ODI World Cup 2023

‘Aise kon harata hai’ – Fans react as South Africa defeat Sri Lanka by 102 runs in fourth match of ODI World Cup 2023

The fourth match of the ODI World Cup 2023 saw South Africa registering a brilliant victory of 102 runs against the Sri Lankan team.

The fourth match of the ODI World Cup 2023 saw South Africa registering a brilliant victory of 102 runs against the Sri Lankan team. After winning the toss the Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka opted to bat bowl first. In a record-breaking display South Africa amassed the highest-ever World Cup total of 428 after choosing to bat. Sri Lanka’s decision to bowl first proved disastrous as the Proteas’ top order dominated.

The top order of South Africa made Lankan bowling lineup, struggle to their range hitting. After the early dismissal of Temba Bavuma, Quinton De Kock and Rassie van der Dussen built a formidable partnership of 204, both scoring centuries with 100 and 108 runs, respectively. De Kock’s aggressive innings included 12 fours and three sixes, while Dussen hit 13 fours and two sixes.

Aiden Markram continued the onslaught, achieving the fastest-ever century in any World Cup in just 49 deliveries. The remaining batsmen, including Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, and Marco Jansen, contributed to the formidable total, leaving Sri Lanka with a monumental challenge to overcome. This was also the highest score in the history of World Cup.

South Africa win against Sri Lanka
South Africa win against Sri Lanka (Source: Twitter)


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Sri Lanka needed a humongous 429 runs to win

In quest for the record-breaking score, the Sri Lankan team did not have the ideal start as the opener Pathum Nissanka (0) was bowled on the third ball of the innings by Marco Jansen. But when it looked like Sri Lanka would have difficulty in chasing down the target, Kusal Mendis (76) came in. The elegant right-hand batter showed his class as he smashed the South African bowlers all around the park.

Mendis also went on to complete his half-century in just 25 deliveries. But once he got out run made looked difficult for the Sri Lankan batters. Charith Asalanka (79) and skipper Shanaka (68) provided some stability to the chase with well-stitched partnership of 82 runs. But as it was a chase for the Sri Lankan team throughout their batting innings, they lost Asalanka against the run of play. He was dismissed to a slower one from Lungi Ngidi. Shanaka then tried to break his shackle with some big shot but was dismissed by an arm ball from Keshav Maharaj.

The Sri Lankan lower order showed some fight in order to minimize the impact but were bundled out for 326 runs in 44.5 runs. With this massive win, the South Africa team have jumped to second spot on the points table.

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