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SL vs SA: Aiden Markram smashes fastest ODI World Cup hundred, boosts South Africa to highest total ever

Aiden Markram smashed a 49-ball century against Sri Lanka to boost South Africa to a huge total in their opening ICC World Cup 2023 match. Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock also smashed centuries to help South Africa dominate Sri Lankan bowlers in Delhi.

Written By: Sumeet Kavthale @sumeetkavthale New Delhi Updated on: October 07, 2023 19:23 IST
Aiden Markram vs Sri Lanka in World Cup on Oct 7, 2023
Image Source : GETTY Aiden Markram vs Sri Lanka in World Cup on Oct 7, 2023

Aiden Makram scripted history as he smashed the fastest hundred in the ICC ODI World Cup history on Saturday, October 7. Markram recorded a 49-ball century against Sri Lanka in South Africa's opening World Cup 2023 match to shatter Kevin O'Brien's 50-ball hundred record achieved during the 2011 edition in India.

Markram scored 106 runs off just 54 balls with the help of 14 fours and three sixes to boost South Africa to a mammoth total at Delhi's Arun Jaitley Stadium. Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen also recorded brilliant centuries to tear apart Sri Lanka's bowling attack.

Fastest ODI World Cup hundreds:

  1. Aiden Markram - 49 balls in 2023
  2. Kevin O'Brien - 50 balls in 2011
  3. Glenn Maxwell - 51 balls in 2015
  4. AB de Villiers - 52 balls in 2015
  5. Eoin Morgan - 57 balls in 2019

Markram departed after scoring 106 runs off 54 balls but David Miller managed to finish high for South Africa. Miller smashed 39* runs off just 21 balls to help South Africa score a total of 428 for 5 in 50 overs, the highest total in World Cup history. Australia previously held the record for the highest World Cup total when they smashed 417 runs against Afghanistan during the 2015 edition.

Highest totals in ODI World Cup history:

  • South Africa - 428/5 vs Sri Lanka in 2023
  • Australia - 417/6 vs Afghanistan in 2015
  • India - 413/5 vs Bermuda in 2007
  • South Africa - 411/4 vs Ireland in 2015
  • South Africa - 408/5 vs West Indies in 2015

Sri Lanka Playing XI: Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha

South Africa Playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada

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