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South Africa makes more history at the Cricket World Cup.

South Africa makes more history at the Cricket World Cup.

South Africa’s big-hitting and huge totals continue to shatter records, but the Proteas’ attack has also set new benchmarks during an imperious run at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

South Africa has looked like the strongest challengers to hosts India so far, with six victories from seven matches to all but guarantee their place in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

An explosive batting unit led by opener Quinton de Kock and a destructive middle-order have combined for record-breaking totals, while pacer Marco Jansen has frequently kept the opposition on the ropes early in their chase.

Here are the most recent jaw-dropping records set by South Africa during their run through the Cricket World Cup:

82: Sixes in a Cricket World Cup team
South Africa now holds the record for the most sixes hit by a team in a single edition of the Men’s Cricket World Cup, despite the fact that at least two – and possibly four – matches remain.

The Proteas hit 15 sixes in their rout of New Zealand, giving them 82 for the tournament after seven games.

South Africa have already surpassed England’s previous record of 76 in 11 matches on their way to their first Cricket World Cup title in 2019.

Prior to that, the West Indies set a record with 68 team sixes in 2015, while Australia set a record with 67 in 2007.

After hitting 61 sixes in six matches so far and with at least three more to play, the five-time champions are on track to finish higher on this list during the current Cricket World Cup.

12 wickets were taken during the Powerplay.
All-rounder Marco Jansen made a name for himself early in the tournament with a quickfire 75* against England, but he has done just as much damage with the ball while powering South Africa’s fast starts.

The left-arm quick has 12 scalps during the Powerplay to ensure South Africa takes command early in the opposition innings, more than doubling the next best bowler.

Pace has been the key weapon in the first ten overs, with Dilshan Madushanka of Sri Lanka taking six wickets during the Powerplay, while Australia’s Josh Hazlewood (five) is just ahead of India’s Jasprit Bumrah, Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi, and injured England quick Reece Topley (all four).

Jansen struck twice in the Powerplay against New Zealand and finished with 3/31 to tie Australia spinner Adam Zampa and Afridi for the most wickets at the Cricket World Cup.

4: Individual hundreds in a World Cup of Cricket
De Kock began the tournament with back-to-back hundreds against Sri Lanka and Australia, and has since added two more, including 114 against New Zealand in yet another dominant performance.

With 174 against Bangladesh, South Africa’s opener also has the highest individual score at this Cricket World Cup so far.

De Kock’s four centuries are now tied for second most in a single edition of the showpiece event, with Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakarra in 2015.

India opener and current captain Rohit Sharma holds the record with five hundreds in 2019, but the in-form de Kock will fancy his chances with two – and possibly four – innings remaining.

8: Hundreds of teams compete in the Cricket World Cup
With centuries from de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen against New Zealand, the Proteas have tied the record for the most hundreds scored by a team in a Cricket World Cup.

South Africa’s batting lineup now has at least two more matches to break the record held by the Sri Lankan team that set it in 2015.

De Kock leads the way with four tons, while van der Dussen began the tournament with 108 against Sri Lanka and now has two centuries.

Aiden Markram hit the then-fastest century in a Cricket World Cup with a century off 49 balls against Sri Lanka, and Heinrich Klaasen later punished England with a quick 109.

2: Double-century partnerships in World Cup cricket
De Kock and van der Dussen combined for a 200-run stand against New Zealand, ensuring South Africa clinched the heavyweight title.

It was the pair’s second double-century partnership in this tournament, following their 204 against Sri Lanka, and they now have the equal-most 200-plus run stands.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga also had two 200-plus run partnerships in 2011, and no other duo has done so more than once in multiple Cricket World Cups.

Individual runs in a Cricket World Cup: 545
De Kock’s hot streak has seen him break batting records for the most runs scored in a Cricket World Cup.

With 545 runs after seven innings, the in-form left-hander has the most in a single tournament edition.

De Kock’s total also surpassed Jacques Kallis’s 2007 mark of 485 runs scored by a South African batter in a Cricket World Cup.

De Kock can now challenge India great Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 673 runs in a Cricket World Cup, which he set in 2003, with two matches remaining in the group stage and likely more in the knockout stage.

4: The number of teams in a Cricket World Cup that exceeds 350.
South Africa has become the first team in Cricket World Cup history to score four 350-plus scores in a single tournament, after racking up runs against Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh, and New Zealand.

The Proteas have now passed the lofty mark nine times in all Cricket World Cups, tying Australia for the most in the tournament’s history.

 

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