what are the facts about south africa vs pakistan Cricket World Cup?

CHENNAI, INDIA — Keshav Maharaj led South Africa to a one-wicket win over Pakistan on Friday at the Cricket World Cup. Maharaj helped the South Africans reach 271-9 and hand Pakistan its fourth straight loss in the tournament.

The Proteas rewrote history in their opening match against Sri Lanka in Delhi, racking up a mammoth total of 428, the highest in the 48-year history of the Men’s Cricket World Cup. The previous highest was 417 by Australia against Afghanistan in Perth in 2015. Only five times has the 400-mark been passed at a 50-over World Cup, with South Africa having achieved it thrice now.

Three batters – Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram – scored a century, another first in World Cups. Markram reached his ton off just 49 balls, the fastest in tournament history, beating Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien’s record of a 50-ball ton set against England in Bangalore in 2011.

With such powerful display of batting and knowing the batting friendly nature of India’s pitches, most of the bowlers in the tournament would have been alarmed by South Africa’s hitting prowess. Four Sri Lanka bowlers (Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana and Dunith Wellalage) were taken for more than 80 runs, something which had never happened before in a World Cup match.

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