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A stats review at the end of the tri-series game between Zimbabwe and South Africa
August 29, 2014
News : Amla pleased with South Africa's intensity
Report : Big win for SA despite Utseya hat-trick
Players/Officials: Prosper Utseya
Matches: Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare | South Africa v India at Centurion | South Africa v Sri Lanka at Providence | South Africa v Zimbabwe at Durban | South Africa v Zimbabwe at Chelmsford | Zimbabwe v England at Harare | New Zealand v South Africa at Perth | South Africa v Pakistan at East London
0 Number of times that Zimbabwe have beaten South Africa at home. They have beaten South Africa twice, at Chelmsford in 1999 and at Durban in 2000. Zimbabwe have played ODIs against 14 teams at home, and have won at least one ODI against 12 of them, with South Africa and Australia being the exceptions.
2 Number of hat-tricks that have been taken by Zimbabwean bowlers in ODI cricket. The only hat-trick taken prior to that by Prosper Utseya today was by Eddo Brandes against England in 1997. Also, there are now two hat-tricks that have been taken against South Africa in ODI cricket, the only previous one being Lasith Malinga's famous four-in-four-balls at Guyana during the 2007 World Cup.
1 Number of times that a Zimbabwean bowler has taken a five-wicket haul against South Africa in ODI cricket. Prosper Utseya is the first. In all, Zimbabwean bowlers have taken 16 five-fors in ODI cricket, with Brian Vitori, Paul Strang, Henry Olonga and Eddo Brandes being the only bowlers to take more than one - they have taken two each.
21 Number of runs for which South Africa lost their first six wickets. They were 142-0 before collapsing to 163-6. This is their worst collapse for the first six wickets in an innings. The fewest runs that they scored for any six wickets in an innings is eight - this happened twice, against India and Pakistan, both times for the last six wickets.
7 Number of times that Zimbabwe have been bowled out for 170 or less in an ODI while chasing against South Africa, the most against any team. Zimbabwe have been bowled out for less than 170 on 15 occasions against Sri Lanka, whether batting first or second, more than against any other team for Zimbabwe.
8 Number of runs scored by South Africa's batsmen from No. 4 to No. 7. This is the fewest runs scored by any four players batting in these positions for South Africa in a single ODI innings. Today's performance included the first instance of South Africa's No. 4 and No. 5 batsmen scoring ducks in the same match.
5 Number of Zimbabwe's top-seven batsmen who scored at least 20 runs each today. This was only the second time that at least five of Zimbabwe's top-seven batsmen have done this against South Africa, but unfortunately ended up on the losing side both times.
Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswantFeeds: Bishen Jeswant
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