Mumbai: South Africa thrashed England by 229 runs in a comprehensive World Cup victory on Saturday, marking their highest-ever total against England in the tournament.
Opting to bowl first, England’s decision backfired as Heinrich Klaasen smashed a brilliant century (109 off 67 balls) to help South Africa post a mammoth 399/7 on the board. Marco Jansen’s explosive 75* off 43 balls further added to England’s woes.
England’s batting lineup collapsed in reply, managing just 170 all out in 22 overs, their second-lowest total in World Cup history. Only Mark Wood (43* off 35 balls) and Gus Atkinson (35 off 36 balls) offered any resistance.
The defeat left England languishing at the ninth spot in the World Cup points table, while South Africa moved up to third place.
Brief Scores: South Africa: 399 for 7 in 50 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 109, Reeza Hendricks 85, Marco Jansen 75 not out; Reece Topley 3/88) beat England: 170 all out in 22 overs (Mark Wood 43; Gerald Coetzee 3/35) by 229 runs.