New Delhi. South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 102 runs in the fourth match of the ODI World Cup on Saturday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. In this match, South Africa, batting first, scored 428 for 5 wickets in 50 overs, thanks to the brilliant century innings of Quinton de Kock (100), Rashi van der Dussen (108) and Aiden Markram (106). Scored runs. In reply, Sri Lankan team was all out for 326 runs in 44.5 overs. 74 fours and 31 sixes were hit in this match.
The Sri Lankan team, which came to chase the target of 429 runs, had a bad start and Marco Jensen gave the first success to South Africa by bowling Pathum Nishanka at a total score of 1 run in the second over. After the early fall of the first wicket, Kusal Mendis took charge and hit shots all around the wicket, he completed his half-century with 6 sixes and 3 fours in just 25 balls, although wickets kept falling from the other end. Marco Jensen took his second wicket of the match by bowling Kusal Perera in the 8th over on a total score of 67.
Kagiso Rabada gave a big blow to Sri Lanka in the 13th over. Rabada gave the third blow to Sri Lanka by getting Kusal Mendis caught by Klaasen on the total score of 109. Mendis played a brilliant inning of 76 runs in 42 balls with the help of 4 fours and 8 sixes. Gerald Coetzee gave the fourth blow to Sri Lanka by dismissing Sadira Samarawickrama at a total score of 111 in the 14th over.
After this, Dhananjay de Silva and Charith Asalanka made a partnership of 39 runs in 41 balls for the fifth wicket, taking Sri Lanka to the score of 150 runs. On this score, Keshav Maharaj gave the fifth blow to Sri Lanka by dismissing De Silva. D’Silva scored 11 runs on 14 balls.
After De Silva’s dismissal, Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka made a partnership of 82 runs in 72 balls for the sixth wicket. During this period, Asalanka batted very well and fast, he was rapidly moving towards his century, when in the 32nd over, with the total score of 232 runs, the substitute player Reeza Hendricks took an excellent catch of Lungi Ngidi’s ball and sent him to the pavilion. Asalanka scored 79 runs in 65 balls with the help of 8 fours and 4 sixes. In the very next over, Coetzee gave the seventh blow to Sri Lanka by getting Dunith Vellalaghe caught by wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen. Vellalaghe could not even open an account.
Amidst falling wickets from one side, captain Shanaka first batted patiently and then changed his gear. He added 23 runs in Coetzee’s seventh and 37th over of the innings and completed his half-century. Shanaka hit one six and four fours in this over.
Shanaka targeted Keshav Maharaj in the 40th over and added 15 runs including five wides, but in the end Maharaj won. He gave the eighth blow to Sri Lanka by bowling Shanaka. Shanaka scored 68 runs in 62 balls with the help of 6 fours and three sixes. Shanaka made a partnership of 58 runs with Kasun Rajitha for the eighth wicket before being dismissed. Shanaka’s wicket fell at the total score of 291 runs.
After Shanaka was out, Rajitha started opening her hands and played some excellent shots. Especially in the 43rd over of the match, he hit one six and one four against Marco Jensen. However, his innings did not last long and in the 44th over, he was caught by Aiden Markram on the ball of Gerald Coetzee. Rajitha scored 33 runs in 31 balls with the help of 4 fours and 1 six. On the total score of 326 in the 45th over, Rabada bowled Mathisa Pathirana and ended the innings of the Sri Lankan team. Pathirana scored 5 runs.
For South Africa, Gerald Coetzee took 3 wickets, Marco Jensen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj took 2 wickets each and Lungi Ngidi took 1 wicket.
Earlier, thanks to the brilliant century innings of Quinton de Kock (100), Rashi van der Dussen (108) and Aiden Markram (106), South Africa, batting first, scored 428 runs for 5 wickets in 50 overs. South Africa made a series of records in this match. South Africa made the highest score in World Cup history, before this this record was in the name of Australia, Australia had made a record score of 417 runs against Afghanistan on 4 March 2015.
Apart from this, the South African team also made the highest score in ODI cricket here at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Earlier, the record of making the highest total score in this stadium was in the name of West Indies. West Indies scored 330 runs losing 8 wickets against Netherlands in February 2011. At the same time, Aiden Markram completed his century in 49 balls, which is the fastest century in the World Cup.
In this match, Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and decided to bowl first. South Africa had a bad start and in the very second over, captain Temba Bavuma was trapped LBW by Dilshan Madhushanka after scoring 8 runs.
After Bavuma’s dismissal, Quinton de Kock and Rashi van der Dussen took notice of the Sri Lankan bowlers and hit shots all around the ground. Both of them made a partnership of 204 runs for the second wicket. During this, De Kock completed his century. After completing his century, De Kock returned to the pavilion after being caught by Dhananjay de Silva on the ball of Mathisa Pathirana. De Kock scored 100 runs in 84 balls with the help of 12 fours and 3 sixes.
After this Dussen also completed his century, he along with Aiden Markram added 50 runs for the third wicket. Dusen’s brilliant innings came to an end by Dunit Vellalaghe dismissing Dusen at a total score of 264 in the 38th over. Dusen scored 108 runs in 110 balls with the help of 13 fours and 2 sixes.
After Dussen’s dismissal, Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen started scoring runs rapidly and quickly added 78 runs for the fourth wicket. Kasun Rajitha broke this partnership by dismissing Klaasen on the total score of 342 runs in the 44th over. Klaasen scored 32 runs in 20 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 1 four.
During this, Aiden Markram completed his century in 49 balls, which is the fastest century in the World Cup. Madhushanka ended Markram’s brilliant innings at a total score of 383 runs in the 48th over. Markram played an excellent inning of 106 runs in 54 balls with the help of 14 fours and 3 sixes.
David Miller remained unbeaten on 39 runs with the help of 3 fours and 2 sixes in 21 balls and Marco Jensen remained unbeaten on 12 runs with the help of 1 six in 7 balls. South Africa scored a huge score of 428 runs for 5 wickets in 50 overs.
For Sri Lanka, Dilshan Madhushanka took 2 wickets, Kasun Rajitha, Mathisa Pathirana and Dunith Vellalage took 1 wicket each.
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