South Africa vs. Sri Lanka: “South Africa’s Record-Breaking Triumph, ICC World Cup 2023 Opener Sets the Stage”

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka: South Africa Makes a Roaring Entry with Record-Breaking Victory in ICC World Cup 2023 Opener

     South Africa announced their arrival in the ICC World Cup 2023 with a bang, delivering a stunning performance against Sri Lanka. The match was characterized by record-breaking feats, incredible centuries, and an emphatic win for the Proteas.

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka: Aiden Markram's Blazing Century Sets a New World Cup Milestone

     In a display of extraordinary batting prowess, Aiden Markram smashed a century in just 49 balls, becoming the fastest batter to reach this milestone in the history of the ICC World Cup. His remarkable performance was a significant highlight of South Africa’s record-breaking innings.

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka's Fightback Falls Short as South Africa Secures 102-Run Victory

     Despite spirited efforts from Sri Lankan batters, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, and Dasun Shanaka, they couldn’t overcome the immense target set by South Africa. In the end, the Proteas’ dominance prevailed, sealing a convincing 102-run win for them in the ICC World Cup 2023 opener.

    South Africa vs. Sri Lanka

     Sri Lanka Skipper before the Match

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Head Coach before the Match

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka

Ready for Match Day

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka

Match Preview

     Clash of Titans: South Africa vs. Sri Lanka in ICC World Cup 2023 Opener

     The 2023 ICC Men’s ODI World Cup kicks off with an electrifying clash between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. While South Africa appears more formidable, given their impressive batting lineup, Sri Lanka’s spinners could be game-changers in subcontinental conditions.

     South Africa’s Batting Prowess

     South Africa boasts a formidable batting lineup, featuring Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, and David Miller. Their experience on Indian wickets, as seen in the IPL, makes them a force to be reckoned with.

     Challenges for Sri Lanka

      Sri Lanka faces challenges, particularly in their batting department, with Kusal Perera being the only top-order batter with a strike rate of 90. The absence of Maheesh Theekshana further complicates matters, shifting the focus to Dunith Wellalage.

     South Africa’s Ascent to Contention

     Once labeled “chokers” on the big stage, South Africa has evolved and is now considered a serious contender. Their recent ODI series win against Australia has boosted their confidence. With a strong squad, they aim to break through to the semifinals.

     Sri Lanka’s Spin Weaponry

     Despite the absence of key players, Sri Lanka still possesses spinners who could excel in Indian conditions. Dunith Wellalage and Dushan Hemantha might prove to be crucial during the middle overs, presenting a challenge to the South African batters.

     A Battle of Contrasts

     While South Africa holds a clear advantage on paper, Sri Lanka’s spinners and unpredictability could lead to intriguing moments in the match. This clash promises to be a captivating start to the ICC World Cup 2023, setting the stage for an exciting tournament.

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka

Head-to-Head Record Throughout History:

  • Total Matches Played: 80
  • South Africa Triumphs: 45
  • Sri Lanka Victories: 43

Head-to-Head World Cup Record:

  • Total World Cup Matches: 6
  • South Africa’s Triumphs: 4
  • Sri Lanka’s Victories: 2

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka

The Previous Five Encounters:

     The most recent face-off between these two nations in the 50-over format took place in September 2021 during a three-match series hosted by Sri Lanka. South Africa secured one victory, while Sri Lanka claimed two wins.

     Before this series, South Africa won the two matches, although both were played outside the subcontinent.

     Form Guide:

  • South Africa: WWWLL (Three Wins, Two Losses)
  • Sri Lanka: LWLWW (Two Wins, Three Losses)

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka

     Fun Fact:

     South Africa’s strong record against Sri Lanka in ODI World Cup matches stands out, with only one defeat in six encounters. Interestingly, none of these matches took place in Asia.

     Weather Update:

     The weather forecast for the match in Delhi looks promising. Expect a sunny day with clear skies and approximately 45% humidity. There’s a minimal chance of rain, indicating favorable playing conditions for the teams.

     Pitch Report:

     The pitch in the national capital is favorable for batsmen, offering small boundaries that enable higher scores. As the match progresses, the dry pitch can offer crucial support to spinners. Historically, the average first-innings score on this surface has been around 230. Notably, teams batting second have a strong track record at this venue, with a winning average of 60%. This sets the stage for an exciting and competitive match.


     Sri Lanka Skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bowl first.

     Shanaka’s Toss Decision: Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan captain, has chosen to bowl first. He mentioned the expected dew factor later in the game as a reason for this decision. He expressed confidence in the pitch quality and his team’s preparation, aiming to restrict their opponents to a low total. Despite a few injuries, Shanaka confirmed his fitness. Sri Lanka’s lineup features three fast bowlers and three allrounders, showcasing their versatility.

     Bavuma’s Toss Reaction: Temba Bavuma, the South African captain, admitted that he too would have preferred to bowl first. Nevertheless, he expressed confidence in his team’s preparation. Although they couldn’t play all of their practice games, the matches in South Africa have prepared them well for the tournament. Bavuma highlighted the need for their batsmen to adjust to the conditions and emphasized that their bowlers would need to do the same. South Africa’s playing lineup includes four pacers (Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Coetzee, and Marco Jansen) and one specialist spinner (Keshav Maharaj).


South Africa vs. Sri Lanka
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South Africa vs. Sri Lanka
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Time for National Anthems

     As a mark of respect and unity, both teams and the officials gather to line up for the national anthems. It’s a moment filled with pride and anticipation for the players and fans alike.

     Action Begins

     The game is underway as Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock stride out to the middle. It’s time for some exciting cricket action!

Match Summary

     In a resounding display of cricket prowess, South Africa announced their presence at the ICC World Cup 2023 with a convincing victory over Sri Lanka. The Proteas showcased their batting might by setting a record-breaking total of 428 runs, the highest in the tournament’s history. Notably, they became the first team to achieve three centuries in a World Cup match, with Aiden Markram’s 49-ball century making history as the fastest in the men’s 50-overs World Cup.

     Sri Lanka won the toss and invited South Africa to bat, but their formidable top order, including Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock, left Sri Lanka’s bowlers struggling. Both de Kock and van der Dussen scored centuries, with Markram’s remarkable performance stealing the show. His explosive 106 off just 54 balls set a new World Cup record, surpassing the previous record held by Kevin O’Brien.

     In response to South Africa’s monumental total, Sri Lanka faced an uphill battle. Kusal Mendis showed promise with a blistering 76 off 42 balls, including eight sixes. However, South Africa’s bowlers remained relentless, preventing any substantial partnerships from forming. Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka tried to mount a comeback with their respective fifties, but it was not enough to bridge the gap.

     South Africa’s historic batting performance and Sri Lanka’s inability to maintain momentum in the face of the required run rate ultimately sealed the game’s fate. The match concluded with South Africa winning by a commanding margin of 102 runs, leaving Sri Lanka to rue their missed opportunities throughout the game.

Over by Over Detail

     Runs: 5 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 1

     South Africa (SA) makes a steady start with 5 runs in the first over. Kasun Rajitha delivers the first ball, a length ball in the middle. de Kock defends it confidently, with a hint of shape. De Kock adds one by flicking a delivery on the pads. Rajitha overpitches outside off, and Bavuma strikes for FOUR through point.

     Runs: 18 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 2

     South Africa (SA) is 18/1 after 2 overs. Dilshan Madushanka takes the ball from the opposite end. De Kock attempts a pull on the first short ball but gets two runs, narrowly clearing mid-on. Bavuma seizes an opportunity with a backfoot cut, earning FOUR through point. Madushanka delivers a sharp ball, leading to a LOUD SHOUT and the umpire raises the finger for Bavuma’s lbw. South Africa reviews, but it’s just clipping the leg-stump. Bavuma departs for 8 (2×4). Rassie van der Dussen joins, quickly striking FOUR by clipping one down leg for another boundary. A quicker delivery to van der Dussen leads to a nervy inside-edge, guiding the ball to the fine-leg fence for FOUR more.

     Runs: 27 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 3

     South Africa (SA) reaches 27/1 after 3 overs. Kasun Rajitha delivers back-to-back deliveries outside off-stump, and de Kock capitalizes with consecutive FOURs to the deep extra cover fence. A slower delivery on the leg side allows de Kock to flick it for a single to square-leg.

     Runs: 29 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 4

     South Africa (SA) accumulates 29/1 after 4 overs. Dilshan Madushanka goes short and wide, allowing de Kock to guide the ball to deep third for a single. Madushanka tries to restrict van der Dussen, who taps one to cover for a single. Madushanka delivers a length ball outside off, but de Kock leaves it untouched.

     Runs: 29 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 5

     South Africa (SA) remains at 29/1 after 5 overs. Kasun Rajitha maintains a low ball, enticing van der Dussen to the off-stump channel. Van der Dussen plays a straighter delivery, pushing it towards cover. It’s a maiden over for Rajitha.

     Runs: 31 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 6

     South Africa (SA) reaches 31/1 after 6 overs. Madushanka overpitches, and de Kock’s drive doesn’t clear the off-side field. They manage a couple of singles in the following deliveries.

Runs: 34 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 7

     South Africa (SA) totals 34/1 after 7 overs. A close call as Rajitha nearly squares up van der Dussen with a ball that straightens from a fuller length. Rajitha then delivers a slightly short ball, allowing van der Dussen to clip it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

     Runs: 36 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 8

     South Africa (SA) holds steady at 36/1 after 8 overs. Madushanka delivers one across the line, and van der Dussen skillfully drives the ball through cover for three runs. Madushanka maintains his impressive lengths throughout the over, yielding just two runs.

     Runs: 45 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 9

     South Africa (SA) advances to 45/1 after 9 overs. Dasun Shanaka comes in for Rajitha. Shanaka’s delivery is hit by de Kock, who slams it over mid-wicket for a SIX. A slower ball on length follows, and de Kock pushes it to mid-on, picking up a single.

     Runs: 48 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 10

     South Africa (SA) reaches 48/1 after 10 overs. Madushanka maintains the attack. He cramps up de Kock and then delivers a slower bouncer, which ends up being too high and called a wide. De Kock grabs a single, and Rassie follows up with a quick push and a charge to mid-off.

     Runs: 64 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 11

     South Africa (SA) crosses 64/1 after 11 overs. Dhananjaya de Silva takes over from Shanaka. The fifty is reached by South Africa with a single through extra cover from de Kock. A loose delivery outside off-stump tempts van der Dussen, who confidently steps out to send the ball over long-off for a SIX. De Silva comes around the wicket and finds a thick outside-edge that trickles down to third man for FOUR. Van der Dussen adds FOUR more by finding the deep extra cover fence with a simple push.

Runs: 67 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 12

South Africa (SA) stands at 67/1 after 12 overs. Matheesha Pathirana bowls his first over with de Kock on strike. The first delivery shapes back in at off stump, resulting in an inside edge to fine leg. Van der Dussen clips the next ball to square leg. De Kock adds another single, this time to deep point. Van der Dussen attempts a drive on a delivery outside off but is denied by the short cover fielder. Pathirana ends the over with a bouncer.

Runs: 75 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 13

South Africa (SA) reaches 75/1 after 13 overs. De Silva bowls to de Kock, who starts with a drive to deep cover for a single. Van der Dussen taps one to the vacant point region and quickly grabs a single. De Kock executes a square drive on a delivery outside and secures a couple. De Silva delivers the fifth ball flat, and de Kock defends it. De Kock finishes the over with a FOUR using a reverse sweep, angling the ball into him and piercing the gap between backward point and third man, accumulating eight runs in the over.

Runs: 80 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 14

South Africa (SA) stands at 80/1 after 14 overs. Pathirana continues. Van der Dussen attempts to clip a good length ball but is early into his shot, resulting in no run. A FOUR follows as the delivery angles down leg, and van der Dussen helps it on its way to the fine leg fence. The fourth delivery is wide, and van der Dussen cuts it for a single run. A bouncer to de Kock forces him to get out of the way. The over ends with another bouncer, and de Kock tries to pull but misses.

Runs: 84 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 15

South Africa (SA) moves to 84/1 after 15 overs. Dasun Shanaka returns for his second over. Van der Dussen works the ball on the on-side for a single. De Kock attempts a slash but can’t beat the short cover fielder. The third delivery is driven to mid-off for a single. Van der Dussen clips a delivery on his pads to deep square leg for another single. De Kock unleashes a pull on a bouncer, but the timing is not quite there, resulting in only a single to deep square leg.

Runs: 91 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 16

South Africa (SA) reaches 91/1 after 16 overs. Pathirana bowls to de Kock. The bowler attempts another bouncer but goes wide, resulting in an extra run for SA. De Kock seizes an opportunity and smashes the ball past mid-off for a FOUR. He drives the next ball to deep cover for a single. Van der Dussen chases a wide delivery, gets a touch on it, but the cover fielder stops it. Pathirana delivers a slower bouncer. The final delivery is run down to third man for one run.

Runs: 97 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 17

South Africa (SA) stands at 97/1 after 17 overs. Shanaka continues. Van der Dussen taps the ball to mid-on for a single. De Kock punches it to deep cover for another single. A full delivery on the pads allows van der Dussen to place it to fine leg for a run. De Kock receives a half volley but his pull shot goes straight to a fielder, resulting in one run. Van der Dussen shuffles across and flicks a good length ball behind square. He looks for two but is denied by his partner. The final delivery yields one run to third man.

Runs: 105 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 18

South Africa (SA) moves to 105/1 after 18 overs. Pathirana bowls to de Kock, who defends a delivery on the stumps. A bit of width allows de Kock to drive to deep cover for a single. A perfectly timed shot results in a FOUR as van der Dussen pushes at a full-length ball, beating mid-off and reaching the boundary. This also marks his fifty. A wide follows, and Van der Dussen cuts to deep point for a single. The over concludes with one run to mid-on.

Van der Dussen Fifty

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Runs: 111 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 19

South Africa (SA) reaches 111/1 after 19 overs. Shanaka delivers his fourth over. De Kock grabs two runs off the first delivery, then adds a single. Van der Dussen receives a bouncer and pulls it to deep square for just one run. De Kock uses soft hands to work the ball on the on-side, picking up a single. Van der Dussen drives to deep cover for another single.

Runs: 118 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 20

South Africa (SA) stands at 118/1 after 20 overs. Dunith Wellalage bowls his first over. Van der Dussen goes back in his crease and punches to deep point for one run. De Kock gets a leading edge, but it finds a gap at cover point, and he takes a single. Van der Dussen rocks back and pulls the delivery over mid-wicket for a FOUR that bounces once and goes over the rope. The over concludes with a single to long off.

Runs: 121 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 21

South Africa (SA) reaches 121/1 after 21 overs. De Silva returns to the attack. Van der Dussen starts with a single. De Kock faces the first delivery and blocks it. A wide from De Silva adds a run to SA’s score. A full delivery prompts de Kock to drive, but it’s miscued. However, it has enough to beat the infield and allow a single.

Runs: 127 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 22

South Africa (SA) moves to 127/1 after 22 overs. Wellalage bowls to de Kock, who chases a delivery outside off and is beaten. De Kock reaches his FIFTY by using the reverse sweep, failing to find the fence but taking a run to reach the half-century. Van der Dussen steps out to an overpitched delivery and hits it wide of mid-on for a FOUR. The final delivery is punched to deep cover for a single run.

De Kock reaches his FIFTY

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Runs: 139 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 23

South Africa (SA) advances to 139/1 after 23 overs. De Silva bowls to van der Dussen. There’s a chance as the ball holds up after pitching, and van der Dussen’s pull gets a leading edge, but it falls inches short of a diving cover fielder. He gets off strike on the next delivery. De Kock then plays a shot inside out over cover to collect a FOUR. He follows it up with a SIX as he steps out and smacks the ball over long-on. The final delivery yields a single.

Runs: 144 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 24

South Africa (SA) reaches 144/1 after 24 overs. Wellalage delivers his third over. De Kock makes room and slashes the ball wide of the deep cover fielder for FOUR runs. He then clips the next delivery on the on-side for a single. The remaining four deliveries in the over result in dots, concluding the over.

Runs: 158 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 25

South Africa (SA) moves to 158/1 after 25 overs. Kasun Rajitha returns to the attack. De Kock flicks the first delivery to deep square leg for one run. Van der Dussen then hits a FOUR as Rajitha delivers a full-length ball, and van der Dussen leans into the drive, sending it wide of mid-off. He guides the fourth delivery to third man, picking up one run. De Kock continues the run flow with FOUR more as he walks down a couple of steps and lofts it over mid-on. Another boundary follows as the ball goes down leg, and de Kock swings his bat to beat the fine leg fielder in the circle.

Runs: 159 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 26

South Africa (SA) reaches 159/1 after 26 overs. Wellalage bowls to van der Dussen, starting with two dot balls. Van der Dussen tries to step out, but Wellalage pulls his length back, preventing any run. There’s a chance on the fifth delivery as van der Dussen attempts a reverse sweep, but it goes up in the air. The point fielder gets a hand to it but cannot collect it. Pathum Nissanka makes a one-handed effort, and one run is taken.

Runs: 168 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 27

South Africa (SA) advances to 168/1 after 27 overs. Kasun Rajitha bowls his sixth over. Van der Dussen secures a FOUR by getting on top of a short delivery and hooking it to the fine leg boundary. The final delivery is sent to deep cover for a single, resulting in nine runs from the over.

Runs: 182 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 28

South Africa (SA) reaches 182/1 after 28 overs. Wellalage bowls to van der Dussen, who delicately reverse sweeps a full delivery to pick up FOUR runs. He follows it up with a single to the point region. De Kock contributes with a reverse sweep, adding FOUR more runs. De Kock continues the run flow with FOUR MORE as he gets to the pitch of the delivery and places it between long-on and deep mid-wicket. This over yields 14 runs in total.

Runs: 196 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 29

South Africa (SA) moves to 196/1 after 29 overs. Pathirana bowls his fifth over. There’s a mix-up between van der Dussen and de Kock, but the point fielder aims at the striker’s end instead of the non-striker’s end. On a direct hit, de Kock could have been out. Five wides follow. De Kock then smashes a SIX over fine leg as Pathirana misses his line. Another wide is conceded. The over concludes with two singles.

Runs: 206 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 30

South Africa (SA) reaches 206/1 after 30 overs. Wellalage bowls to van der Dussen, who attempts a reverse sweep but doesn’t get the desired result this time. However, he follows it up with a FOUR as he goes for the reverse again, popping it in the air but clearing the infield and running to the fence. This boundary takes him into the nineties. Van der Dussen then smashes a massive SIX as he reads the short length early, goes back into his crease, and pulls it over cow corner.

Runs: 215 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 31

South Africa (SA) reaches 215/2 after 31 overs. Pathirana bowls his sixth over. De Kock secures a FOUR by guiding a delivery in the block but wide of off to run it down to third man. This boundary also marks the 200-partnership for the South African duo.

HUNDRED FOR DE KOCK! He reaches his century in just 83 deliveries. However, he departs immediately after, as he slices his pull shot, and the mid-on fielder tracks back to take the catch. De Kock is dismissed for 100 (84).

Aiden Markram is the new batsman and is offered a wide delivery, getting off the mark with a single. The over concludes with a bouncer.

Runs: 219 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 32

South Africa (SA) totals 219/2 after 32 overs. Wellalage bowls to Markram, starting the over with two dot balls as Markram defends. On the third delivery, Markram cuts the ball wide of deep cover and takes two runs. A wide delivery contributes an extra run to the SA total. Four runs are scored in the over.

Runs: 225 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 33

South Africa (SA) advances to 225/2 after 33 overs. Dasun Shanaka returns to the attack. Markram drives to long-on for one run. Van der Dussen tries to work the ball to third man but finds the point fielder. He gets a single on the next ball, moving to 97. The over concludes with a FOUR as Markram goes aerial with his drive, clearing the infield.

Runs: 239 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 34

South Africa (SA) reaches 239/2 after 34 overs. Madushanka returns to the attack. Van der Dussen picks up a run with a punch to deep cover. Markram then joins the party with a FOUR as he reads a slower delivery and sends it straight down the ground. He follows it up with FOUR MORE, the first shot to the left of the stump and this one flying down the right, marking the third boundary of the over. A wayward bouncer down the leg side prompts Markram to give it the treatment with a hook down to fine leg, contributing to a total of 14 runs from the over.

Runs: 245 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 35

South Africa (SA) moves to 245/2 after 35 overs. Shanaka continues. HUNDRED FOR VAN DER DUSSEN! He reaches his century with a full toss that he taps down to long off. The over yields six runs, all in singles.

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Runs: 257 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 36

South Africa (SA) stands at 257/2 after 36 overs. Wellalage delivers his eighth over. Markram drives to long off for one run. Van der Dussen steps out, but Wellalage fires it wide, resulting in a single to deep cover. Markram punches to long on for another run. Van der Dussen plays a FOUR with a paddle scoop to collect a boundary. He follows it up with a single to long off. The over concludes with a FOUR as Markram uses the width to cut and hit the boundary at deep point.

Runs: 264 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 37

South Africa (SA) reaches 264/2 after 37 overs. Pathirana bowls to van der Dussen, who looks for a big heave but miscues, resulting in no run. He gets a single on the next delivery. A FOUR follows as van der Dussen gently lofts the ball over mid-off. Markram continues to impress, getting a single to long-off. The last delivery is fired into the block hole, but the batters pick a leg bye by the time the short fine leg fields it. This partnership between Markram and van der Dussen also marks a fifty.

Runs: 267 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 38

South Africa (SA) stands at 267/3 after 38 overs. Wellalage continues. OUT! Van der Dussen departs as he steps down and looks to tonk it over long-on but loses his grip, offering a catch to the fielder in the deep. Van der Dussen is dismissed for 108 (110).

Heinrich Klaasen joins the middle, getting off the mark with a cut to deep cover. Markram adds another run with a drive to deep cover. Klaasen finishes the over with a single. Just three runs from the over and a wicket.

Runs: 272 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 39

South Africa (SA) reaches 272/3 after 39 overs. Rajitha returns to the attack. Klaasen punches the first delivery to long off for one run. A slower full toss, but Markram prefers to tap it down the ground and takes just one. Klaasen pulls to deep mid-wicket to grab a single. Markram punches to deep cover for another run. Klaasen receives a full toss, and he hits it straight back at the bowler. Rajitha gets a hand to it, allowing only a single. Five runs are scored in the over.

Runs: 291 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 40

South Africa (SA) moves to 291/3 after 40 overs. Wellalage delivers his final over. There’s a chance as Klaasen looks to take on and lofts it on the on-side, but it reaches the long-on fielder on one bounce. Markram plays a FOUR by late cutting past short third man to pick up a boundary. Klaasen follows it up with a SIX as he gets one in the slot and parks it over deep mid-wicket. He repeats the same feat with SIX MORE, same line, same length, and the same result. It seems the umpires have called for a new ball as the one in the stands is lost. A wide from Wellalage contributes to a total of 19 runs from the over.

Runs: 303 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 41

South Africa (SA) reaches 303/3 after 41 overs. Rajitha continues, with Markram on strike. Overpitched, and the batter drives it to long off for one run. DROPPED! Klaasen hits a shot right back at the bowler, but Rajitha cannot hold onto it. The ball was hit with force, and the bowler did not really have a chance.

Klaasen follows it up with a FOUR as he finds the fence behind square. He then smashes a SIX as the ball lands in the slot, and Klaasen swings his bat at it, sending it over long off. South Africa reaches 300 with that shot. There’s a swing and a miss from Klaasen next. The over concludes with one run.

Runs: 316 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 42

South Africa (SA) advances to 316/3 after 42 overs. Madushanka delivers his seventh over. FOUR! Markram gets to his fifty with a full delivery, slapping it through cover point. He then showcases a reverse scoop, using the full length, turning, and caressing the ball over short third.

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Runs: 342 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 43

South Africa (SA) stands at 342/3 after 43 overs. Pathirana bowls to Klaasen, who punches the ball to deep cover to pick up a single. FOUR! Markram hits a full delivery from Pathirana right back down the middle. The over then yields 5 WIDES as Pathirana struggles with his line and length, contributing to the mounting run rate.

Markram continues to capitalize, hitting FOUR MORE with a half-volley that’s wide of off, lofting it over cover. He follows it up with a SIX as he hooks a short ball on his midriff over fine leg. That’s a whopping 26 runs from the over, and South Africa’s batting is taking control.

Runs: 353 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 44

South Africa (SA) reaches 353/4 after 44 overs. Rajitha is back into the attack, and Klaasen is on strike. WICKET! Rajitha changes pace, and Klaasen gets a heave off his toe end, caught at long-on. Klaasen departs after scoring 32 runs from 20 balls.

David Miller enters the crease and taps the ball to point, setting off for a single. There’s a direct hit at the non-striker’s end, but he comfortably reaches home. Markram then slices the ball to deep point for one run. David Miller adds another single. SIX! Markram reads a slower one and sends it over long-on. The over concludes with one run to deep cover, with Markram retaining strike.

Runs: 362 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 45

South Africa (SA) reaches 362/4 after 45 overs. Pathirana delivers his ninth over. The over starts with two singles from the first two deliveries. Miller adds one run with a drive to deep cover, and Markram punches the ball to the off side for another run. The over concludes with a FOUR as Markram executes a square drive through cover point. He is now in the nineties.

Runs: 376 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 46

South Africa (SA) advances to 376/4 after 46 overs. Madushanka bowls to Miller, and the over starts with a dot ball as Miller’s cut is blocked by the point fielder. Miller misses a full toss but settles for one leg bye. Markram then slices the ball over point, but there’s another fielder in the deep to field it. An overthrow allows a double. The over concludes with a FOUR as Markram slaps a wide delivery through covers. SIX! That’s his hundred, the fastest in World Cups. What an innings by Markram! He picks a single off the last delivery.

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Runs: 383 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 47

South Africa (SA) stands at 383/4 after 47 overs. Pathirana delivers his final over. The over starts with a double from Markram, who works the ball onto the on side with soft hands and gets back home in time. He looks to loft the next ball over covers but sends it to long off for a single. Miller drives a full-length delivery to deep cover for two runs. The over concludes with two more singles, adding seven runs in total.

Runs: 396 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 48

South Africa (SA) reaches 396/5 after 48 overs. Madushanka bowls to Markram. OUT! A full toss, and Markram hits it straight into the hands of Rajitha at long off. Markram departs after a fantastic innings of 106 runs from 54 balls.

Marco Jansen comes in at No. 7. He drives the ball to long on for a single. There’s a NO BALL! Miller guides the ball to the deep point fence. A FREE HIT is coming up. Miller packs this over-pitched delivery with a punch down the ground for FOUR. A single follows, sent to deep point. Jansen gets a full toss, and it’s hit to deep point, allowing the pair to pick a couple. The over concludes with a dot ball.

Runs: 419 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 49

South Africa (SA) reaches an impressive total of 419/5 after 49 overs. Rajitha delivers his final over. SIX! Miller gets the length he needs to free his arms, and he tonks it over deep mid-wicket. With that shot, South Africa reaches the 400-run mark. A single is taken down to long off on the next ball. Jansen clips a full-length delivery to square leg for one run. A wide from Rajitha adds to South Africa’s score.

SIX! Miller lofts the ball over cover for a maximum. And another SIX! from Jansen as he goes aerial on an over-pitched ball, sending it sailing over the sight screen. With this run-scoring flurry, South Africa sets the record for the highest total in an ODI World Cup.

Runs: 428 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 50

South Africa (SA) concludes their innings with a formidable total of 428/5 after 50 overs. The final over is bowled by Madushanka. It begins with a dot ball, followed by a wide down the leg side. FOUR! Miller capitalizes on a wide delivery at a length, slapping it over point for a boundary. He misses a cut on the next ball but settles for a single.

The following delivery is right into the block hole, and Jansen gets an inside edge to send it to deep square. Miller taps the next ball down the ground for one run, and Jansen ends the innings with a single to long off.

Today’s match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium has witnessed a plethora of records being set.

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka
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South Africa has made a resounding statement at the World Cup, amassing a colossal total! In response to being put in to bat, their skipper, Temba Bavuma, started with some elegant boundaries but was dismissed early in the innings. Rassie van der Dussen, batting at number 3, took his time to settle, as did Quinton de Kock. As the innings progressed, both batsmen gained confidence and made the most of loose deliveries. De Kock and van der Dussen remained in control throughout their centuries.

The showstopper was Aiden Markram, who unleashed a barrage of boundaries and achieved a century in a blistering 49 balls, setting a new record for the fastest century in ODI World Cup history. David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen also joined the run-fest, contributing to an extraordinary batting display by South Africa.

Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, their bowling effort proved to be disappointing. Dilshan Madushanka made an early breakthrough by dismissing South African skipper Temba Bavuma. Meanwhile, Kasun Rajitha maintained control from the other end with tight lines and lengths. However, in the middle phase, the Sri Lankan spinners and pacers faced a daunting challenge, with the South African batsmen capitalizing on loose deliveries. Sri Lanka’s cause wasn’t helped by missed opportunities in the field.

When the situation seemed dire, Matheesha Pathirana removed Quinton de Kock from the crease, and seven overs later, Dunith Wellalage sent Rassie van der Dussen packing. Having dismissed both well-set batsmen, Sri Lanka saw a glimmer of hope, but they had no answers to the brilliance of Aiden Markram. Towards the end, a slow over-rate penalty further hampered their chances of finishing strongly with the ball.

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka
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Rassie van der Dussen shares his thoughts on their remarkable batting performance, highlighting that it was an ideal outing for the team with the bat. He mentions the early swing they had to contend with but emphasizes their hard work during the middle overs. Van der Dussen also applauds Quinton de Kock’s exceptional batting and acknowledges the contributions of David Miller and Aiden Markram.

He humbly attributes their success to playing according to the conditions and doesn’t make predictions about achieving more 400+ scores. Van der Dussen recognizes David Miller, Aiden Markram, and Heinrich Klaasen as the team’s best hitters, crediting them for their standout performance.

He concludes by noting that while they’ve excelled in batting, the job is only halfway done, and he believes their bowlers have picked up valuable lessons to execute their plans and secure the victory.

South Africa has posted an enormous total on the scoreboard, with three of their batters reaching the three-figure mark. For Sri Lanka to emerge victorious, they will need a similarly extraordinary batting performance. Can they accomplish the improbable? The answer awaits as we return shortly to witness their chase.

History Made in World Cup

Remarkably, this match marks the first instance in a World Cup game where three centuries have been notched up in a single innings. Such an occurrence has only taken place on four occasions in the history of One Day Internationals. A truly historic moment in the world of cricket.

Top Scoring Innings in ODI World Cups

  1. South Africa’s Record-Breaking 428/5 vs Sri Lanka – Delhi 2023

  2. Australia’s Dominant 417/7 vs Afghanistan – Perth 2015

  3. India’s Commanding 413/5 vs Bermuda – Port of Spain 2007

  4. South Africa’s 411/4 vs Ireland – Canberra 2015

  5. South Africa’s Impressive 408/5 vs West Indies – Sydney 2015

Quickfire Centuries in ODI World Cups

  1. Aiden Markram’s Lightning Century in 49 Balls

  2. Kevin O’Brien’s Swift Century in 50 Balls

  3. Glenn Maxwell’s Rapid Century in 51 Balls

  4. AB de Villiers’ Speedy Century in 52 Balls

  5. Eoin Morgan’s Express Century in 57 Balls

Sri Lanka Commences Their Challenging Run Chase Describing Sri Lanka’s challenge as an uphill battle would be an understatement; they are facing the highest run chase in World Cup history.

At the opening of their innings, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera step onto the field, carrying the crucial responsibility of setting a flying start for their team.

Runs: 1/0 | Wickets: 0 | Overs: 1

Sri Lanka (SL) starts their innings cautiously, scoring 1/0 after 1 over. Lungi Ngidi opens the bowling for South Africa. Nissanka is on strike.

The over begins with an angled delivery that rises on Nissanka, resulting in a dot ball. The second ball thuds into Nissanka’s thigh pad, and he manages a leg bye. Perera miscues the drive on the third ball, and it goes to the covers on one bounce.

There’s an appeal on the fourth ball as Ngidi nips the ball back in, catching Perera on the pads. However, the appeal is turned down, as the ball pitched outside the leg stump. The over concludes with Perera being beaten by a delivery that leaves away from the left-hander.

Runs: 2/1 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 2

Sri Lanka (SL) is at 2/1 after 2 overs. Marco Jansen is bowling from the other end. Nissanka is on strike.

WICKET! Jansen strikes on the first ball of his over. The delivery pitches and jags back in, leaving Nissanka neither forward nor back. The ball goes between his bat and pad to rattle the bails. Nissanka is dismissed for 0 (3).

Kusal Mendis was dismissed first ball. Again, a delivery that moved back in. The umpire initially gave him leg before wicket, but a review showed that the ball was going over the stumps. A bouncer is bowled in the over as well. Mendis gets off the mark by clipping it to deep square for a single.

Runs: 12/1 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 3

Sri Lanka (SL) advances to 12/1 after 3 overs. Lungi Ngidi continues to bowl for South Africa. Mendis is now on strike.

The over begins with a FOUR as Mendis plays a sublime straight drive to a full delivery. He then attempts a cut on the next ball but finds the point fielder. The third ball is driven to mid-off for no run. However, Mendis finds the boundary once again with a well-executed on-drive, marking his second FOUR of the over.

The fourth delivery moves away from Mendis, and he wisely leaves it alone. A single is taken on the last ball to retain strike.

Runs: 19/1 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 4

Sri Lanka (SL) scores 19/1 after 4 overs. Marco Jansen is now bowling for South Africa, and Mendis is on strike.

The over begins with a SIX from Mendis as he capitalizes on a wide delivery at a good length and dispatches it over extra cover. The next ball is driven for a single to add to his tally.

uns: 37/1 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 5

Sri Lanka (SL) moves to 37/1 after 5 overs. Lungi Ngidi continues to bowl for South Africa, and Mendis is on strike.

The over begins with a dot ball, and then it turns into a SIX! Mendis swats a delivery that’s on his pads, sending it soaring over fine leg. The fireworks continue as Mendis hits SIX MORE on a short ball and pulls it away for another maximum. This makes it three sixes from the over, with Mendis utilizing his bottom hand to send it into the stands over fine leg.

Runs: 54/1 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 6

Sri Lanka (SL) reaches 54/1 after 6 overs. Marco Jansen continues to bowl for South Africa, and Perera is on strike.

The over begins with a dot ball. On the second delivery, the ball hits the pad and runs to the square leg region, resulting in a leg bye.

Mendis continues to display his aggressive batting, hitting a SIX as he shuffles across and lifts the ball over third man. He follows it up with a FOUR, pulling the ball over mid-wicket. The fireworks continue with SIX MORE on a short delivery that Mendis dispatches in a flash. This fifty comes for Mendis in just 25 balls, showcasing his explosive form.

Runs: 58/1 | Wickets: 1 | Overs: 7

Sri Lanka (SL) reaches 58/1 after 7 overs. Kagiso Rabada is brought into the attack. Perera is on strike.

Perera survives a scare as he gets a leading edge that goes up into the night sky. Both Bavuma and Miller attempt to field the ball, but a lack of communication results in the ball landing safely, and Perera is dropped.

Mendis manages to get a soft edge to third man for a single. Perera then punches through mid-off, and a misfield from Bavuma allows them to take a second run.

Runs: 71/2 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 8

Sri Lanka (SL) moves to 71/2 after 8 overs. Marco Jansen continues to bowl for South Africa, and Mendis is on strike.

Mendis starts the over with a well-timed shot, reading the slower delivery and clipping it between mid-wicket and mid-on for a FOUR. He follows it up with a pull on the short delivery, but there is now cover for that shot, resulting in just one run.

Perera attempts a swing but misses the ball. He then manages to connect with a shot, pulling a short delivery over mid-wicket for a FOUR, boosting his confidence.

However, Perera’s innings comes to an end as he gets bowled, stuck in the crease as the ball comes into him and hits the off stump.

Kusal Perera is bowled for 7 (15 balls).

Sadeera Samarawickrama, the new batsman, starts with a boundary, clipping a delivery down to fine leg for a FOUR.

Runs: 87/2 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 9

Sri Lanka (SL) reaches 87/2 after 9 overs. Kagiso Rabada continues to bowl for South Africa, and Mendis is on strike.

Mendis continues to showcase his aggressive batting style, hitting two consecutive SIXES in the over. The first six sees him moving inside the line of a short ball and hooking it for a six over fine leg. He follows it up with another six, capitalizing on a short delivery with a quick pull shot that sends the ball over the rope.

This explosive batting from Mendis yields 16 runs in the over. Sri Lanka is looking to accelerate its run rate.

Runs: 94/2 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 10

PowerPlay 1 comes to a close with Sri Lanka (SL) at 94/2 after 10 overs. Keshav Maharaj takes over the bowling for South Africa, and Sadeera Samarawickrama is facing.

Samarawickrama manages to beat the outside edge of the delivery, turning it away to deceive the batsman.

Samarawickrama then joins the boundary-hitting party, smashing a SIX. The ball is at a good length, and he heaves it over the cow corner.

A single is taken to long off to wrap up the over. Sri Lanka is putting up a strong batting performance as they conclude the PowerPlay.

Runs: 98/2 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 11

Kagiso Rabada continues his spell for South Africa, and Sadeera Samarawickrama is on strike for Sri Lanka.

Sadeera manages to get his back leg in line with the delivery, which hits the toe of the bat and runs down to third man, resulting in a single.

Kusal Mendis has a bit of a half-hearted leave, and the ball takes the toe of the bat and runs down to third man.

The next two deliveries see both batsmen picking up singles. Rabada ends the over with a bouncer, keeping the Sri Lankan batsmen on their toes.

Runs: 107/2 | Wickets: 2 | Overs: 12

Keshav Maharaj, the South African spinner, remains in the attack. Kusal Mendis takes a full delivery and guides it to long on for a single.

Sadeera Samarawickrama steps out of his crease, creating room for himself, and plays a delightful inside-out shot over the cover region, earning four runs. With that boundary, Sri Lanka’s total reaches 100.

Sadeera follows up with another boundary, scoring four more runs off the final delivery of the over. This productive over adds nine runs to Sri Lanka’s total.

Runs: 111/3 | Wickets: 3 | Overs: 13

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada continues to trouble the Sri Lankan batsmen. Kusal Mendis plays a well-timed punch through the cover region off Rabada’s delivery. However, Aiden Markram’s agile fielding effort prevents a boundary, limiting the shot to just one run.

But then, disaster strikes for Sri Lanka as Mendis is dismissed. He attempts to cut a delivery without the necessary room, resulting in a thick edge that is easily caught by South African wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen behind the stumps. Mendis departs after a stellar innings of 76 runs from just 42 balls.

New batsman Charith Asalanka faces Rabada and scores his first run by clipping a delivery off his pads to fine leg. Sadeera Samarawickrama completes the over with a single, adding one run to Sri Lanka’s total.

Runs: 116/4 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 14

Gerald Coetzee takes the ball, and in his first over, he delivers a significant blow to the Sri Lankan side. Sadeera Samarawickrama tries to flick a ball on the leg side but closes the face of the bat too early, resulting in a leading edge. South African fielder Marco Jansen comes charging in from mid-on and makes an excellent diving catch, dismissing Sadeera for 23 runs from 19 deliveries.

Dhananjaya de Silva is the new batsman and manages to score a run for Sri Lanka with a pull shot to deep mid-wicket. An extra wide from Coetzee adds another run to Sri Lanka’s score. The pair of de Silva and Asalanka collect two runs with a well-placed shot to deep mid-wicket.

South Africa is building up the pressure on Sri Lanka with the introduction of new bowlers and quick wickets.

Runs: 120/4 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 15

Charith Asalanka strikes a boundary with a well-executed pull shot in Kagiso Rabada’s over. This shot adds four valuable runs to Sri Lanka’s total. Six runs are scored in the over in total.

Sri Lanka is working to rebuild its innings after losing key wickets, and they need a solid partnership to set a competitive target for South Africa. South Africa, on the other hand, will be eager to continue taking wickets and keep the pressure on.

Runs: 121/4 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 16

Charith Asalanka manages to score just a single in Gerald Coetzee’s over. Coetzee keeps it tight with accurate lines and lengths, making it difficult for Sri Lanka to find gaps or boundaries.

Sri Lanka will be looking to build a partnership and accelerate their run rate in the coming overs, while South Africa aims to continue putting pressure on the Sri Lankan batsmen.

Runs: 123/4 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 17

Keshav Maharaj bowls a tight over, giving away only a single run. The Sri Lankan batsmen are struggling to find boundaries, and South Africa’s bowlers are maintaining a disciplined line and length. Sri Lanka needs to find a way to accelerate the scoring rate in the remaining overs.

Runs: 134/4 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 18

Charith Asalanka hits a six to provide some momentum to Sri Lanka’s innings. They need to keep scoring at a brisk rate to set a competitive total. South Africa’s bowlers are still looking for wickets to keep the pressure on.

Runs: 139/4 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 19

Dhananjaya de Silva is finding the boundary for Sri Lanka, and they are slowly building a partnership. South Africa’s bowlers are trying to break through and restrict the scoring, but the Sri Lankan batsmen are holding their own.

Runs: 150/4 | Wickets: 4 | Overs: 20

Sri Lanka is maintaining a good run rate, and their batsmen are playing some attacking shots to keep the scoreboard ticking. South Africa is trying to find a breakthrough as they aim to put more pressure on the Sri Lankan batting order.

Wicket: SL 154/5 in 21 overs | Target: 430

South Africa manages to get another wicket as Dhananjaya de Silva departs after a decent contribution. Sri Lanka needs to rebuild and continue to chase a massive target.

Score Update: SL 162/5 in 22 overs | Target: 430

Sri Lanka is trying to rebuild its innings after losing wickets but is mainly dealing in singles. The required run rate has climbed significantly, and it’s a steep challenge to chase down the huge target set by South Africa.

Score Update: SL 155/5 in 23 overs | Target: 430

Sri Lanka’s batsmen are struggling to find boundaries as South Africa maintains pressure with some economical bowling. Sri Lanka faces an uphill battle to chase down the massive target.

Score Update: SL 174/5 in 24 overs | Target: 430

Sri Lanka is putting up a fight and playing some good shots, but they have a massive target to chase, and the required run rate continues to rise. South Africa will be looking to pick up wickets to maintain control over the game.

Score Update: SL 176/5 in 25 overs | Target: 430

Sri Lanka is struggling to find boundaries at the moment, and South Africa’s bowlers are maintaining the pressure. The required run rate keeps climbing, making it a challenging chase for Sri Lanka.

Score Update: SL 179/5 in 26 overs | Target: 430

Sri Lanka is in a difficult position, and they need to make the most of any opportunities, like that dropped catch, to stay in the game. The required run rate is still very high, and they’ll need a substantial partnership to have any chance of victory.

Score Update: SL 186/5 in 27 overs | Target: 430

Charith Asalanka’s half-century is a bright spot for Sri Lanka, but the required run rate is still quite daunting. They need to keep building partnerships and accelerate their scoring to have a chance in this game.

Runs: 196 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 28

In the 28th over, a slower ball is flicked by Asalanka, but it goes airborne. Phehlukwayo drops the catch at the fine leg boundary, and the ball falls just within the fence. A comical piece of fielding results in a boundary.

Runs: 201 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 29

Rabada makes his return but begins with a no-ball. Asalanka strikes the free hit straight to the square-leg fielder. Sri Lanka’s total crosses 200, and the partnership between Shanaka and Asalanka reaches fifty runs.

Runs: 214 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 30

Jansen delivers a length ball, and Asalanka launches it over long-on for a SIX, then takes a single. Shanaka encounters a well-directed bouncer and manages to top-edge it over fine-leg for another SIX.

Runs: 226 | Wickets: 5 | Overs: 31

In the 31st over, Rabada bowled a bumper, and Asalanka elegantly flicked it behind square for a FOUR. Rabada followed up with a slower bouncer, and Asalanka smashed it in front of square for another FOUR, followed by a single.

Runs: 232 | Wickets: 6 | Overs: 32

In the 32nd over, Ngidi bowled a straight delivery, leading to Asalanka playing it back to the bowler. Shanaka found an opportunity when Ngidi delivered a short and wide ball, slicing it through backward point for a FOUR. A short delivery again, and Shanaka pulled it to deep mid-wicket for a single. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, Asalanka’s fine knock came to an end as he mistimed a slower-ball outside off-stump and was caught by sub Reeza Hendricks in the deep.

WICKET: Charith Asalanka c sub (RR Hendricks) b Ngidi 79 (65b 8×4 4×6).

Runs: 235 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 33

In the 33rd over, Coetzee delivered a cross-seamer on length, and Wellalage edged it to the keeper, resulting in his dismissal. Sri Lanka’s situation is deteriorating. Kasun Rajitha, batting at number 9, managed to get an outside-edge down to third for a single.

WICKET: Dunith Wellalage c †de Kock b Coetzee 0 (1b).

Runs: 238 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 34

In the 34th over, Ngidi displayed variation in his pace, and the batters focused on taking singles.

Runs: 244 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 35

Rajitha and Shanaka intelligently placed the ball around the field, picking up ones and twos in Coetzee’s over. The boundaries have become scarce, and Sri Lanka’s chances are diminishing. The over yielded six runs.

Runs: 246 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 36

In the 36th over, Ngidi tried a couple of off-cutters, almost deceiving Rajitha, who managed to get toe-edges on them, sending the ball towards the keeper. Only two runs were scored in the over.

Runs: 269 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 37

Coetzee continued to bowl in the 37th over. Shanaka managed a SIX, albeit off the top edge, which sailed over the keeper’s head. He followed it up with a FOUR, lofting a full delivery over mid-on. Shanaka continued his onslaught with another FOUR, slicing a wider delivery but still finding the fence. The Lankan captain was relentless with yet another FOUR, driving it down the ground past the fielder. Shanaka reached his 50 in style. The over concluded with a single, amassing an impressive 23 runs from those six deliveries.

Runs: 273 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 38

In the 38th over, Shanaka faced Maharaj. He started with a dot ball as Shanaka’s late cut found a fielder. Shanaka then punched the ball to deep point for a single. A wide delivery followed. Rajitha’s shot to long off flew through the air, and despite Maharaj’s dive, he couldn’t reach it. There was a leg before wicket (LBW) appeal as Rajitha missed a flick, but it appeared to be going down leg. South Africa decided to review, and Hawk-eye confirmed that the ball was indeed missing the stumps. The over produced four runs.

Runs: 276 | Wickets: 7 | Overs: 39

In the 39th over, Shanaka faced Jansen. He attempted to heave the ball on the on-side, but the shot was miscued, and the ball went down the ground. Two more singles were added during the over.

Runs: 291 | Wickets: 8 | Overs: 40

In the 40th over, Maharaj’s delivery was welcomed with a massive SIX by Shanaka, who made room and pulled it over long-on. The over included 5 WIDES, as South Africa struggled with their line. Shanaka managed FOUR more with an inside edge, as Coetzee gave chase but couldn’t reach the ball. However, the over ended with Shanaka getting bowled, as the ball stayed low.

WICKET: Dasun Shanaka b Maharaj 68 (62)

Matheesha Pathirana came in to bat at No. 10.

Runs: 303 | Wickets: 8 | Overs: 41

In the 41st over, Jansen bowled to Rajitha. Rajitha managed to score FOUR runs by lofting the ball over covers. Two dot balls followed. Rajitha continued his aggressive approach, pulling a bouncer to send it over mid-off for FOUR MORE. He concluded the over with another pull shot, ending it with a boundary.

Runs: 307 | Wickets: 8 | Overs: 42

In the 42nd over bowled by Coetzee, four runs were scored. Pathirana managed to get the ball to the point region with an edge, contributing to those runs.

Runs: 320 | Wickets: 8 | Overs: 43

In the 43rd over, Jansen began with a WIDE. Rajitha lofted the ball over mid-off, resulting in a boundary for FOUR runs. He continued his attacking approach with a powerful SIX, more of a swat than a pull, even completing a 180-degree spin after the shot. The over yielded a total of 13 runs

Runs: 326 | Wickets: 9 | Overs: 44

In the 44th over, Rajitha managed a single by punching the ball down to long off. Pathirana got off strike with an edge to third man. However, Rajitha’s aggressive approach led to his downfall as he was caught at deep mid-wicket, resulting in his dismissal.

WICKET: Kasun Rajitha c Markram b Coetzee 33 (31)

Dilshan Madushanka got off the mark with a FOUR, getting an edge that flew over point.

Runs: 326 | Wickets: 10 | Overs: 44.4

Kagiso Rabada returned to the attack and delivered the decisive blow. He bowled out the stumps of Pathirana, bringing an end to the Sri Lankan innings.

WICKET: Matheesha Pathirana b Rabada 5 (16)

Sri Lanka’s innings concluded with a total of 326 runs, and they lost all their wickets.

South Africa vs. Sri Lanka
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South Africa vs. Sri Lanka
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Result: South Africa wins by 102 runs

South Africa secured a significant victory, which will bolster its net run rate. While the outcome was hardly in question after the dismissal of Dasun Shanaka, South Africa might have expected a larger margin. This win leaves room for reflection until their next match.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will need to analyze what went wrong with their bowling in the first innings. Their batting also fell short, but it was their performance in the first innings that proved to be the turning point.

South Africa has initiated their World Cup campaign in a remarkable manner! They convincingly defeated Sri Lanka by a substantial 102-run margin, although they had the potential to seal the victory even earlier. The Sri Lankan team put up a valiant effort but fell short of producing the extraordinary performance they needed.

Despite losing both openers early, Sri Lanka made an aggressive start with Kusal Mendis smashing sixes and punishing the pacers. He quickly reached a counter-attacking half-century in just 25 balls, creating hope for a competitive match. However, after building a promising partnership with Sadeera Samarawickrama, they both fell in quick succession, forcing Sri Lanka to rebuild. Charith Asalanka’s gritty 79 off 65 balls provided hope, but the lack of support from the other end and a rising required run rate led to his dismissal. The Sri Lankan batsmen missed opportunities provided by their opponents. Nevertheless, their captain showed resilience towards the end, securing another gritty fifty, and Kasun Rajitha played a rapid cameo. Despite this late surge, Sri Lanka only managed to cross the 300-run mark, reducing the margin of defeat, but ultimately falling short by 102 runs.

South Africa can take satisfaction in their bowling performance, but their fielding was below par, which is unusual for them. They need to work on this aspect, especially because they managed to escape with a win thanks to their substantial total to defend.

Marco Jansen made a significant impact by removing Pathum Nissanka on his very first delivery. Despite a strong onslaught from Kusal Mendis, Jansen played a crucial role again by dismissing Kusal Perera. Kagiso Rabada’s dismissal of Mendis just after the Powerplay was a pivotal moment, evident in the celebrations. Keshav Maharaj bowled impressively during the middle overs, maintaining control over the runs and taking a wicket. Gerald Coetzee also contributed with a couple of wickets.

Charith Asalanka proved to be a challenge, but Lungi Ngidi’s dismissal of him put South Africa in a strong position. Maharaj then managed to dismiss the Sri Lankan captain. Although the Lankan tail offered resistance, Coetzee and Rabada eventually sealed the victory for South Africa.

In the earlier part of the game, South Africa, after being asked to bat first, achieved the highest-ever total in ODI World Cup history. This incredible feat was achieved through the twin centuries of Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen, as well as Aiden Markram’s fastest-ever ODI World Cup century. David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen showcased their power-hitting abilities. While bowling for Sri Lanka, Dilshan Madushanka managed to pick up two wickets, and Kasun Rajitha, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dunith Wellalage each contributed with one wicket.

In response, Sri Lanka made good use of the pitch, but their batsmen could only manage three fifties. This was in contrast to the three centuries scored by their South African opponents, which ultimately made the difference in the game.

Aiden Markram is awarded the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his remarkable century, the fastest in ODI World Cup history. He expresses his joy at the win and gives credit to Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen for laying the foundation, enabling the middle-order batsmen to shine. Markram is thrilled with his performance and mentions his clear understanding of his role, assessing the situation and playing accordingly. He emphasizes the team’s commitment to playing positive and smart cricket. Markram expresses gratitude for his recent form and highlights the importance of backing the right options once you understand the pitch. He concludes by saying the wicket played well, and he’s pleased to be on the winning side of the result.

Dasun Shanaka, the captain of Sri Lanka, acknowledges that he expected a high-scoring game. He believes that the execution from their bowlers was not up to the mark and that it cost them. Shanaka had expected South Africa to score over 350 in these conditions, and if they had limited them to around 370, they might have had a chance. He applauds Charith Asalanka for his batting and highlights the momentum they had while he was at the crease. However, chasing an additional 20-30 runs proved to be challenging. Shanaka expresses disappointment over the absence of their main bowlers but commends the young players who stepped up. He’s also pleased with the intent shown in their batting. He concludes by mentioning that they will learn from this experience and aim to improve in the upcoming games.

Temba Bavuma, the winning captain of South Africa, expresses his satisfaction with the result. He mentions that when a team scores 400, it’s challenging to find many faults in the batting department. He adds that the bowling was not entirely clinical, but different individuals made strong comebacks.

Bavuma wanted to field initially, and it turned out to be a fortunate decision. He believes that batting became easier under the lights, allowing the batters to make good use of the pace. There was a perception of variable bounce on the pitch.

Bavuma credits Kusal Mendis for putting their bowlers under pressure and feels that they need to adapt to the conditions and explore their spin options. He also notes that their next game will be in Lucknow, where conditions will be different. He concludes by confirming that Quinton de Kock is doing fine.

That’s a wrap for this high-scoring encounter, where numerous records were shattered, and South Africa emerged victorious, securing two points. Sri Lanka will need to regroup and perform better in their upcoming matches. Our attention now shifts to the highly anticipated clash between the hosts, India, and five-time champion Australia. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 pm IST (8.30 am GMT) on 8th October, Sunday. Join us early for all the pre-game buildup. Until then, cheers and goodbye!

Match 4, ICC Cricket World Cup, 2023, Oct 07, 2023
Match Ended
428/5 (50.0)
326/10 (44.5)
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
South Africa Beat Sri Lanka by 102 Runs
106 (54)

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