Heinrich Klaasen in action for South Africa© AFP
Heinrich Klaasen hit 174 off 83 balls to lead a South African batting charge against Australia in the fourth one-day international at SuperSport Park on Friday. Klaasen shared an extraordinary fifth-wicket partnership of 222 off just 94 balls with David Miller (82 not out) as South Africa piled up 416 for five, their fifth highest total in one-day internationals. Klaasen hit 13 fours and 13 sixes before he was caught on the boundary after the last ball of the innings. A run of such magnitude did not seem likely as accurate Australian bowling and a slower than normal Centurion pitch saw South Africa make relatively uneventful progress on a ground known for high scores.
All 13 sixes from Heinrich Klaasen’s 2 Extraordinary 178 pic.twitter.com/D12RkplnEv
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At the second drinks break the total was 157 for three of the 32 overs.
The acceleration started with a score of 74 from 57 balls between Rassie van der Dussen (62) and Klaasen.
Things went into overdrive when the left-handed Miller joined Klaasen and hit the second ball he faced, from leg-spinner Adam Zampa, for six runs.
What an innings, Heinrich Klaasen, first 25 balls 24 runs, next 58 balls 150.
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Miller’s 82 not out came from 45 balls and included five sixes and six fours.
Zampa conceded 113 runs from his 10 overs, Marcus Stoinis conceded 81 runs and Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Ellis went for 79 runs apiece.
It’s a must-win match for South Africa, with Australia leading the five-match series 2-1.
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