South Africa, who were in excellent form, defeated Bangladesh in a one-sided fashion by 149 runs in the 23rd match of the World Cup 2023. After losing to the Netherlands, the African team has not made any mistakes in the last two matches. After defeating England by a big margin in the last match, now they have achieved a big victory over Bangladesh. The net run rate of the African team was quite good, but after these two wins, their net run rate has started touching the sky. At present, this team is at second place in the points table. So let us know how is the performance of South Africa in the World Cup 2023.
South Africa started its campaign in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 with a bang. On Saturday (7 October), South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 102 runs in the match played at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. South Africa scored 428 runs for five wickets. In reply, the Sri Lankan team was reduced to 326 runs in 44.5 overs.
Aiden Markram was the biggest hero of South Africa's victory in this match. Taking notice of the Sri Lankan bowlers, Markram scored a century in just 49 balls. This was the fastest century in the history of ODI Cricket World Cup. Markram broke the 12-year-old record of Ireland's Kevin O'Brien. O'Brien scored a century in just 50 balls against England in the 2011 World Cup. Markram scored 106 runs in 54 balls, which included 14 fours and three sixes.
South Africa defeated Australia by 134 runs in the 10th match of the World Cup 2023. Batting first after losing the toss, South Africa scored 311 runs losing seven wickets in 50 overs. Quinton de Kock played an inning of 109 runs in 106 balls with the help of eight fours and five sixes. Whereas, Aiden Markram scored 56 runs in 44 balls. In reply, the Australian team was reduced to 177 runs in 40.5 overs. Marnus Labuschagne scored the highest score of 46 runs. Whereas, Mitchell Starc scored 27 runs. Kagiso Rabada took three wickets, while Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi got two wickets each.
This is the second consecutive defeat of the five-time champion Australian team in this World Cup. In the first match he had to face defeat against India. At the same time, this is the second consecutive victory of the South African team. He defeated Sri Lanka in the first match. Quinton de Kock was adjudged player of the match for his century. This is also his last World Cup.
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Doing wonders first in batting and then in bowling, Netherlands created the second major upset of the World Cup 2023 by defeating South Africa by 38 runs in Dharamshala. After losing the toss, Netherlands came to bat first and scored 245 runs for 8 wickets on the board in 43 overs. For the team, captain Scott Edwards, playing at number seven, played an unbeaten inning of 78* runs in 69 balls, which included 10 fours and 1 six. Whereas in bowling, Logan Van Beek dismissed the maximum number of 3 African batsmen.
Chasing the target, the South African team was reduced to 207 runs in 42.5 overs. David Miller, who came at number six for the team, played the biggest inning of 43 (52 balls) with the help of 4 fours and 1 six. Apart from this, Keshav Maharaj, while batting for 9 wickets, scored 40 runs (37 balls) with the help of 5 fours and 1 six, but could not lead the team to victory.
Last time world champion England has suffered the biggest defeat in its ODI history. South Africa defeated England by 229 runs in the World Cup 2023. Batting first after losing the toss at the Wankhede Stadium, South Africa scored a huge score of 399 runs for seven wickets with the help of a stormy century by Heinrich Klaasen (109). This was South Africa's highest score against England in the World Cup. In reply, the England team could score only 170 runs at the loss of nine wickets in 22 overs. Reece Topley did not come to bat due to injury. Also, this is England's biggest defeat while chasing the target in the World Cup. Earlier, South Africa had defeated them by 122 runs in the 1999 World Cup.
South Africa has defeated Bangladesh by 149 runs. This is South Africa's fourth win in this tournament. With the victory in this match, the African team has come to second place in the points table. South Africa won the toss and batted first and scored 382 runs losing five wickets in 50 overs. In response, Bangladesh team could score only 233 runs in 46.4 overs and lost the match by 149 runs. Mahmudullah Riyad scored 111 runs for Bangladesh, but his innings could not help the team. For South Africa, Quinton de Kock scored 174 and Heinrich Klaasen scored 90 runs. Captain Markram contributed 60 runs.
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