It’s been a big day for Team India at Eden Gardens in Kolkata yesterday when not only they made good use of the winning toss by batting first thanks to their big batting score of 326-5, but they also had no problems cleaning up the opposition relatively quickly later on after the Proteas were all out for 83 with the 243 run win.
Hats off to the birthday boy (age 35 now) in Virat Kohli who is amazing with the bat after he got away with a magnificent hundred & not having to been dismissed along the way. Shreyas Iyer also did well to back it up on 77 including 1-2 big hits downtown & how about an all-round display from Ravi Jadeja where he can both bowl well with spin after his 5fer as well as being able to bat a bit too!! Lots of good things to describe Team India as they head into the last group stage game still undefeated v Netherlands on Sunday.
And it has been a great run until this point where it’s not been the Proteas day when being easily beaten by a side who is in red-hot form on home soil. They fired off not bad with 1-2 early wickets, but then they couldn’t stop Virat Kohli as well as Iyer and the two all-rounders down the order for the majority. Even though they had to meet the 327 run target, things has gone from bad to worse when their batters are just not up to the task sadly with that big loss v a top-ranked team. They got Afghanistan coming up on Friday but it looks it’s going to be the same old Proteas like it was in previous World Cups unless they find a way that saw them win games regularly v top-ranked sides every year.