SA Vs SL: South Africa Smash Highest-Ever ODI World Cup Total, Break 8-Year Old Record Held By Australia
In their opening match of the ODI World Cup versus Sri Lanka, South Africa set a record that night. The hitters broke an 8-year-old Australian ODI World Cup record, smashing the bowlers all over the park.
The Proteas achieved the greatest total in the history of the ODI World Cup when they thrashed 428/5 in their 50 overs.
They thus eclipsed Australia's World Cup 2015 record of 417/5, which they blasted against Afghanistan in Perth. South Africa's 428/5 is also the ninth-highest score recorded by any side in ODI history.
417/6 - AUS vs AFG, Perth 2015
413/5 - IND vs BER, Port of Spain 2007
411/4 - SA vs IRE, Canberra 2015
408/5 - SA vs WI, Sydney, 2015
Actually, in the history of the ODI World Cup, this is the third occasion that South Africa has scored more than 400 runs. They had already done so twice in the 2015 World Cup, against the West Indies and Ireland.
In the tournament's history, they are also the only team to hit 400 more than once. Only Australia and India have each done it once. In the history of the ODIs, South Africa also holds the record for most times over 400 (8).
Teams with most 400+ totals in ODIs:
8 - South Africa
6 - India
5 - England
2 - Australia
2 - Sri Lanka
In addition, this was the highest ODI score against Sri Lanka, surpassing India's 414/7 in Rajkot in 2014.
With a century in 49 balls, Aiden Markram also shattered the record for the fastest century in ODI World Cup history.
In addition to him, Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock both scored hundreds. Three players have scored hundreds in the same innings of an ODI for the first time in World Cup history and the third time in ODI history.