South Africa’s record run-chase levels the ODI series

In the third and final ODI, South Africa defeated West Indies by four wickets to levels the series in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.

Tuesday at Potchefstroom, South Africa needed just 29.3 overs to reach the target of 261, thanks to a magnificent onslaught from Heinrich Klaasen.

As Klaasen entered the game at 73/3, he quickly took off and sped to 21 in just 12 balls. He needed just 30 balls to get his half-century, but after that, he picked up the pace even more.

Once David Miller was dismissed, South Africa was in a critical situation. With the help of Marco Jansen and Klaasen, they quickly raced to the goal and reached the hundred off just 54 balls.

South Africa reached the target in less than 30 overs, a rare feat in ODIs, with the wicketkeeper still undefeated on 119 off just 61 balls.

Before this, no team had ever successfully tracked down a target of 250 or more in less than 30 overs.

The closest any team has been to accomplishing this feat was India in 2019, when they defeated West Indies at Port of Spain by chasing down a revised target of 255 off 32.3 overs.

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