Pitch and weather: The pitch at Eden Gardens hasn’t really favoured a particular type of bowling. If fast bowlers have picked up wickets at a better strike rate than the spinners, spinners have superior economy rates. On Sunday afternoon, the temperature will peak at 32°C. At night, it’s expected to drop to 23°C, which means dew could play a role in the second innings. The Air Quality Index will be around 160.
India vs South Africa Highlights 2023, ICC CWC 2023 37th Match, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Sunday 5-11-2023.
Rohit: Looks like a good pitch and honestly it’s more to do with what we want to do as a team. I think it’s going to be a good game with two teams at the top of the table. I love playing here and the Indian team loves playing at this historic ground. We’re playing the same team
Bavuma: Looking at the wicket, we would’ve batted first, but it will be a nice challenge for us to chase. Chasing in an area where we need to get a lot more confidence. One change: Shamsi comes in for Coetzee.
Toss: India chose to bat.
India team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Mohammed Siraj
South Africa team: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (c), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
Head to Head In ODI’s: 90
India Won: 37
South Africa Won: 50
India ODI Rankings: 1st
South Africa ODI Rankings: 4th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
South Africa WWWWL
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire – Chris Brown
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Alex Wharf
Match number – ODI no. 4694
Post Match Presentation
We know the challenge, know the narrative around us while chasing. Didn’t do it any justice today. When we talk about it as a batting group, gotta be honest. The first ten overs with the ball made it a challenge. We did do quite well after that. Biggest challenge was taking wickets and India built big stands. The conditions are the biggest learning. Wicket played as we suspected it to play – expected it to deteriorate but we didn’t adapt well. It will be up to us to adapt our skills accordingly.
If we look at how we played in the last three games, we played better in terms of adapting to the situation. We were put under pressure against England. In the last game as well, we lost a wicket in the first over but got to a good score and seamers came to the party. Today was not an easy pitch, you needed someone like Kohli, who batted to the situation. Not to forget Shreyas. It’s important to let guys have freedom in the middle and what the team expects from them. You know it can’t always be done but when it does it looks good and that’s what happened with Shami.
Same with Iyer, wasn’t getting the runs but he’s showed in the last two games the kind of class he has. Going hard in the first ten isn’t something we’ve discussed. That’s how Gill and I have batted together. We let our instincts take over. If the wicket is good, we keep going and things fall in place. Jadeja has been really good. Big matchwinner. He keeps doing the job, goes under the radar but today is a classic case of what he does – score late runs and take wickets. Not to get ahead of ourselves is something we are constantly talking about. When we turn up, we want to play to our potential.
Virat Kohli, POTM:
It was a big game. Probably playing the toughest team in the tournament so far, there was motivation for doing well. People made it a bit more special on my birthday. I had a sense of it being something more. When the openers start in that fashion, you’d think it was a belter. Conditions change with the old ball. Message from the management was for me to bat deep, I was happy from that perspective.
We knew we were above par when around 315. I enjoy playing cricket again which is more important now and that I’m able to contribute for the team all over again. Tendulkar’s tweet is quite special. It’s all too much to take in for now. It’s a huge honour to equal my hero’s record. He’s perfection with the bat. It’s an emotional moment. I know the days I come from, I know the days I have watched him on TV. To receive appreciation from him means a lot to me.