Markram’s Blistering Century
South Africa’s number four batsman, Aiden Markram, etched his name in the annals of cricket history by smashing a century off just 49 balls, including a massive six off Dilshan Madushanka to reach the milestone.
Fastest Century in Cricket World Cup
Markram’s lightning-fast century surpassed the previous record for the quickest hundred in a Cricket World Cup match. The earlier record was held by Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, who achieved the feat against England in 2011, off 50 deliveries.
South Africa Sets New World Cup Total Record
South Africa’s colossal total of 428/5 established a new benchmark for the highest-ever total in a Men’s Cricket World Cup. The previous record was 417/6, set by Australia against Afghanistan in Perth in 2015.
Triple Century for South Africa
Markram’s spectacular century added to Sri Lanka’s woes, who had already witnessed two South African batsmen reaching the three-figure mark. Quinton de Kock was the first to reach the milestone, scoring 100 off 84 balls, followed by Rassie van der Dussen who scored 108 off 110 balls.
Historic Hat-Trick of Tons
The trio of centuries marked the first instance in Men’s Cricket World Cup history, equalling the record for the most centuries in a men’s ODI innings. This remarkable feat has been accomplished only four times before, with England in 2022 and South Africa twice in 2015.
Markram’s Explosive Innings
Markram’s explosive innings ended with a score of 106 off 54 balls, including three sixes and 14 fours, boasting a strike rate of 196. His extraordinary performance propelled South Africa past the 400-run mark for the first time in this tournament, and only the fifth time in Men’s Cricket World Cup history.