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South Africa becomes first team to achieve sensational feat in Cricket World Cup history

Aiden Markram smashed the fastest century of the World Cup off just 49 balls, while Quinton De Kock and Rassie van der Dussen also managed punishing hundreds as South Africa raised the alarm with a mammoth 428/5 against Sri Lanka in their World Cup match on Saturday. This was the third total of over 400 achieved by South Africa in the history of the Cricket World Cup, becoming the first team to achieve this feat. De Kock (100 from 84 balls), Dussen (108 from 110 balls) and Markram (106 from 54 balls) went on a rampage to propel South Africa past their highest-ever World Cup total – the Australia’s 417/7 against Afghanistan in the 2015 edition.

Highest team total in ODI Cricket World Cup

428/5 – SA v SL, Delhi 2023*
417/6 – AUS v AFG, Perth 2015
413/5 – IND v BER, Port of Spain 2007
411/4 – SA v IRE, Canberra 2015
408/5 – SA v WI, Sydney, 2015

After De Kock and Van der Dussen set the platform for a massive score with their second wicket stand of 204, Markram applied a brutal knockout blow to pulverize Sri Lanka.

All three South African centurions – De Kock, Van der Dussen and Markram – also recorded their first hundred in the World Cup.

A total of 39 fours and eight sixes collectively came from the Proteas trio.

Heinrich Klaasen hit three more fours and a six for his 20-ball 32 and David Miller hit three fours and two sixes for his unbeaten 21-ball 39.

Making the most of a favorable pitch against an exhausted and errant Sri Lankan bowling line-up, the South African batters continued at a high scoring rate in the middle to take control.

An initial blow was dealt when Dilshan Madushanka pinned Temba Bavuma (8) in front of the wicket, but that was the only moment of joy for the Sri Lankans.

De Kock and Van der Dussen, together just 10 balls into the contest, were only separated after putting their side in a dominant position with the fourth-highest ever partnership for a wicket for South Africa during the World Cup.

De Kock, set to retire from ODIs after the tournament, was in his elements to get a hundred.

On the other hand, Van der Dussen celebrated his 50th ODI with a fifth career ton, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in the process. Markram opened with two straight drives for four against Madushanka and brought out every conventional shot in his book to break the record set by Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien (50 balls for 100) in 2011.

Van der Dussen survived a close chance in the 65th over when a poorly timed shot fell very close to Sadeera Samarawickrama, who, placed at short mid-wicket, responded a little late and missed the catch.

With no turn or catch for the SL spinners, the South African batters capitalized with the ball sliding across the bat in the middle overs. In fact, 85 runs came in overs between 19 and 29, with 11 fours and two sixes.

Dunith Wellalage threw five straight runs to right-hander Van der Dussen in the 26th, forcing the batter to try to break the trend.

A reverse sweep attempt sent the ball close to Pathum Nissanka, who made a diving move to his right, but his one-handed effort knocked the ball out of his hand.

In the 29th over, another chance to break the partnership presented itself when a mix-up between De Kock and Van der Dussen left both batters vulnerable to a run-out. But a throw from the wrong side – which also missed the stumps – kept the pair intact.

However, De Kock fell just after reaching the milestone, gaining an edge from a short ball from Pathirana in the 31st and Van der Dussen also didn’t push much after his century.

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