ODI World Cup digest: South Africa’s record-breaking batting; India-Australia offer mouthwatering match-up



Men’s 2023 ODI World Cup is underway in India and will run from October 5 to November 19 Each morning we’ll round up the latest action and news from the event and bring you insights from our reporters.

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Top: Centuries by Markram, van der Dusen and de Kock in South Africa’s mammoth display

South Africa 428 for 5 (van der Dusen 108, Markram 106, de Kock 100) Sri Lanka 326 (Aslanka 79, Mendis 76, Shanaka 68, Coetzee 3-68) by 102 runs

With a trio of centuries, including the fastest in a World Cup, South Africa laid down a commanding marker as they opened their World Cup campaign with an emphatic 102-run win over Sri Lanka in Delhi. progressively more vigorous from the century Rasi van der Dusen, Quinton de Kock And Aiden Markram The latter would prove to be the decisive contribution as a heroic Sri Lankan side flexed their batting power to foul a frighteningly good South African side.

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Match Analysis: South Africa deny Glani

This is a different South African team from what we are used to. They come up with big numbers against spin here. Since the start of 2022, they have averaged 42 runs-a-ball against spin in the middle overs, the best by a distance. Between Markram and Heinrich Klaasen, they have two of the most sought-after middle over batsmen. And yet those who built them were a little wary because, after all, they lost a spin in a T20 World Cup that they were among the favorites to win last year.

It’s going to be challenging to start in Delhi against a team that relies on slow bowlers, but a relayed surface hasn’t completely tested South Africa on the condition front. By putting that rider out of the way, South Africa served a warning to other competitors. The highest World Cup total, the fastest World Cup century, three centuries in one innings should be enough to make the world sit up, but the assured, hurried manner in which they went about it will worry others. .

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Mehndi stars Bangladesh against Afghanistan in the beginning

Bangladesh Defeated 158 for 4 (Shanto 59*, Mehdi 57). Afghanistan 156 (Gurbaz 47, Mehdi 3-25, Shakib 3-30) for six

Shakib Al HasanThree wickets and Mehdi Hasan MirajHis all-round display helped Bangladesh kick off their 2023 ODI World Cup campaign with a six-wicket win in Dharamsala. For Afghanistan, it was their 13th successive defeat at the World Cup, stretching all the way back to 2015.

Afghanistan started well before Shakib changed the pace with the wickets of Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah. Afghanistan never recovered from there, being bowled out for 83 to 156 for 1. Mehdi, who contributed to that collapse with three wickets of his own, then smashed a half-century, albeit a miraculous one, from no. 3. Nazmul Hossain Shanto, too, continued his fine form with an unbeaten 59 as Bangladesh wrapped up the game with over 15 overs to spare.

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Match Analysis: How it turned out for Afghanistan

First with the bat and then on the field, they have destroyed themselves. Rehmat Shah’s dismissal, blundering a slog sweep against spin on the first ball after the drink, surrendered 73 for 9. Perhaps surprised by the slower pitch than many expected, no one in their middle order managed more than 22.

Their captain Hashmatullah Shahidi showed a collective failure to find the right pace with the bat. He had promised to play positively on the eve of their tournament opener, but at one stage had to struggle painfully for 5 off 22 balls, with Mehdi Hasan Miraj and Shakib shotless.

Read the full story from Matt Roller at Dharamshala

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Match preview

India vs Australia, Chennai (2pm IST; 8.30pm GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)

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Is this India’s best chance to win the World Cup?

A look at the hosts’ chances for a 2011 repeat

The air will stir with anticipation, but there will also be a hint of anxiety, as this is India’s first match in a home World Cup in which they start as favourites. It is difficult to imagine the pressure a team can go through in these conditions, and it will be a relief for the Indian players when the umpires call “play”, and there is a ball or a batter and a set of stumps. at the other end

It will be a stern test right off the bat, as they are playing Australia, and is there anything like spine in sport like the prospect of facing Australia in the Cricket World Cup?

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Team news

India (Probable Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mohammad Siraj

Australia (Probably, 11 Adam Zampa

Features: Mitch Marsh hits sixes to huge and new heights

So, what makes Mitchell Marsh brutal? His explosive energy and clear thinking. Well, Marsh always had that natural ball-striking ability but now he stopped worrying about proving people wrong and focused on maximizing his power: hitting sixes. Unburdened, he hit 22 sixes in ten innings in ODI cricket this year. Among players who have played in this World Cup, only Rohit Sharma (36), Shubman Gill (29) and Henrik Klaassen (25) have hit more sixes in ODIs this year than Marsh.

Captain Pat Cummins spoke glowingly of Marsh’s sixes on Saturday. “I’d say first of all he’s got great size and he’s always been a power-hitter,” Cummins said. “I think that’s his most natural attribute as a batter. He’s very strong and can clear the ropes easily.”

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