Aiden Markram’s 26-run over against Matheesha Pathirana propelled him to the fastest century in ODI World Cup history, achieved in just 49 balls.

In the ongoing fourth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, on Saturday, October 07 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, South Africa shattered records with a marvelous batting performance. They achieved the highest team total ever in ODI World Cup history, thanks to centuries by Quinton de Kock (100 off 84), Rassie van der Dussen (108 off 110), and Aiden Markram (106 off 54), leaving no Sri Lankan bowler unscathed.

In his first-ever World Cup appearance, right-arm seamer Matheesha Pathirana had a tough time in the 43rd over. Aiden Markram went on the attack, hitting the second ball for a four straight down the ground. Pathirana’s troubles continued as he bowled four wides on the very next delivery. Markram didn’t ease up and smashed the next two balls for fours, then took a single on the fifth delivery. To cap it off, Markram finished the over in style by launching a massive six over deep square leg, tallying 26 runs from that over.

Markram’s superb form saw him make history, recording the fastest ODI World Cup century in only 49 balls. The 29-year-old’s explosive innings of 106 from 54 deliveries featured 14 boundaries and three sixes.

He surpassed Kevin O’Brien’s record of a 50-ball century, set during the 2011 World Cup clash against England in Bengaluru.

Pathirana concluded with 1/95 in ten overs, marking the costliest performance by a Sri Lankan bowler in World Cup history.

Last Updated on October 7, 2023

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