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ICC WC PIX: SA crush plucky Sri Lanka for opening win

Last updated on: October 07, 2023 23:08 IST
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IMAGES from the ICC World Cup match played between South Africa and Sri Lanka in New Delhi on Saturday.

Gerald Coetzee celebrates the wicket of Dunith Wellalage

IMAGE: Gerald Coetzee celebrates the wicket of Dunith Wellalage. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

A rampant South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by 102 runs in New Delhi on Saturday to begin their World Cup campaign with a huge win, after setting the record for the highest total by any team in the history of the competition.

 

Aiden Markram (106 off 54 balls) smashed a century off 49 balls to create the record of fastest ton in World Cups, while Quinton de Kock (100) and Rassie van der Dussen (108) crossed triple figures, as the Proteas made 428/5.

In reply, Kusal Mendis dazzled at the top with a rapid 76, Charith Asalanka top scored with 79 in the middle-order and Dasun Shanaka found form to hit 68.

But the target was way beyond Sri Lanka, who did well to make 326 in 44.5 overs, keeping South Africa on the park for as long as they could.

Charith Asalanka scored his maiden World Cup 50

IMAGE: Charith Asalanka scored his maiden World Cup 50. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

The contest ended with the distinction of featuring most runs scored in a World Cup game -- 754 runs were scored at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

After Marco Jansen (2/92) cleaned up Pathum Nissanka (0) in the second over, Mendis unleashed a flurry of spectacular sixes on both sides of the wicket to provide Sri Lanka with the early impetus.

With South African pacers spraying their deliveries on his pads, Mendis dispatched each of them far into the stands to raise a 25-ball fifty.

The senior Sri Lanka batter seemed to be waging a lone battle as Kusal Perera (7) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (23) failed to match their partner in his endeavour.

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma and Aiden Markram celebrate a wicket

IMAGE: South Africa captain Temba Bavuma and Aiden Markram celebrate a wicket. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

In the absence of any support from the other end, Mendis fell after a 42-ball blitz that saw him hit eight sixes and four boundaries for his 76 runs.

He tried cutting a delivery from Kagiso Rabada (2/50) too close to the body and was caught behind.

Samarawickrama followed Mendis soon, chipping one towards midwicket with Jansen moving quickly in front to take a clean catch, off Gerald Coetzee (3/68).

Asalanka also took a bit of time to settle in, but to his credit, recovered well to hit four sixes and eight fours to make 79 off 65 balls, as by then, it had become abundantly clear that Sri Lanka were only looking to reduce the margin of defeat.

Kusal Mendis went on a rampage and scored a 50 off just 25 balls 

IMAGE: Kusal Mendis went on a rampage and scored a 50 off just 25 balls. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

While Dhananjaya de Silva perished for 11, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka failed to get a move on for a large part of his innings.

But Shanaka too hit his straps, smoking a six and five fours on the trot off Coetzee to bring up his fifty.

Shanaka's innings ended when Keshav Maharaj (2/62) cleaned him up for 68 off 62 balls (6x4s, 3x6s).

Towards the end, Kasun Rajitha swung his bat to a good effect, getting 33 from 31 balls (4x4s, 1x6s).

South Africa's Aiden Markram celebrates after reaching his century, the fastest ODI World Cup hundred, off 49 balls

IMAGE: South Africa's Aiden Markram celebrates after reaching his century, the fastest ODI World Cup hundred, off 49 balls. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

Aiden Markram smashed the fastest World Cup century off just 49 balls, while Quinton De Kock and Rassie van der Dussen also made punishing hundreds as South Africa sounded early warning with a mammoth 428/5 against Sri Lanka in their World Cup match in New Delhi on Saturday.

De Kock (100 off 84 balls), Dussen (108 off 110 balls) and Markram (106 off 54 balls) went on a rampage to power South Africa past the highest World Cup total ever -- Australia's 417/7 against Afghanistan in the 2015 edition.

After De Kock and Van der Dussen set the platform for a massive score with their second-wicket stand with 204 runs, Markram applied a brutal coup de grace to pulverise Sri Lanka.

Russie van der Dussen is pumped after getting to his century

IMAGE: Russie van der Dussen is pumped after getting to his century. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

All three South African centurions -- De Kock, Van der Dussen and Markram -- also recorded their maiden World Cup hundreds.

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

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

Quinton de Kock is ecstatic on completing his century

Making the most of a favourable pitch against a depleted and erring Sri Lankan bowling line-up, South African batters motored on at a high scoring rate in the middle-overs to wrest control.

An early 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, came together a mere 10 balls into the contest, were separated only after putting their team in a commanding position with the fourth highest ever partnership for any wicket for South Africa in the World Cup.

Russie van der Dussen ups the momentum

IMAGE: Russie van der Dussen ups the momentum. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

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

On the other hand, Van der Dussen celebrated his 50th ODI with a fifth ton of the career, cracking 13 fours and two sixes in the process.

Markram began with two cracking straight drives for four off Madushanka and brought out every conventional stroke in his book to break the record set by Ireland's Kevin O'Brien (50 balls for 100) in 2011.

Quinton de Kock smashes Kasun Rajitha to the boundary

IMAGE: Quinton de Kock smashes Kasun Rajitha to the boundary. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

Van der Dussen survived a close chance on 65 when a mistimed hit fell very close to Sadeera Samarawickrama, who, placed at short midwicket, responded tad late and missed the catch.

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

Dunith Wellalage bowled five straight dots to the right-handed Van der Dussen in the 26th over which forced the batter to try breaking the trend.

Dilshan Madhushanka celebrates after dismissing Temba Bavuma 

IMAGE: Dilshan Madhushanka celebrates after dismissing Temba Bavuma. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

An attempted reverse-sweep sent the ball flying close to Pathum Nissanka, who put in a dive to his right but his one-handed effort had the ball popping out of his hand.

Quinton de Kock and Russie van der Dussen put on a marathon 204-run stand

IMAGE: Quinton de Kock and Russie van der Dussen put on a marathon 204-run stand. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

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

However, De Kock fell right after completing the milestone, getting a top edge on a short ball off Pathirana in the 31st over and Van der Dussen also did not push on much after his century.

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