India showed its dominance with a resounding victory over South Africa at Eden Gardens. Sunday’s match revealed India’s superiority with an impressive 243-run win. This was the biggest World Cup defeat for a South African team.
Jonty’s “brutal” comment comes at a time when South Africa had enjoyed an enviable record before that, having won six of their last seven matches. They had the unique distinction of beating India in the 2011 World Cup. This victory was etched in the annals of cricket. However, this time, the result was radically different.
Today’s play highlighted a stark contrast. South Africa’s performance dwindled to an all-time low in a 50-over World Cup, 83 runs. This result stands out as a significant drop from their previous performance which dominated most other teams in the tournament.
India’s unbeaten record in the 2023 World Cup
India continued their exceptional form and remained unbeaten. Days earlier, they had easily beaten Sri Lanka (by 302 runs), dominated England (by 100 runs), and edged New Zealand (by 4 wickets). The Men in Blue’s consistent superiority with both bat and ball is a clear indication of their tremendous level.
This victory at the iconic Kolkata Stadium was not just about the numbers on the scoreboard. It was a statement. It highlighted the gap between India’s current cricketing strength and that of its international counterparts.
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Updated: 06 November 2023, 11:00 AM IST