South Africa broke another record on Wednesday with their ongoing six-hitting spree as they registered the highest number of maximums ever in a single edition of the ICC ODI World Cup.
During their seventh match in the showpiece event, the Proteas’ batters smashed opponents New Zealand for 15 sixes, jumping to a match-high 83 in total.
With the outstanding achievement, the Temba Bavuma-led side surpassed England’s record of 76 sixes, set in 2019 when England were crowned champions.
While England took 11 innings to create this benchmark, South Africa achieved it in just seven innings.
West Indies secured the third position in the list with 68 sixes in the 2015 World Cup, followed by Australia in the fourth position in the 2007 edition.
Meanwhile, South Africa put together another 300-run total in the 2023 World Cup thanks to superb centuries from Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen.
De Kock continued his remarkable performance with his fourth century in seven innings. He is now just a century away from equaling the all-time record of five centuries in a single World Cup, held by India’s Rohit Sharma, achieved in 2019.
De Kock is also the first player in the ongoing tournament to cross the 500-run mark, with a total of 545 runs from seven innings at an average of 77.85.
“I’ve been feeling really good lately,” De Kock told broadcasters during a mid-season chat. “I’m glad it’s all coming together at an important time for us.
He said New Zealand were quite impressive with the new ball and struggled to get into rhythm.
“They bowled really well up front, especially (Trent) Boult. I was feeling pretty scrappy at the front, couldn’t find my pace, was getting a few messages from the guys on the bench to pass. I just want to keep hitting. My career is coming to an end, trying to bat as much as I can,” De Kock said.
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