The Proteas delivered yet another strong performance at the World Cup in India when they overwhelmed Bangladesh by 149 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.
Quinton de Kock – who was well on course to score South Africa’s first double century in this format of the game – together with Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller provided the necessary fireworks display and after 50 overs the South – Afrikaners boasted 382/5 on the scoreboard.
This is the fourth time this year that South Africa has piled up more than 380 runs in its one-day cricket matches.
On the individual front, Quinton de Kock’s innings of 174 runs is the second highest score ever by a Protea batsman at a World Cup tournament.
Only Gary Kirsten scored more runs than him when he played an unbeaten innings of 188 runs against the United Arab Emirates in 1996.
“If I have to be honest, I’m more tired than satisfied. However, it was a very good day on the cricket field and everyone did their part,” De Kock said after receiving his player of the match award.
He also sang Klaasen’s praises after the bowler impressed again with his blistering 90 runs from just 49 balls.
“Heinrich plays incredible cricket and delivers special performances for every dear team he plays for.”
South Africa will play in its next World Cup match against Pakistan in Chennai on Friday.
- Summary of the scorecard:
South Africa 382/5 in 50 overs: Quinton de Kock 174, Heinrich Klaasen 90 and Aiden Markram 60.
Bangladesh 233/10 in 46.4 overs: Mahmudullah 111, Gerald Coetzee 3/62 and Marco Jansen 2/39.
- World Cup Standings:
- India: 10 points after five matches
- South Africa: 8 points after five matches
- New Zealand: 8 points after five games
- Australia: 4 points after four games
- Pakistan: 4 points after five matches
- Afghanistan: 4 points after five matches
- Netherlands: 2 points after four games
- Sri Lanka: 2 points after four matches
- England: 2 points after four games
- Bangladesh: 2 points after five matches.