In an electrifying Cricket World Cup 2023 opener held in New Delhi, South Africa sent shockwaves through the cricketing world by amassing an astonishing total of 428 for 5 in their 50 overs against Sri Lanka. This remarkable performance saw them establish new records and showcase their prowess with the bat.
South Africa shattered several records during their whirlwind innings, which began after Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to field on a scorching day in the Indian capital. Notably, they eclipsed the previous highest team total in a World Cup match, surpassing Australia’s 417 for 6 against Afghanistan in Perth back in 2015. South Africa’s achievement stood out as they exceeded this mark by a considerable margin, courtesy of a barrage of boundaries and sixes.
Blistering Batting Display
South Africa’s batters unleashed a relentless assault on the Sri Lankan bowling attack, hammering a total of 45 boundaries and 14 sixes. Dasun Shanaka, leading an injury-hit bowling unit, found himself at a loss as he struggled to contain the onslaught in Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.
Highest Totals in World Cups
- 428/5 – South Africa vs Sri Lanka in New Delhi in 2023
- 417/6 – Australia vs Afghanistan in Perth in 2015
- 413/5 – India vs Bermuda in Port of Spain in 2007
- 411/4 – South Africa vs Ireland in Canberra in 2015
- 408/5 – South Africa vs West Indies in Sydney in 2015
Aiden Markram’s Explosive Century
A standout performer for South Africa in this historic innings was Aiden Markram, who entered the crease during the 31st over and proceeded to achieve the fastest-ever hundred in a World Cup match. Markram’s century came off just 49 balls, breaking Kevin O’Brien’s record of 50 balls set in 2011 against England.
Fastest ODI World Cup Hundreds
- 49 – Aiden Markram vs Sri Lanka, Delhi in 2023
- 50 – Kevin O’Brien vs England, Bengaluru in 2011
- 51 – Glenn Maxwell vs Sri Lanka, Sydney in 2015
- 52 – AB de Villiers vs West Indies, Sydney in 2015
A Historic Feat
This astonishing innings also marked the first instance in a World Cup match where three batters from a single team scored centuries in a single innings. Such a feat had only occurred four times in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket, underscoring South Africa’s dominance and the exceptional performance by their top-order batsmen.
South Africa’s commanding start in the Cricket World Cup 2023 opener against Sri Lanka has set a formidable benchmark for the tournament, leaving fans and cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipating more thrilling encounters in this prestigious competition.