Who Won? South Africa Vs Sri Lanka | 4th Match of World Cup 2023 – 7 Oct Match Performance, Scores Update

Yasoob Ul Haq

SA Vs SL Match 4

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka match held at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi on Oct 7, 2023. This was the 4th match of this World Cup 2023.

South Africa started their World Cup campaign with a strong win over Sri Lanka. They scored three centuries, including the fastest ever in a World Cup, and won by 102 runs.
Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, and Aiden Markram’s powerful batting skills proved to be the deciding factor. The South African team showed their strength and dominated the Sri Lankan team.

The playing XI of both teams is as follows;


Team South AfricaTeam Sri Lanka
Temba Bavuma (C)Dasun Shanaka (C)
Heinrich Klaasen (Wk)Kusal Mendis (Wk)
David MillerKusal Perera (Wk)
Quinton de Kock (Wk)Charith Asalanka
Rassie van der DussenDimuth Karunaratne
Reeza HendricksPathum Nissanka
Aiden MarkramSadeera Samarawickrama
Andile PhehlukwayoChamika Karunaratne
Marco JansenDhananjaya de Silva
Gerald CoetzeeDunith Wellalage
Kagiso RabadaDushan Hemantha

They also engraved a few records into the handle. Here are some important ones:

South Africa scored 428 runs in this match, which is the highest score ever in a World Cup match. This is also the highest at the Kotla Stadium.
This was the fourth time in an (ODI) cricket match, that a team had three players score a century for their side.
Markram scored a century in 49 balls, which was the fastest in World Cups. He is from South Africa and he beat Kevin O’Brien from Ireland.
The 107 runs scored in both innings is the highest ever in a World Cup match.
This was the highest score for a men’s ODI World Cup match. Surpassing the 714 runs in the 2019 match between Australia and Bangladesh in Nottingham.

SA Partnerhip

It was a bad day for the bowlers, as the game focused more on the hitters. Even though, the final result may seem like a tragic outcome for Sri Lanka. Undoubtedly, five of their bowlers conceded more than eight runs per over. While three of them even gave up nine or more runs. But the team that was doubted for their ability to score quickly proved themselves well in a very difficult chase.

Kusal Mendis started the chase by hitting the ball hard, scoring 76 runs in 42 balls. He scored fifty runs using 25 balls before any of his teammates could score a single run. Pathum Nissanka got out without scoring any runs and Kusal Perera also couldn’t score while Mendis played aggressively.

Simply, Sri Lanka hit nine sixes in the first 10 overs of their innings, which is the second-highest number of sixes in men’s (ODI) cricket. The West Indies hold the record for hitting ten sixes in their first ten overs against Britain in 2019.

But when his wicket fell, Sri Lanka’s already fewer chances became even bleaker. Charith Asalanka scored 79 runs off 65 balls and Dasun Shanaka scored 68 runs off 62 balls. They played well, but the goal was impossible to achieve at that point. Kasun Rajitha made a few unexpected hits, which might be important for the team to win, especially if the net run rate is important in the later stages of the competition.
Despite all odds, it was a remarkable day for the South African players, particularly Markram. He scored 106 runs off 54 balls, showing both aggression and control in his innings. You can describe it as a century that amazingly had a 90% success rate and a strike rate of 196. 29.

SL Batting

Dilshan Madushanka caught Temba Bavuma around the center and leg with a ball that curved in at a good distance. Additionally, the Sri Lankans were happy with the first 10 overs of the game because they only allowed the opposing team to score 48 runs. However, Sri Lanka tried to bowl accurately and restrict the runs, but de Kock and van der Dussen continued to score.

During their 174-ball partnership, it was easy for the players to hit boundaries without any difficulty. The deliveries were free and they managed to hit good shots more often, resulting in singles. It was a partnership that matured slowly and didn’t take many risks.

Simply, Sri Lanka didn’t get many good opportunities to score in the game. They had a few small chances, like a missed opportunity to catch the ball which was very close to the bat. That was pretty much in terms of their chances to score.

After a slow start in the first 10 overs, they would start scoring at a rate of seven runs per over in the next 10 overs. In overs 21-30, they scored 88 more runs. In the following 10 overs, they scored 85 runs. The final blow came in the last 10 overs, where they scored a remarkable 137 runs. This impressive innings resulted in a high score. Some wickets were lost due to mistakes, but after that, the team started to feel worried, with each player hitting the ball in a more destructive way than before.

No one played swing better than Markram, who arrived at the pitch with less than 20 overs remaining and continued to dominate the Sri Lankan attack.

Markram's Century

Three boundaries were hit by straight drives by Madushanka and Pathirana. However, the player saved his most destructive shots for Pathirana, hitting three boundaries and a six in a single over, earning 26 runs and finishing the match strongly. After scoring 50 runs in 34 deliveries, he only needed 15 more runs to reach his century.

Apart from the century makers, there were small appearances that would have been worthy of more recognition. Heinrich Klaasen had a great year as a hitter, scoring 36 runs in only 20 balls. David Miller was also fantastic, scoring 39 runs in just 21 balls. Marco Jansen stood out with his 12 runs off just 7 balls.

The batting show was extremely impressive, and it gave the impression that it could happen again. The South African team seems to be good at these kinds of performances.


South Africa Batting

Quinton de Kock 10084140123119.04
Temba Bavuma (c)85920160.00
Rassie van der Dussen 10811016113298.18
Aiden Markram 1065484143196.29
Heinrich Klaasen 32203013160.00
David Miller 39213632185.71
Marco Jansen 1271501171.42

Sri Lanka Bowling

Kasun Rajitha1019019.00248520
Dilshan Madushanka1008628.602512131
Dasun Shanaka603606.00101100
Dhananjaya de Silva403909.7594210
Matheesha Pathirana1009519.502210250
Dunith Wellalage1008118.102710320

Sri Lanka Batting

Pathum Nissanka 036000.00
Kusal Perera 715421046.66
Kusal Mendis 76425548180.95
Sadeera Samarawickrama 23192231121.05
Charith Asalanka 79658384121.53
Dhananjaya de Silva 1114281078.57
Dasun Shanaka (c)68628663109.67
Dunith Wellalage 012000.00
Kasun Rajitha 33315241106.45
Matheesha Pathirana 516251031.25
Dilshan Madushanka 42410200.00

South Africa Bowling

Lungi Ngidi814916.12303420
Marco Jansen1009229.203110630
Kagiso Rabada7.505026.38223221
Keshav Maharaj1006226.20336220
Gerald Coetzee906837.55267310

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