South Africa v Australia, 2nd ODI, Cape Town March 4, 2006

An Australian capitulation

Statistical highlights, South Africa v Australia, 2nd ODI, Cape Town

  • Australia's capitulation for 93 is not something we normally associate with the best side in the world. In fact, only three times have they been dismissed for a lower total, as the table below shows. This is also the first time they have collapsed for a score below 100 in over 19 years.

    Australia's five lowest totals in ODIs
    Total Overs faced Against At
    70 25.2 England Edgbaston, 1977
    70 26.3 New Zealand Adelaide, 1985-86
    91 35.4 West Indies Perth, 1986-87
    93 34.3 South Africa Cape Town, 2005-06
    101 33.5 England Melbourne, 1978-79

    Australia's previous lowest total against South Africa was 125 at Melbourne in 1997-98.

  • Australia's whopping defeat by 196 runs also escapes their worst defeat in ODIs when batting second, but it is their most comprehensive overseas.

    Australia's five worst defeats in ODIs
    Margin (runs) Against At Season
    206 New Zealand Adelaide 1985-86
    196 South Africa Cape Town 2005-06
    164 West Indies Perth 1986-87
    133 West Indies Port-of-Spain 1994-95
    128 West Indies Melbourne 1981-82

  • Makhaya Ntini achieved his best bowling figures in ODIs (6 for 22) and claimed the South African record in the process, beating Allan Donald's 6 for 23 against Kenya at Nairobi in 1996-97. This was also the first time a South African bowler had taken six wickets in an ODI against Australia - the previous best was Nicky Boje's 5 for 21 in 2001-02, also at Cape Town.

    Kanishkaa Balachandran is editorial assistant of Cricinfo. For some stats he was helped by Arun Gopalakrishnan

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