In the ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 2023 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, the Proteas set the cricketing world ablaze with a spectacular display of batting prowess.

Opting to bat first after Sri Lanka won the toss at the Arun Jaitley International Stadium, South Africa initially stumbled, losing their first wicket for a mere 10 runs in 1.4 overs. However, what followed was a breathtaking batting spectacle.

Quinton de Kock’s maiden World Cup ton

Quinton de Kock, the dynamic South African opener, spearheaded the resurgence with a scintillating performance. He blazed his way to a maiden World Cup century, amassing 100 runs from just 84 deliveries. De Kock’s sensational innings was adorned with 12 fours and three sixes, showcasing his aggressive yet elegant style of play. This remarkable achievement marked his 18th ODI hundred, propelling him past the legendary Jacques Kallis to become South Africa’s fourth-highest century-maker in One Day Internationals. Notably, de Kock had announced his retirement from ODI cricket after the tournament, making this century a poignant moment in his career.

Rassie van der Dussen’s stellar fifth ODI century

Joining forces with de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen contributed significantly to South Africa’s resurgence. He notched up his fifth century in a remarkable fashion, taking 103 balls to reach the milestone. Van der Dussen’s innings was punctuated with 12 fours and two sixes, a testament to his batting prowess. Moreover, this partnership between de Kock and van der Dussen etched a special place in World Cup history by marking the 199th and 200th centuries in the prestigious fifty-over World Cup’s illustrious history.

Aiden Markram’s record-breaking hundred

The Proteas’ batting extravaganza did not end there. Aiden Markram, entering the fray at number five, delivered a performance for the ages. He blazed his way to a blistering century in a mere 49 balls, shattering the previous record held by Ireland‘s Kevin O’Brien for the fastest ODI World Cup hundred, achieved in the 2011 edition. Markram’s explosive innings left fans and cricket enthusiasts in awe of his remarkable talent and ability to dominate on the world stage.

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South Africa’s record feat

The Proteas also achieved a historic milestone by breaking the record for the highest score in World Cup history. The Proteas’ relentless pursuit of runs began with de Kock and Van der Dussen, who set the stage for this remarkable achievement by taking their team past the 200-run mark in just 30 overs.

As they departed, Markram and David Miller continued the onslaught, ensuring that South Africa remained firmly in contention to break the record, especially against an injury-hit Sri Lanka side. With impeccable stroke play and unwavering determination, South Africa reached a staggering 428/5 in their allotted 50 overs. This monumental achievement saw them surpass Australia‘s eight-year-old record, solidifying their place in World Cup history as they etched their name in the record books.

Fan Reactions

The exceptional batting display by De Kock, Van der Dussen and Markram ignited a flurry of reactions on social media platforms. Fans from around the globe hailed their heroics and celebrated the Proteas’ batting prowess, making this match a memorable spectacle in the annals of cricket history.

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