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South Africa defeats Australia as Klaasen narrowly misses breaking Kapil’s legendary world record | Cricket


Sep 16, 2023

Heinrich Klaasen played a phenomenal innings, smashing 174 runs off just 83 balls, to lead South Africa to a resounding 164-run victory over Australia in the fourth one-day international. As a result, the series is now tied 2-2 with the final match scheduled for Sunday. Klaasen’s performance with the bat was exceptional, surpassing any other batsman who has played more than 25 hours of ODIs. The previous record of 162* was jointly held by AB de Villiers and Jos Buttler. Klaasen also came close to breaking the world record for the highest ODI score by a No. 5 or below, held by Kapil Dev, who scored 175 in the 1983 World Cup against Zimbabwe. South Africa achieved a total of 416/4, largely due to Klaasen’s outstanding innings. Coming in at No. 5, he hit 13 fours and 13 sixes, recording the fourth highest ODI score by a South African batsman. He was caught on the boundary rope on the last ball of the innings, but by then he had helped South Africa set the third-highest ODI total. Australia, in response, were bowled out for 252 in 34.5 overs, erasing their 2-0 lead in the five-match series. This defeat is a concern for Australia, as Travis Head suffered a left hand injury after being hit by a Gerald Coetzee delivery. Scans have confirmed a fracture, and his availability for the upcoming Cricket World Cup in India is uncertain. Further tests will determine the extent of the injury and the recovery period. In the match, Klaasen shared a partnership of 222 runs with David Miller for the fifth wicket, with Miller remaining unbeaten on 82 off 45 balls. Rassie van der Dussen contributed 62 runs, while Josh Hazlewood took 2 wickets for 79 runs for Australia. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa suffered the most, conceding 113 runs without claiming any wickets in his 10 overs, including nine of South Africa’s 20 sixes overall. Among Australia’s batsmen, wicketkeeper Alex Carey scored a noteworthy 99 off 77 balls, and Tim David scored 35 runs. South African bowlers Quicklungi Ngidi (4-51) and Kagiso Rabada (3-41) caused most of the damage. Klaasen, who hails from Pretoria, mentioned that he had a scary incident in the previous game at Potchefstroom when a ball hit him on the head. Despite that, he recovered quickly and played an outstanding innings. Klaasen expressed his satisfaction with his performance and considered it to be one of his best innings.

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