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India crush South Africa to ebook semi-final slot

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India crush South Africa to ebook semi-final slot
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Virat Kohli marked his thirty fifth birthday together with his second century of the World Cup and Ravindra Jadeja claimed 5 wickets as India thumped South Africa by 243 runs in a contest that includes the highest two groups within the match on the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

South Africa’s chase of 327 started shakily as they misplaced half their facet cheaply for 40 runs inside 14 overs as Jadeja (5-33) and Mohammed Shami (2-18) wreaked havoc earlier than the Proteas fell to solely their second defeat, dismissed for 83 in 27.1 overs.

Jadeja was the decide of the bowlers, shattering the stumps of three batsmen, whereas Mohammed Siraj (1-11) and Kuldeep Yadav (2-7) additionally performed their half within the huge win.

Kohli’s unbeaten 101 contained 10 fours and left him degree with Indian nice Sachin Tendulkar on 49 one-day worldwide a whole bunch as he continued his very good kind by taking his tally previous 500 runs within the match.

He dropped anchor in a stable third-wicket stand of 134 with Shreyas Iyer, who hit 77 with seven fours and two sixes, earlier than making his ton within the forty ninth over as India completed with 326-5 on a gradual Kolkata wicketwith late hitting by Jadeja (29 not out).

Both groups have certified for the semi-finals and Sunday’s recreation was touted as a costume rehearsal for the title conflict later this month and it was India who took management early and arrange their eighth successive victory.

They elected to bat first after profitable the toss and took benefit of some wayward tempo bowling by Marco Jansen to make a blazing begin however skipper Rohit Sharma fell for a 24-ball 40 as he appeared to launch first-change Kagiso Rabada over mid-off.

After reaching 91-1 within the powerplay, the hosts misplaced opener Shubman Gill (23) to an unplayable supply from Keshav Maharaj within the eleventh over as South Africa introduced the run-rate below management with spin.

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