2023 ODI World Cup Digest: South Africa’s record-breaking batting; Exciting match offered between India and Australia

The 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup is underway in India and will run from October 5 to November 19. Each morning we’ll be gathering the latest action and news from the event and bringing you insights from our journalists on the ground.


TOP STORY: Markram, van der Dussen and de Kock score centuries in huge South Africa performance

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

A trio of centuries, including the fastest century ever in a World Cup, saw South Africa perform brilliantly as they began their World Cup campaign with an official 102-run win over Sri Lanka in Delhi. increasingly stronger over the centuries Rassie van der Dussen, quinton de kock And aiden markram That would prove to be the decisive contribution in the end as a brave Sri Lankan team showcasing its batting prowess lost to a scary good South African team.

Match Analysis: South Africa overcome disappointment

This is different from the South African teams we are used to. He has come here with fantastic numbers against spin. Since the start of 2022, his average against spin in the middle overs is 42 at one run per ball, the best by distance. They have two of the most sought-after middle-overs batsmen in Markram and Heinrich Klaasen. And yet even those who drafted them were a little cautious because, after all, they had lost to spin in the T20 World Cup, which they were one of the favorites to win last year.

Starting in Delhi against a team that relies on slow bowlers was going to be challenging, but a loose surface did not test South Africa well on the conditions front. With that rider out of the way, South Africa issued a warning to other contenders. The highest score of the World Cup, the fastest century of the World Cup, three centuries in an innings should be enough for the world to take notice, but the assured, unhurried way in which he did it will be a matter of concern for others . ,

Bangladesh’s Mehdi stars take early lead against Afghanistan

bangladesh 158 for 4 wickets (Shanto 59*, Mehdi 57) defeated afghanistan 156 (Gurbaz 47, Mehdi 3-25, Shakib 3-30) by six wickets

shakib al hassantook three wickets and mehdi hassan merazOn the back of an all-round performance, Bangladesh started their 2023 ODI World Cup campaign with a resounding six-wicket win in Dharamsala. For Afghanistan, this was their 13th consecutive defeat in the World Cup, a streak dating back to 2015.

After being sent in, Afghanistan made a solid start before Shakib changed the momentum with the wickets of Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah. Afghanistan could never recover from there and were all out from 83 for 1 to 156 for 1. Mehdi, who had contributed to that collapse by taking three wickets of his own, then scored a half-century from No. 3, although Nazmul Hossain Shanto also continued his excellent form with an unbeaten 59. Bangladesh won the game with 15 overs remaining.

Match Analysis: How it ended for Afghanistan

First with the bat and then in the field, he brought about his own demise. The loss of 9 wickets for 73 runs resulted in the dismissal of Rahmat Shah for a slog sweep against spin on the very first ball after drinks. Perhaps surprised by a slower pitch than most people expected, no one in their middle order could score more than 22 runs.

Their captain Hashmatullah Shahidi reflected on the collective failure to find the right rhythm with the bat. He had promised to play positively on the eve of the opening match of the tournament, but at one point struggled to score 5 runs from 22 and was shot shot by Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Shakib.

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  • Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott, quoting Mujeeb ur Rahman, has expressed concern over the level of the sandy outfield in Dharamshala. was lucky to escape serious injury,
  • match preview

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

    The air will be buzzing with anticipation, but there will also be a bit of anxiety, as this is India’s first match in a home World Cup in which they start as favourites. It’s hard to imagine the amount of pressure a team can go through in these conditions, and it will be a relief for India’s players when the umpire calls “play”, and there is a ball to focus on, or a There is a batsman and a set of stumps. other side.

    It will be a tough test right from the start, as they are playing Australia, and is there such a thing as a chance of facing Australia in the Cricket World Cup in the game?

    team news

    India (Probable XI): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Shubman Gill/Ishan Kishan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mohammad Siraj

    Australia (Probable XI): 1 David Warner, 2 Mitchell Marsh, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Cameron Green, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (c), 10 Josh Hazlewood , 11 Adam Zampa

    Feature: Mitch Marsh is huge and taking sixes to new heights

    So, what makes Michelle Marsh Cruel? His explosive power and clear thinking. Well, Marsh has always had a natural ability to hit the ball, but now he has stopped worrying about proving people wrong and has focused his attention on maximizing his strength: hitting sixes. Freed from all the burdens, he has hit 22 sixes in ten innings of ODI cricket this year. Among the players participating in this World Cup, only Rohit Sharma (36), Shubman Gill (29) and Heinrich Klaasen (25) have hit more sixes than Marsh in ODIs this year.

    Captain Pat Cummins praised Marsh’s six on Saturday. “I mean, 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 quality as a batsman. He’s very powerful and can get over the hurdles with ease.

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