Heinrich Klaasen century off 61 balls. And South Africa’s combined bowling effort led to a resounding 229-run win for South Africa against the reigning champions, England. In the 20th match of the ICC World Cup 2023, which took place in Mumbai.
With a target score of 400 to reach, England only managed to score 170 runs before being bowled out in 22 overs. As a result, England suffered one of the most humiliating losses in the annals of the World Cup competition.
A terrible start by reigning Champion England
The reigning champions got off to a terrible start, and after losing wickets at an alarming pace, they were all out for 84 with 15.1 overs still on the clock.
When England’s bowling all-rounder David Willey was out for a run-a-ball 12. England’s score dropped even lower to 100/8 in the following over.
After it seemed like all was over for England, their tail-enders. Mark Wood and Gut Atkinson replied with a remarkable 70-run combination. However, Keshav Maharaj castled the latter to seal South Africa’s dominant triumph.
English Tail effort
Mark Wood stayed undefeated with a quickfire 43, while Atkinson struck 35 in 21 deliveries with the aid of seven boundaries. His 17-ball effort included two fours and five sixes in addition to the two boundaries.
After being given the opportunity to bat first, the South African hitters made England’s Jos Buttler pay by registering a formidable total on the board. Heinrich Klaasen led the charge by scoring a century in a very short amount of time at the conclusion of their innings.
In-form Quinton de Kock
The Proteas, on the other hand, had a completely different beginning to their innings. As their in-form Quinton de Kock (4) was out on the very first ball.
After an early knock, opening batsman Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen both struck half century. Although they built up 121 runs for the second wicket at a rapid tempo.
After taking charge of the situation for South Africa, the two were both dismissed by Adil Rashid in rapid succession. With this two quick wickets bringing the Proteas’ score down to 164/2 after 25.2 overs.
Rassie van der Dussen scored 60 runs off of 61 balls, including eight fours. While Reeza Hendricks scored 85 runs off of 75 balls, including nine fours, three sixes, and one six. Hendricks came short of his second one-day international century.
Heinrich Klaasen at No. 5
Heinrich Klaasen, who came in at number five to bat, collaborated with Aiden Markram, the team’s captain. They stitch together a vital 69-run partnership before Markram was dismissed.
After that, South Africa’s batting effort was dealt another blow when David Miller (5) was dismissed for a low score. Which resulted in the team’s score falling to 243/5 after 36.3 overs.
Heinrich Klaasen proceeds on the England Bowlers
After the team had been struggling, Heinrich Klaasen began an assault on the English bowlers by scoring a century in a short amount of time. Marco Jansen provided outstanding assistance for him throughout the inning.
Before Klaasen was out for good in the last over, the duo smashed the bowlers for a match-defining 151 runs in only 76 deliveries during their partnership, which ultimately led to his downfall.
Heinrich Klaasen had the highest score in the match, which was 109 runs off of 67 balls and included 12 fours and four sixes.
Jansen kept his bat in play
While this was going on, Jansen kept his bat in play the whole time to score an unbeaten 75 off of only 42 deliveries. He hit three fours and six sixes while also smashing three boundaries.
For England, Reece Topley took three wickets, while both Gut Atkinson and Adil Rashid got two each.