their only loss of the 2011 World Cup by South Africa. Back in the days of Tendulkar hundreds - his 99th on that fateful day in Nagpur.

Essentially, it's the most deadly batting attack of the tournament - South Africa, coming up against the most potent bowling line-up of the World Cup. Who's coming up trumps at the Eden today? Welcome to our coverage.




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