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Virat Kohli Scores Century on Birthday, Equals Sachin Tendulkar’s Record in World Cup


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Indian cricketer Virat Kohli marked his 35th birthday with a memorable century, tying with Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds. His unbeaten 101 led India to a massive victory over South Africa in the World Cup, as the team continues its unbeaten streak.

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Key Points:

  • Virat Kohli celebrates his 35th birthday with a 49th ODI hundred, matching Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
  • India defeats South Africa by 243 runs in the Cricket World Cup.
  • South Africa collapses to 83 all out, with Ravindra Jadeja taking five wickets.
  • India remains undefeated in the tournament, leading the points table.
  • The match saw strong performances from both Indian batsmen and bowlers.

On his 35th birthday, Virat Kohli achieved a special milestone by scoring his 49th ODI hundred, equalling the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record. India defeated South Africa in the Eden Gardens with a formidable score of 326 runs with to Kohli’s undefeated 101 runs off 121 balls. Shreyas Iyer, who scored an impressive 77 runs, gave him with some backing.

Kohli thanked the crowd and his idol, Sachin Tendulkar, for the opportunity to play, dedicating his century to them both. The celebration continued for India as they dismantled the South African batting lineup, bowling them out for just 83 runs. This marked India’s eighth win in the tournament, keeping them at the top of the points table with 16 points.

South Africa, struggling against India’s bowlers, faced its second-lowest ODI total ever. Ravindra Jadeja’s exceptional performance earned him five wickets, while Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav also made significant contributions with the ball.

Despite the challenging pitch, Kohli’s skillful batting and strategic partnerships propelled India to a high score. South Africa’s attempt to chase was met with early setbacks and they couldn’t recover, leading to their collapse.

As the World Cup progresses, India’s strong position enhances their prospects for the semi-finals, while other teams vie for the remaining spots. The triumph was not just a display of Kohli’s batting prowess, but also a testament to India’s all-around dominance in the tournament.


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