Final Match, Pakistan v South Africa, CocaCola Cup, Statistical Highlights

Rajneesh Gupta

April 2, 2000

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  • It was the 1583rd ODI in cricket history.

  • It was the 25th meeting between these two sides. The record now reads : Pakistan 9,South Africa 16.

  • Yousuf Yohanna was playing his 50th match. He became 30th Pakistani and 218th player overall to do so.

  • The first wicket partnership of 123 runs between Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi is Pakistan's best for this wicket against South Africa in all mathces. The previous best was 121 between Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar at Centurion on 21-02- 1993.

  • The partnership was also the highest for any wicket against South Africa at Sharjah.This obliterated the 115 run stand between Imran Nazir and Younis Khan for Pakistan in the third league match of this tournament on 24-03-2000.Incidentally the previous best opening wicket stand against South Africa was paltry 59 runs between India's Vikram Rathour and Sachin Tendulkar on 19-04-1996.

  • Inzamam-ul-Haq,on 28,became leading run scorer in all matches at Sharjah. Inzamam's run-aggregate at the end of this match reads as 1810 in 43 matches (@ 48.91) .Fellow teammate Saeed Anwar was previous record holder with 1784 runs from 44 matches (@ 42.47). The accompanying table lists the leading run-scorers at Sharjah.

    Batsman Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0

    Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak) 43 43 6 1810 137* 48.91 3 13 0 Saeed Anwar (Pak) 44 44 2 1784 131 42.47 7 6 1 Salim Malik (Pak) 60 50 8 1714 102 40.80 3 11 4 M.Azharuddin (Ind) 62 58 10 1660 108 34.58 1 9 2 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 37 37 5 1599 143 49.96 6 6 1 Aravinda deSilva (SL) 50 49 3 1402 134 30.47 1 8 3 Navjot Sidhu (Ind) 32 32 2 1225 108 40.83 2 8 2 Ramiz Raja (Pak) 37 36 3 1203 109* 36.45 2 6 0 Javed Miandad (Pak) 34 29 6 1052 116* 45.73 1 9 3 Roshan Mahanama (SL) 38 37 4 1015 101 30.75 1 6 4 Arjuna Ranatunga (SL) 45 44 5 1010 85* 25.89 0 4 3

  • Pakistan's total (263-6) was its highest against South Africa in all matches. Pakistan's effort in this match just managed to beat its previous highest of 262 for 9 (in 50 overs) at Lahore on 02-11-1997.

  • The total was also the highest against South Africa at Sharjah beating India's 249 for 8 (in 50 overs) on 19-04-1996.

  • Hansie Cronje,on 9,completed his 4000 runs as captain in his 138th match (128th innings).He became only fourth player to do so after SriLanka's Arjuna Ranatunga (5608 in 193),India's Mohammad Azharuddin (5239 in 174) and Australia's Allan Border (4439 in 178).The accompnaying table lists the leading run scorer captains in ODIs :

    Player                            Mts   Inns  NO  Runs   HS    Ave  100  50  0
    

    Arjuna Ranatunga (SL) 193 183 34 5608 131* 37.63 4 37 14 M.Azharuddin (Ind) 174 162 29 5239 153* 39.39 4 37 6 Allan Border (Aus) 178 165 27 4439 127* 32.16 2 27 6 Hansie Cronje (SA) 138 128 20 4070 94 37.68 0 31 0 Viv Richards (WI) 108 93 11 3249 181 39.62 3 23 3 Imran Khan (Pak) 139 122 29 3247 102* 34.91 1 18 2 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 72 69 5 2334 186* 36.47 5 12 4 Mark Taylor (Aus) 67 65 1 2098 105 32.78 1 15 2 Alistair Campbell (Zim) 76 75 8 2077 102 31.00 2 13 3 Richie Richardson (WI) 87 83 13 2042 122 29.17 2 10 0

  • Lance Klusener was out without scoring for the third consecutive time. Infact his last three innings have lasted for only four balls. He became second South African to achieve the dubious distinction of scoring three consecutive ducks after Craig Matthews who recorded three scoreless innings in succession in 1994,though in five matches.

  • The duck was Klusener's ninth in his career.Now only Allan Donald (11) has aggregated more ducks than Klusener in ODIs for South Africa.

  • Mark Boucher's innings is the higehst by a South African ?keeper against Pakistan. The previous best was 53 by Dave Richardson at Durban on 17-12-1994.Incidentally Boucher's innings is the second highest by a South African wicketkeeper in all ODIs after Bocuher's own 68 against India at Nagpur on 19-03-2000.

  • Waqar Younis (4-62) took four wickets in a match for 22nd time in his career.With this he surpassed fellow teammate Wasim Akram's tally of 21 such hauls.

  • It was Waqar's third four wicket haul against South Africa. He has now joined Australia's Shane Warne and England's Darren Gough as the bowlers who have taken four wickets on most occasions : thrice each.

  • Waqar's figures (4-62) are the ninth most expensive by a bowler capturing four or more wickets in a match. Interestingly Waqar himself occupies the top slot in this list.The details :
    Figures
    

    4-73 Waqar Younis (Pak) v England Nottingham 20-08-1992 4-73 Len Pascoe (Aus) v England Birmingham 22-08-1980 4-67 Dave Lawrence (Eng)v WestIndies Lord's 27-05-1991 4-67 Jeff Thomson (Aus) v WestIndies St.John's 22-02-1978 4-67 Saqlain Mushtaq v India Toronto 20-09-1998 4-65 Simon O?Donell v WestIndies Perth 04-01-1987 4-64 Geoff Allott (NZ) v Pakistan Derby 28-05-1999 4-62 Waqar Younis (Pak) v SriLanka Singapore 02-04-1996 4-62 Waqar Younis (Pak) v S.Africa Sharjah 31-03-2000

  • Waqar Younis has now taken 39 wickets in 22 outings against South Africa.Only Australia's Shane Warne (48 in 32) and India's Anil Kumble (40 in 30) have taken more wickets than Waqar against South Africa.

  • The six 50s in the match (three for Pakistan and three for South Africa) equals the ODI record of most fifties in a match.It was the second occasion at Sharjah.In India-Pakistan match on 15-10-1989 three Indians and three Pakistanis scored fifties.

  • Pakistan registered its 12th title win at Sharjah.

  • Waqar Younis won Man of the Match award for the 13th time in his career.

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