South Africa extended their winning streak by securing a dominant 134-run win against Australia in Match 10 of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. This victory propels South Africa to the top of the table with two wins out of two matches, accumulating four points and an impressive net run rate of +2.360.
Following the decision to bat first, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock combined for a remarkable opening partnership of 108 runs. Although Bavuma was dismissed in the 20th over, De Kock continued his outstanding performance, eventually scoring a superb century with 109 runs from 106 balls, laying a strong foundation for South Africa.
Australia’s fielding performance was far from satisfactory. They missed several catches and offered multiple chances to the South African batsmen. Aiden Markram carried on his impressive form, scoring a quick 56 from 44 balls, contributing to South Africa’s total of 311/7.
Glenn Maxwell bowled well and claimed 2 wickets for 34 runs. In response, Australia struggled from the beginning, losing key batsmen early in the innings. Kagiso Rabada stood out with 3 wickets for 33 runs.
The Australian team eventually got bowled out for 177 in 40.5 overs. The one-sided match also witnessed a few significant records being broken. Here are three notable records from South Africa’s dominant win over Australia in Lucknow.
#3 Australia has experienced their first-ever streak of losing four consecutive Men’s ODI World Cup matches
Australia, who maintained an impressive unbeaten record in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup for 34 matches from 1999 to 2011, has now experienced a significant downturn in their storied history at the tournament.
In their history at the ODI World Cup, the five-time champions have never experienced four consecutive losses until now. This unfortunate streak includes their last two losses in the 2019 ODI World Cup against South Africa and England.
Their 2023 campaign began on a challenging note with a defeat against India in Chennai, and this trend continued as they faced another loss, this time to South Africa.
#2 De Kock is the second South African to hit two consecutive ODI World Cup centuries
In his final ODI World Cup, Quinton de Kock made a memorable impact with two consecutive centuries for South Africa. He’s currently the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 209 runs.
De Kock delivered a stunning century against Sri Lanka (100 off 84) and repeated his brilliant performance against Australia, scoring 109 runs off 106 balls. This achievement makes him only the second South African, following AB de Villiers in the 2011 edition, to score two consecutive ODI World Cup centuries.
Additionally, De Kock now shares the record for the second-most ODI World Cup centuries by a wicket-keeper, along with Brendon Taylor and AB de Villiers, each with two. Kumar Sangakkara holds the record with five ODI World Cup centuries as a wicket-keeper batsman.
#1 Australia faced their largest-ever defeat by runs in Men’s ODI World Cup history
Australia had a day to forget, suffering a humbling 134-run defeat against South Africa, only managing 177 runs in their chase of 312.
This marks Australia’s most significant loss in Men’s ODI World Cups in terms of the margin of runs left to win. Their previous largest defeat occurred when they were defeated by India by 118 runs at the 1983 ODI World Cup in Chelmsford.