South Africa demolished England by 229 runs in the Cricket World Cup to leave the beleaguered defending champions facing an early exit from the tournament after their latest humiliation.
England fell to their third loss in four matches so far on Saturday, having previously been defeated by New Zealand and, in a huge shock, Afghanistan.
The Proteas bounced back from their own surprising loss – to the Netherlands on Tuesday – to post 399-7 after being put into bat in stifling conditions in Mumbai. Heinrich Klaasen (109) smashed a 61-ball century and Marco Jansen made an unbeaten 75 off 42 balls.
England plunged to 38-4 after 8.1 overs in their reply and were eventually dismissed for 170 in only 22 overs.
Klaasen and Jansen toyed with England’s pace and spin to put on 151 as the Proteas notched up the second-highest total in the tournament. South Africa also scored 428-5 – the highest – against Sri Lanka in New Delhi.
After conceding their highest total in ODIs, England were dismissed with 28 overs to spare in its heaviest defeat by runs in ODIs.
Klaasen hit his first World Cup hundred, and fourth overall, and it was the second quickest hundred in this tournament, after compatriot Aiden Markram’s 100 off 48 balls against Sri Lanka. He hit 12 fours and four sixes in all.
The big win cements South Africa’s third spot with six points. England sank to ninth in the table, tied on two points with last-place Afghanistan.
Source: Al jazeera