New Delhi, October 7, 2023: In a cricketing spectacle at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, South Africa orchestrated a dazzling performance, posting a jaw-dropping total of 428/5 against Sri Lanka in their ICC World Cup encounter on Saturday. The Proteas’ dominance continued as they subsequently bowled out the Islanders for 326, securing a commanding victory by 102 runs.
The fireworks commenced with opener Aiden Markram’s explosive innings, scripting World Cup history by notching the fastest century in just 49 balls. Markram’s onslaught, culminating in a brilliant 125, set the stage for an imposing exhibition from the Proteas’ batting arsenal.
Quinton de Kock (102) and Rassie van der Dussen (104) followed suit, crafting centuries that propelled South Africa to their highest-ever World Cup total. David Miller’s unbeaten 69 off 40 balls added the finishing touches, propelling the Proteas to an imposing 428/5 in their allotted 50 overs.
In response, Sri Lanka found themselves struggling to mount a serious challenge. While Kusal Mendis (56) and Dhananjaya de Silva (67) showed resilience with half-centuries, the rest of the Sri Lankan batting lineup faltered. South Africa’s bowlers, led by Kagiso Rabada (3/50) and Anrich Nortje (2/60), showcased discipline and accuracy, dismantling the opposition.
The culmination saw Sri Lanka bundled out for 326 in 44.5 overs, handing South Africa a comfortable victory. Aiden Markram rightfully earned the Player of the Match accolade for his spectacular innings.
South Africa’s triumph marked their second consecutive win in the World Cup, positioning them strongly for a spot in the semi-finals. In contrast, Sri Lanka faces the imperative need for a swift rebound to keep their aspirations of a last-four berth alive.
South Africa: 428/5 in 50 overs (Aiden Markram 125, Quinton de Kock 102, Rassie van der Dussen 104, David Miller 69*)
Sri Lanka: 326 in 44.5 overs (Kusal Mendis 56, Dhananjaya de Silva 67; Kagiso Rabada 3/50, Anrich Nortje 2/60)
Result: South Africa won by 102 runs
Player of the Match: Aiden Markram