Explosive Twenty20 batting changing face of cricket

SOUTH Africa's produced one of the great One Day International batting performances against India earlier this week.

Three players - Quinton de Kock (109 from 87), Faf du Plessis (133 from 184), and AB de Villers (119 from 61, pictured) - scored centuries as South Africa reached 4-438 from their 50 overs.

India were bowled out for 224 but lost by 214 runs.

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There is no arguing that Twenty20 has changed the way the longer formats are played.

There was a time 300, or even 250, would be considered a total many teams could defend.

The way we play cricket has changed.

Players who can accumulate totals are not as fashionable, with power hitters like de Villiers, Dave Warner, and Brendon McCullum emerging to be some of the most important players to their sides.

With those higher scores becoming more frequent, as well as the rise in 200+ totals in Twenty20, what becomes the target or safe score for teams batting first in ODIs?



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