Kohli, in his signature style, played a pivotal role in consolidating India's innings, reaching his 49th ODI century to equal Sachin Tendulkar's legendary record. He expertly controlled the proceedings, even though he slowed down slightly before reaching his century.

As the innings approached its conclusion, Ravindra Jadeja arrived at the crease and immediately began to make an impact. Jadeja's aggressive batting provided the final flourish, adding valuable runs to India's total. 

While Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada put up commendable bowling performances, the rest of the South African bowlers had an off day.

India's commanding total of 326 poses a formidable challenge for South Africa as they embark on their chase. With their batters in outstanding form, the Proteas have their work cut out for them in this high-stakes encounter. 

The stage is set for a thrilling second innings as both teams seek to secure victory in this pivotal clash.

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