The stunning stats behind South Africa’s dominance

The stunning stats behind South Africa’s dominance

South Africa won another big game as they continued their winning ways in Mumbai, picking up four points from two games at Wankhede Stadium. We look at some of the stunning statistics from Bangladesh’s 149-run thrashing.

Biggest victories by runs
South Africa’s 229-run victory over England is the tournament’s largest margin of victory in terms of runs so far.

That is far more than South Africa’s second-highest win, which they now share following their 149-run victory over Bangladesh. Earlier in the tournament, New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by the same margin.

Win big by batting first.
South Africa’s thumping win over Bangladesh is their eighth ODI victory by more than 100 runs in 2023, and it comes after batting first 10 times in their 18 matches.

This ties Pakistan’s all-time record for 100-plus run wins in a calendar year, set in 1999, but in 11 fewer matches.

South Africa has now won nine of the ten One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in which they have batted first this year.

South Africa’s ideal game plan is to bat first and bat big, and Tuesday’s match in Mumbai marked the seventh time in seven ODIs that they have scored more than 300 when batting first, tying the record held by Australia (2007) and England (2019).

Maximum Net Run Rate
South Africa has by far the best net run rate in the competition, thanks to crushing wins over England and Bangladesh in Mumbai.

After five matches, their net run rate of +2.370 is well ahead of the next best – New Zealand’s +1.481.

Best CWC performance by De Kock
Quinton de Kock’s 174 is his highest-ever score at an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and is only four runs short of his best ODI individual effort.

Only Gary Kirsten has scored more runs for South Africa in a Men’s Cricket World Cup, scoring 188* against the UAE in 1996.

Klaasen’s incredible strike rate
Heinrich Klaasen has the highest strike rate of any recognized batter at the Cricket World Cup.

The big-hitting number five is the tournament’s sixth-highest scorer, with 288 runs scored at an eye-watering rate of 150.78.

Only Kusal Mendis (218 at 146.30) and Iftikhar Ahmed (101 at 140.27) come close to matching Klaasen’s hitting prowess among the tournament’s front-line batters.

Brutal death-overs are on the rise.
South Africa scored 144 runs in the final 10 overs against Bangladesh thanks to a blitz from De Kock, Klaasen, and David Miller.

That total is the highest in the final ten overs of an innings at the tournament so far, surpassing the Proteas’ effort against England by one run.

Individual accolades are in De Kock’s sights.
Quinton de Kock’s three centuries have propelled him to the top of the run-scoring charts in the tournament, ahead of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Only two players have ever scored more than three centuries in a single ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Kumar Sangakkara in 2015, and Rohit Sharma in 2019.

De Kock could also become South Africa’s all-time leading individual scorer in an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. With four group stage matches and possibly the knockout stages remaining, he is only 78 runs behind Jacques Kallis’ 2007 record of 485.

The highest-ever individual tally at a Men’s Cricket World Cup is 673, which Sachin Tendulkar achieved in 2003.


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