**ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Record-breaking Encounter: South Africa Creates History with Highest Total**

*Delhi, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Match 4*

In a historic encounter at Delhi, South Africa etched their name in the annals of ICC Cricket World Cup history by notching up the highest-ever score in the tournament, amassing a colossal 428 runs against Sri Lanka.

**South Africa’s Remarkable Batting Display:**

South Africa put on a breathtaking exhibition of power-hitting, accumulating a staggering 428 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. The standout performer of the innings was Aiden Markram, who played an exceptional innings of 106 runs from just 54 balls, featuring 14 boundaries and three towering sixes. Markram’s innings carried a blistering strike rate of 196.29, and he achieved the fastest century in ICC Cricket World Cup history, reaching the milestone in a mere 49 balls. This achievement shattered the previous record of Kevin O’Brien, who had scored a century in 50 balls against England in 2011.

South Africa also broke the record for the highest total in ODI Cup history, surpassing Australia’s previous record of 417/6 against Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Perth.

Quinton de Kock contributed significantly to South Africa’s monumental total, scoring a brilliant century with 100 runs off 84 balls, featuring 12 boundaries and three sixes, at a strike rate of 119.4. Rassie van der Dussen joined the century club, notching up 108 runs off 110 balls, with 13 fours and 2 sixes, at a strike rate of 98.18. Heinrich Klaasen played a quickfire cameo, scoring 32 runs from 20 balls, with three sixes, while David Miller added 39 runs from 21 balls, at an astonishing strike rate of 185.71. Marco Jansen contributed 12 runs off 7 balls to the cause.

**Sri Lankan Bowling Efforts:**

Dilshan Madushanka emerged as the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka, claiming 2 wickets while conceding 86 runs in his 10 overs, with an economy rate of 8.6. On the other hand, Dhananjaya de Silva proved to be the most expensive bowler for Sri Lanka, giving away 39 runs in just 4 overs, with an economy rate of 9.75. Dasun Shanaka, however, stood out as the most economical bowler for Sri Lanka, conceding only 36 runs in his 6 overs, with an economy rate of 6.

**A Historic First in ICC CWC: Three Centuries in a Single Innings**

This match will be remembered for a groundbreaking feat in ICC Cricket World Cup history, as it marked the first instance of three centuries being scored in a single innings in the tournament’s storied history. South Africa’s remarkable batting prowess left an indelible mark on this edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup, setting the stage for an enthralling competition ahead.

*Match Summary:*

*South Africa Innings:* 428/5 in 50 overs

*Top Performer:* Aiden Markram (106 runs)

*Key Bowler:* Dilshan Madushanka (2/86 in 10 overs)

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