Cricket-Markram hits fastest World Cup pace as South Africa racks up record total

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NEW DELHI, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Aiden Markram smashed a 49-ball hundred, the fastest in 50-over Cricket World Cup history, as South Africa accumulated a record total of 428 -5 against an apathetic Sri Lanka. SATURDAY.

Three of South Africa’s top four batters, Quinton de Kock (100) and Rassie van der Dussen (108), being the other two, made quick hundreds. But both were overshadowed by Markram’s 106 from 54 balls.

The 29-year-old eclipsed Irish slugger Kevin O’Brien’s 50-ball century against England in a 2011 World Cup match.

Put in to bat, South Africa lost skipper Temba Bavuma in the second over, but de Kock and van der Dussen forged a superb 204-run stand to deflate Sri Lanka.

Even after the duo was out, Markram continued to punish Sri Lanka, hitting 14 fours and three sixes in his blistering knock. (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Hugh Lawson)

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