Australia claimed Heinrich Klaasen’s wicket on the last ball of the innings, but not before he had smashed 174 off only 83 balls on Friday, as South Africa posted a huge 416/5 in the fourth One-Day International.
Coming in at No. 5, Klaasen hit 13 fours and 13 sixes in the fourth-highest ODI innings by a South African batter.
Klaasen was caught on the boundary by Nathan Ellis off Marcus Stoinis (1/81) after guiding South Africa to its third-highest ODI total. South Africa, which lost the toss, is seeking to level the five-game series at 2-2 ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in India next month.
Klaasen shared a 222-run stand for the fifth wicket with David Miller (82 not out in 45 balls). Rassie van der Dussen hit 62 in 65.
Josh Hazlewood took 2 for 79. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the most expensive with his 10 overs returning none for 113. That included nine of South Africa’s overall 20 sixes.
The fifth ODI is on Sunday.