Klaasen-Miller sets a new record as South Africa issues a stern CWC warning.

South Africa surpassed 400 runs for the seventh time in ODIs, thanks to a mind-boggling onslaught from Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller.

Australia was the victim of another outstanding South African batting performance in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) in Centurion, as the hosts amassed 416/5 in fifty overs. This is South Africa’s seventh over 400 total in ODIs, the most of any team.

South Africa scored 268 runs in the last 20 overs and 173 in the last ten as Klaasen hit 174 off 83 balls and his century off 57 deliveries. Miller’s 45-ball 82 aided him greatly.

The pair embarked up a record double-century stand in just 85 balls, finishing on 222 off 92 balls, with Klaasen holed out off Marcus Stoinis on the penultimate ball.

No other double-century stand in ODI history has arrived at a faster run rate than Miller and Klaasen’s 14.47 on Friday.

Klaasen’s score is the eighth-highest by a South African in men’s one-day internationals. The 57-ball century is also the second-fastest in ODIs against Australia, after only Virat Kohli’s ton in Jaipur in 2013.

Klaasen’s 174 is the second-highest ODI score by a hitter batting at No.5 or below, trailing only Kapil Dev’s 175* against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Adam Zampa set an unfavorable record by giving 113 runs in ten overs, the joint-most by any bowler in men’s ODIs. Mick Lewis of Australia also gave up 113 runs in the memorable series decider between these two teams in 2006, when South Africa chased down 435 runs.

South Africa was trailing the ODI series 2-1 going into this game, but their batting performance here demonstrates their prowess as a batting team. With the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup just over two weeks away, this performance against the No. 1 rated team in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings is as good as any as they seek their first World Cup championship.