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South Africa v Australia, 5th ODI, Johannesburg

It all happened at The Wanderers

Statistical highlights, 5th ODI

Kanishkaa Balachandran

March 13, 2006

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  • South Africa's 438 for 9 is the highest total in ODIs beating the previous best by, well, a few hours. In fact, the last 12 months have seen a couple of astonishing team totals close to the 400 mark, like England's 391 for 4 against Bangladesh and New Zealand's 397 for 5 against Zimbabwe. Click here for a full list of highest team scores. This also equals the highest total in List-A games (inclusive of domestic limited-overs games): Surrey had made 438 for 5 against Glamorgan at The Oval in 2002. Click here for the full list of highest team totals in List-A matches.

  • South Africa have broken the world record for the highest successful chase in ODIs. Australia now have the embarrassing record of being at the receiving end of the two highest successful chases in ODIs. The previous record was not too long ago - when they conceded 332 against New Zealand at Christchurch in December, another record-breaking match as the tables will indicate below.

  • A total of 872 runs were scored in this match, making it the highest match aggregate in ODIs, going past the previous highest of 693, made by India and Pakistan at Karachi in 2004. Click here for the full list of highest match aggregates.

  • Mick Lewis, who conceded a whopping 113 runs, has the most expensive bowling figures in a ten-over spell in ODIs. He went past Muttiah Muralitharan, who held the previous record not too long ago, in the second final of the VB Series against Australia. Murali went for 99 runs and certainly wouldn't mind settling for second place.

  • Australia have lost a bilateral ODI series for the first time since June 2002, when they lost a three-match series to Pakistan 1-2.

  • Herschelle Gibbs's 175 is the tenth-highest individual score in ODIs and the second-highest by a South African, after Gary Kirsten's 188 against UAE in the 1996 World Cup. Click here for the list of highest individual scores.

  • The blinding knocks by Ricky Ponting and Herschelle Gibbs rank among the four most explosive knocks by batsmen who have made 130 or more in an ODI innings. Sanath Jayasuriya's 134 off 69 balls against Pakistan at Singapore is on top, with a strike rate of 194.20, while Ijaz's 139 not out off 84 came at 165.48 runs per 100 balls. Gibbs is third with a strike rate of 157.65 (175 off 111 balls) and Ponting comes fourth with 156.19 (164 off 105 balls).

  • One can be pardoned for mistaking this to be a Twenty 20 match. Fans at the Wanderers could well have gone home with cricked necks, watching the number of hits sail over the ropes. As many as 87 fours and 26 sixes were hit in all, making it another world record. The tables below list out the top-five in each category.

    Most sixes in a match
    Number Match At
    26 South Africa v Australia Johannesburg, 2005-06
    21 New Zealand v Australia Christchurch, 2005-06
    21 Sri Lanka v Kenya Kandy, 1996
    20 New Zealand v Australia Christchurch, 1999-00
    20 Pakistan v Sri Lanka Nairobi, 1996-97

    Most fours in a match
    Number Match At
    87 South Africa v Australia Johannesburg, 2005-06
    79 Pakistan v India Peshawar, 2005-06
    73 Pakistan v India Lahore, 2005-06
    66 England v Bangladesh Trent Bridge, 2005
    65 New Zealand v Australia Christchurch, 2005-06

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

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