South Africa 325/6, Starc equals record | Sunday Observer

South Africa 325/6, Starc equals record

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis led from the front with a century and Rassie van der Dussen made a superb 95 as the Proteas piled up 325-6 against Australia in the World Cup’s concluding group match on Saturday.

Mitchell Starc equalled Australia legend Glenn McGrath’s record of most wickets at a World Cup tournament, set at the 2007 event in the Caribbean, when he moved to 26 wickets at this edition with a return of 2-59.

But Australia still faced a huge chase, with the highest total made batting second to win a World Cup match the 329-7 posted by Ireland against England at Bangalore in 2011.

South Africa’s chances of going through to the knockout phase had long evaporated before this match, with the Proteas having won just two of their previous eight games.