World Cup 2023   Record-breaking South Africa beat Sri Lanka

South Africa achieved record-breaking score of 428 in the first innings against Sri Lanka in the Men’s Cricket World Cup.

– Despite losing their captain early, South Africa posted the highest team total in the history of the tournament. – Three South African players, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram, achieved centuries. – Aiden Markram set a new record for the fastest ODI World Cup century.

– Sri Lanka made a valiant effort in their chase but fell short of the mammoth target. – Kusal Mendis scored an impressive 76, Charith Asalanka contributed 79, and Dasun Shanaka added 68.

– South Africa's total of 428/5 set a new record for the highest team total in an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. – Markram's century was particularly notable, achieved in just 49 deliveries. – South Africa's aggressive batting left Sri Lanka with a challenging target in their reply. – Sri Lanka faced difficulties early in their innings, losing opener Pathum Nissanka without scoring.

– Kusal Mendis displayed exceptional play, scoring a quick 76 off 42 balls with eight maximums and four fours. – Despite Mendis's impressive performance, Kagiso Rabada's wicket effectively sealed the game for South Africa. – Charith Asalanka's lively 79 and contributions from others kept Sri Lanka competitive. – Sri Lanka's final score was 326, falling 102 runs short of the target set by South Africa.

– Sri Lanka's decision to field first initially seemed advantageous, but South Africa's strong batting performance turned the tide. – Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen played pivotal roles in South Africa's formidable total. – Both players reached their half-centuries, setting the stage for South Africa's aggressive second half of the innings.