From Virat Kohli's 50th ODI Ton To Timed Out Controversy: Top 10 Moments Of Cricket World Cup 2023
After 46 days and 48 matches, huge totals, shock wins, heartbreaking losses, records and controversies, the Cricket World Cup ended on Sunday. Australia beat hosts India to earn a sixth one-day international title. Opener Travis Head starred during the final in Ahmedabad on Sunday by hitting a sparkling 137 off 120 deliveries, powering Australia to a convincing six-wicket win. Head joined Ricky Ponting and Gilchrist as the third Australian to score a century in a men's World Cup final. Let's have a look at 10 highlights from the 2023 tournament:
South Africa, Markram in fast lane
The tournament was just two days old when South Africa's Aiden Markram smashed the fastest World Cup century off 49 balls against Sri Lanka in New Delhi.
His team also entered the record books with the highest ever tournament total of 428 in a 102-run win.
Markram's blitz bettered the 50 balls Ireland's Kevin O'Brien needed to hit a hundred against England in Bengaluru in 2011.
However, Markram said he "wouldn't be surprised" if his record was beaten by the end of the tournament. He was proved right by Glenn Maxwell just 18 days later.
Pakistan's record chase
Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique made centuries as Pakistan chased down the highest target in World Cup history to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in Hyderabad.
Rizwan overcame leg cramps to score 131 not out while Shafique hit 113 as Pakistan overhauled their 345-run target.
Sri Lanka's imposing total of 344-9 was built around hundreds from Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama.
Afghanistan, Netherlands make mark
Afghanistan pulled off one of the greatest World Cup shocks when they defeated defending champions England by 69 runs in New Delhi.
Chasing 285 to win, after opener