South Africa set a record total of 428 for 5 in 50 overs against Sri Lanka in their Cricket World Cup 2023 opener on Saturday in New Delhi. Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, and Rassie van der Dussen all scored hundreds to help the Proteas demolish Sri Lanka’s bowling attack at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
South Africa set a slew of records during their frantic innings after Dasun Shanaka won the toss and chose to bat on a steamy day in the capital.
South Africa’s score of 417 for 6 against Afghanistan in Perth in 2015 was the highest in a World Cup match. South Africa surpassed the old standard by a wide margin as the sixes continued to fly.
South African batsmen struck 45 boundaries and 14 sixes as Dasun Shanaka seemed befuddled, unable to command his injury-plagued bowling attack in Delhi.
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 Bermunda 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
The greatest conceivable total was possible because three of their hitters appeared to be in complete command of the Sri Lankan bowling attack. Aiden Markram stood out, walking into the middle in the 31st over and then going on to achieve the fastest-ever World Cup century.
Markram reached his century in 49 balls, breaking Kevin O’Brien’s 2011 record of 50 balls 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
It was also the first occasion in a World Cup competition that three hitters from the same team scored hundreds in the same innings. It is only the fourth occurrence in ODI cricket.