South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis drove from the front with a century and Rassie van der Dussen made an eminent 95 as the Proteas heaped up 325-6 against Australia in the World Cup’s finishing up gathering match on Saturday.
Ruling heroes Australia, officially through to the semi-finals, need to win to be sure of completing top of the 10-group table.
That would guarantee they come back to Old Trafford for a semi-last conflict with fourth-set New Zealand — a group they whipped by 86 keeps running at Lord’s last week.
In any case, thrashing could leave Australia with an apparently harder last-four confrontation against resurgent hosts England at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Mitchell Starc equalled Australia legend Glenn McGrath’s record of most wickets at a World Cup competition, set at the 2007 occasion in the Caribbean, when he moved to 26 wickets at this version with an arrival of 2-59.
Be that as it may, Australia still confronted an immense pursue, with the most astounding complete made batting second to win a World Cup coordinate the 329-7 posted by Ireland against England at Bangalore in 2011.
South Africa’s odds of experiencing to the knockout stage had since quite a while ago dissipated before this match, with the Proteas having won only two of their past eight amusements.
Be that as it may, that did not stop du Plessis, who won the hurl, and van der Dussen putting on 151 for the third wicket before a sun-soaked group.
It may have been an alternate story, be that as it may, had Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey not botched an opportunity to stump van der Dussen off spinner Glenn Maxwell when the batsman had made only four.
Aiden Markram, just opening after Hashim Amla was discounted with knee damage playing football in a warm-up on Friday, set the pace for South Africa with two well-coordinated limits.
Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon struck twice to have Markram confused for 33 and individual opener Quinton de Kock got at short third man for 52.
In any case, du Plessis finished his third progressive fifty and fourth of the competition before he progressed down to drive quick bowler Pat Cummins for a great six.
He at that point posted the initial hundred by a South African at this World Cup when he drove Jason Behrendorff for a solitary to achieve the milestone in 93 balls, with seven fours and two sixes.
Yet, he was out to the following ball he confronted, cutting Behrendorff to third man.
Van der Dussen ought to have been run out for 77 however Steve Smith missed with a wild modest when he had room schedule-wise to underarm the ball.
Van der Dussen then simply missed the mark regarding his lady ODI hundred when, attempting to hit the last bundle of the innings for six, he holed out to Maxwell off Cummins.
He confronted 97 balls including four fours and four sixes, with the 30-year-old presently bragging a noteworthy ODI normal 73.77 from 14 innings.