An amazing batting performance at SuperSport Park in Centurion has blitzed the cricket world. With the ODI World Cup around the corner, South African batters have started wreaking havoc on opposition batsmen. In the 4th ODI against Australia, South Africa posted a massive total of 416/5 in 50 overs.
Star batter Henrich Klaasen scored a magnificent century for South Africa. Klaasen, in his classic innings, scored 174 runs off 83 balls with the help of thirteen fours and 13 sixes. He, along with David Miller, added the fastest 200-run partnership in the history of one-day internationals. They added 222 runs off 94 balls. In his inning, Miller scored an unbeaten 82 runs off 45 balls with the help of six fours and five sixes.
Earlier in the innings, Australia skipper Mitchell Marsh won the toss and opted to bowl first. His decision didn’t go well with the team, as Proteas opener Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks added 64 runs for the first wicket. Hendricks, in his innings, scored 28 runs off 34 balls with the help of five boundaries, while De Kock scored 45 runs off 64 balls with the help of five boundaries.
Can South Africa level the series by winning the game?
With these amazing batting performances, South Africa posted a massive total of 416/5 in 50 overs. They became the team with the most 400+ scores in one-day internationals. However, they will now depend on their bowling attack to keep them alive in the ongoing series. It’s worth noting that Australia leads the five-match series 2-1. If Porteas fail to defend this tilt, they will lose a crucial series ahead of the prestigious ODI World Cup.
The ODI World Cup will start on October 5 in India. In the opening game, defending champions England will take on New Zealand at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. However, South Africa will start their campaign against Sri Lanka at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on October 7. They will face Australia in Lucknow on October 12. Ahead of the marquee event, the team will look to continue their winning run.
Here is how fans reacted to Henrich Klaasen’s excellent batting performance:
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— Aman (@Chiku_Bhaiya) September 15, 2023
He went Berserk …
Was playing EA sports Cricket07… With aussies
— Extraa Cover (@ExtraaaCover) September 15, 2023
— Amrit Chandravanshi (@Ek_Indian07) September 15, 2023
Klassen has showed his class. It was quite evident in IPL too.
These two teams have a history of chasing 400 plus scores. Can Australia avenge?
Years ago they lost a match despite scoring 434 against Africa.
— Teri Meri Baatein (@TeriMeriBaatein) September 15, 2023
Australia all over the park for a six
— Vजय Sharमाँ (@vij7227) September 15, 2023
First ben stokes and now klassen 🔥🔥🔥
— Hussain (@imhussy92) September 15, 2023
Odi cricket is back on track
— Mintu Dutta (@MNGamin65372627) September 15, 2023
It was Herschel Gibbs in 2005-06 and now Henrich Klaasen!! Let’s see what Australia does in the 2nd innings!
— Zalak Kansara 🇮🇳 🇦🇺 (@amdavadiZalak) September 15, 2023
Klaasen doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon, and given the fact the world cup is in India I can totally see him smashing spinners all over the park. I might be overstretching but my gut feel is that he's going to be the toughest batter to bowl to in the upcoming world cup.
— Rahul Sharma (@CricFnatic) September 15, 2023