An innings and a day to remember

2014-08-29 00:00

This was only the second ODI century by an SA captain against Australia. The other is Graeme Smith (119*), at Centurion, 2006.•

De Villiers’s 136* is the second highest ODI score by a SA captain after Graeme Smith’s 141 against England at Centurion in the 2009 Champions Trophy.

De Villiers now has seven ODI centuries as SA captain. He is one behind Graeme Smith, whose eight are the most by a SA captain.

His seven centuries as captain sees De Villiers fifth in the all time list of captains with the most ODI hundreds. He will have to go some to catch runaway leader Ricky Ponting with 22.

The 206-run partner-ship between De Villiers and Du Plessis is the third-highest for any wicket against the Aussies. It’s only the fifth 200-plus partnership scored against Australia.

This was the fourth time SA had won chasing 300 or more in an ODI from 16 instances. Last time they chased 300 or more successfully was against the West Indies in 2010.

Hauling in 327 was only the seventh time in 70 attempts that a team have managed to chase 300 or more against Australia.

Seven Australian bowlers finished with an economy rate of six or more, the highest in their ODI history.

Aaron Finch’s century (102) bought to five the number hit against SA by Australian opening batsmen. Before Finch, Matthew Hayden was the last, doing the business at the 2007 World Cup where the Aussies reached 377.

Finch has now hit three ODI centuries in 2014, joining Hashim Amla and Kumar Sangakkara. This was his fourth ODI century overall and he has scored a total of 941 ODI runs at 39,20.

Faf du Plessis’s century was his first ODI hundred and first score of 50 plus in four innings against the men from Down Under.

This was the first century against Australia by a No. 3 batsman since that innings of 175 by Herschelle Gibbs in the 438 game at the Wanderers.

Overall, five No. 3 SA batsmen have score hundreds against Australia in ODI matches.

The De Villiers and Du Plessis centuries were the third time SA’s No. 3 and 4 batsmen have hit hundreds in an ODI. Last time around was in 2010, against Zimbabwe, when JP Duminy and De Villiers got centuries at Nos. 3 and 4.

Aussie bowler Mitchell Johnson’s strike rate of 287,50 in his 23* from eight balls was the third fastest innings of 20 or more by a No. 9 batsman. Afghanistan’s Dawlat Zadran’s 24 from seven balls, against Zimbabwe earlier this year, is the fastest.

Wayne Parnell’s 20 runs from the final over equalled the second most expensive last over by an SA bowler in ODIs, rivalling Jacques Kallis in 2003 against Pakistan in Lahore.

Makhaya Ntini holds the record for the most expensive final over in an ODI by an SA bowler — 24 against the West Indies in 2008.

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