South Africa v India, 1st ODI, Johannesburg December 5, 2013

India's death-bowling woes, and fastest century stands

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from the 1st ODI between South Africa and India in Johannesburg
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  • Quinton de Kock's 135 in this match is the highest score by a South Africa opener against India in ODIs, beating Graeme Smith's unbeaten 134 at Kolkata in 2005. This was also De Kock's highest ODI score and second ton; he has scored 514 runs at 38.14 in 14 innings.

  • The 141-run margin of win for South Africa in this match is their second-biggest against India in ODIs. Their 157-run win in Durban in 2006 is their biggest win against India. This was also the fourth-biggest win at the New Wanderers in ODIs. India's 183-run win against Sri Lanka in the 2003 World Cup is the biggest margin of win in terms of runs at this venue.

  • India conceded 135 runs in their last ten overs of the match, which is the most they have conceded in the last ten in ODIs since 2000. Including this match, India have conceded 100 or more runs in the last 60 balls, 19 times- the second-highest after New Zealand, who have done so on 21 occasions. India ended up conceding exactly 100 runs in the last six overs, only the fifth time a team has conceded 100 or more in ODIs during those overs since 2000.

  • South Africa's 358 is their second-highest ODI score against India and their second-highest total at this venue. Click here for a list of the highest ODI totals by South Africa.

  • The 152-run partnership between Hashim Amla and de Kock was South Africa's first century stand for the opening wicket in 69 ODIs. The last time South Africa's openers added 100 or more runs in an ODI was also against India, in Ahmedabad in 2010. South African openers have now hit nine century partnerships against India, the most against any team. The opening stand was also South Africa's fifth-highest against India in ODIs.

  • South Africa's opening century partnership was only their third at the New Wanderers in 28 ODIs, and their first on this ground since Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten added 112 runs for the first wicket, also against India in 2001.

  • AB de Villiers completed 1000 ODI runs in 2013 when he crossed 26 during his 47-ball 77. He is the seventh batsman this year to do so. De Villiers has scored 1051 runs at an average of 50.04, and at a strike rate of 96.15 in 20 matches this year.

  • The 46-ball 105-run stand between De Villiers and JP Duminy was South Africa's second-fastest partnership of 100 or more runs in ODIs, and their fastest against India. The 46 balls the pair took to reach their 100 is the seventh-fastest in ODIs.

  • Duminy's unbeaten 59 was his 18th ODI half-century and his fourth against India. Duminy scored from just 29 balls at a strike rate of 203.44, which is the fastest innings of 50 or more runs that Duminy has played in ODIs.

  • There were four scores of fifty-plus runs in South Africa's innings, which is only the tenth time that South Africa have had four of their batsmen scoring fifty or more runs in an ODI. Two of these occasions have come against India.

  • Dale Steyn continued his excellent form with yet another stellar bowling display in this match. Steyn has now taken three or more wickets in four consecutive ODIs. In the last four ODIs, he has taken 17 wickets at 7.17 runs apiece, at a strike rate of 13.0. Steyn bowled three maidens in this match, only the fourth time he has done so on ODIs.

  • When MS Dhoni crossed 27 runs in his innings of 65, he became India's top scorer in ODIs as captain, going past Mohammad Azharuddin, who hit 5239 runs as India's skipper. Click here for a list of batsmen to have scored 5000 or more runs in ODIs as captain.

    Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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    • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | December 6, 2013, 17:35 GMT

      @Protea.titan and Mike Borchardr ........ Steyn was hit all over the park by Sanju Samson who still plays U-19,Dhoni hit Steyn for 50 odd in 3 overs, Steyn had no aswers for domestic baysmen in IPL all wickets he got were of tailenders who could not connect their bat to his pacy deliveries. Morkel was hit by almost every domestic player who will never even be considered for national duties. @Mike .. What I feel is you started watching cricket from last 4 or 5 ODIs and so you feel Steyn is unplayable... Just wait and watch he will be taken for cleaners even in SA. Hate to comment this way but had to do it becoz of some guys who think cricket is only played outside sub continent and players batting in subcontinent are not batsmen. How many times any team has scored or chased over 350 even in sub continent and most importantly cricket is a contest played in different conditions so plz respect players and I am a big fan of Steyn but had to comment like this :)

    • POSTED BY Cric_god_Sachin on | December 6, 2013, 10:14 GMT

      Totally support Cpt.Meanster here..I have seen (LIVE) steyn and morkel getting thrashed in IPL.. and @ Mike Borchardr as fasr as your comment goes, you are talking about SA's test record on a page which is talkingabout ODIs and also did u forget UAE in recent years.

    • POSTED BY Bongo_Bondhu on | December 6, 2013, 9:34 GMT

      Our batting will surely improve in the next match. We may reach 300 as well in one of the games. But I see very slim chances of our bowling improving. The hardwork of our batsmen will keep getting nullified by our insipid bowling. Against strong teams like SA & Aus, our bowling will regularly concede 350 while against weak opponents like WI, we will restrict them to around 260-280. thats how the recent trending been.

      Dhoni keeps complaining about the new rules on field restrictions. Those restrictions apply to every teams. But its Dhoni who complains the most because he has the weakest bowling attack which regularly concedes 120-140 runs in the last 10 overs.

    • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 9:22 GMT

      @Cpt Meanster you are clearly deluded or perhaps you have just started watching cricket!....SA have not been beaten in a test series overseas for years.... your comment "Steyn whacked by domestic Indian batsmen is hilarious"....you clearly know very little about cricket statistics....

    • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 6, 2013, 8:18 GMT

      And It's also reminds tht how great batsman India had (sachin, rahul, laxman, sourav) and how big sunil gavaskar was.

    • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 7:35 GMT

      India batsman are overrated because favour of Indian flat tracks.

    • POSTED BY Protea.Titan on | December 6, 2013, 7:20 GMT

      Cpt Meanster they way you carry on about Steyn being carted all around in India makes me wonder if you have ever bothered to glance at his stats in India, which totally contradict your statement. Give it a break man, its not working.

    • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 6:03 GMT

      Rohit Sharma`s 43 ball 18 runs remind me of his 200 runs inning in india, thats showed us how dead pitches favour averages of indian batsman ......

    • POSTED BY Udendra on | December 6, 2013, 5:29 GMT

      although the article reads "India's death-bowling woes" their weakness against pace also was prominent.

    • POSTED BY hagar009 on | December 6, 2013, 5:22 GMT

      a little bounce on wicket and facing fast bowlers... Indians again proved them as pathetic as ever on matches away from home....

    • POSTED BY viru-319-219 on | December 6, 2013, 17:35 GMT

      @Protea.titan and Mike Borchardr ........ Steyn was hit all over the park by Sanju Samson who still plays U-19,Dhoni hit Steyn for 50 odd in 3 overs, Steyn had no aswers for domestic baysmen in IPL all wickets he got were of tailenders who could not connect their bat to his pacy deliveries. Morkel was hit by almost every domestic player who will never even be considered for national duties. @Mike .. What I feel is you started watching cricket from last 4 or 5 ODIs and so you feel Steyn is unplayable... Just wait and watch he will be taken for cleaners even in SA. Hate to comment this way but had to do it becoz of some guys who think cricket is only played outside sub continent and players batting in subcontinent are not batsmen. How many times any team has scored or chased over 350 even in sub continent and most importantly cricket is a contest played in different conditions so plz respect players and I am a big fan of Steyn but had to comment like this :)

    • POSTED BY Cric_god_Sachin on | December 6, 2013, 10:14 GMT

      Totally support Cpt.Meanster here..I have seen (LIVE) steyn and morkel getting thrashed in IPL.. and @ Mike Borchardr as fasr as your comment goes, you are talking about SA's test record on a page which is talkingabout ODIs and also did u forget UAE in recent years.

    • POSTED BY Bongo_Bondhu on | December 6, 2013, 9:34 GMT

      Our batting will surely improve in the next match. We may reach 300 as well in one of the games. But I see very slim chances of our bowling improving. The hardwork of our batsmen will keep getting nullified by our insipid bowling. Against strong teams like SA & Aus, our bowling will regularly concede 350 while against weak opponents like WI, we will restrict them to around 260-280. thats how the recent trending been.

      Dhoni keeps complaining about the new rules on field restrictions. Those restrictions apply to every teams. But its Dhoni who complains the most because he has the weakest bowling attack which regularly concedes 120-140 runs in the last 10 overs.

    • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 9:22 GMT

      @Cpt Meanster you are clearly deluded or perhaps you have just started watching cricket!....SA have not been beaten in a test series overseas for years.... your comment "Steyn whacked by domestic Indian batsmen is hilarious"....you clearly know very little about cricket statistics....

    • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 6, 2013, 8:18 GMT

      And It's also reminds tht how great batsman India had (sachin, rahul, laxman, sourav) and how big sunil gavaskar was.

    • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 7:35 GMT

      India batsman are overrated because favour of Indian flat tracks.

    • POSTED BY Protea.Titan on | December 6, 2013, 7:20 GMT

      Cpt Meanster they way you carry on about Steyn being carted all around in India makes me wonder if you have ever bothered to glance at his stats in India, which totally contradict your statement. Give it a break man, its not working.

    • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 6:03 GMT

      Rohit Sharma`s 43 ball 18 runs remind me of his 200 runs inning in india, thats showed us how dead pitches favour averages of indian batsman ......

    • POSTED BY Udendra on | December 6, 2013, 5:29 GMT

      although the article reads "India's death-bowling woes" their weakness against pace also was prominent.

    • POSTED BY hagar009 on | December 6, 2013, 5:22 GMT

      a little bounce on wicket and facing fast bowlers... Indians again proved them as pathetic as ever on matches away from home....

    • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 4:46 GMT

      AH! it just reminds how fantastic Pakistan bowlers are :)

    • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 6, 2013, 4:40 GMT

      @EnglishCricket: Just like how Steyn and Morkel are overrated when they are carted all around the park in Indian grounds ? Please remember that every team plays well in their own conditions. Everyone knows how pathetic SA are outside of SA, especially in Asian conditions. Steyn is whacked by Indian domestic players in India during the IPL. Does that make him an overrated player ? Absolutely not. Try to make constructive arguments.

    • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 6, 2013, 4:37 GMT

      @Shurjil Butt: Complete disagree with you on the diet part. Peter Siddle, an Aussie, is a veggie. Sreeshanth who is a much better bowler than Bhuvi, Mohit and Ishant is a veggie. Kapil Dev was a veggie. So there many examples of quality Indian bowlers who were vegetarians. We don't need to eat beef and pork, no thanks. Cricket is made for people of all kinds. So your argument is invalid.

    • POSTED BY android_user on | December 6, 2013, 0:17 GMT

      well agree 50% and disagree on part where u said bat 1st make 250 260 n hope to defend well to defend 250 260 u need bowlers lyk saeed ajmal afridi or even hafeez spinners and junaid irfan n AnwerAli n bilawal bhatti who r 140+ overall u need a strong bowling unit to defend against SA but sorry 2 say rite now India doesnt ve any gud seamer nor spinner of tht calibare ..jadeja n ashwin r gud at subcon pitches but nt in SA lyk pak spinners won almost every match for pqk India s best bet is to bowl 1st stick to basics n contain around 250 to 270 and em sure India's batting can chase tht

    • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | December 6, 2013, 0:12 GMT

      Indian batsman are overrated. With the exception of Kohli, the rest of their so called "superstars" are just flat track bullies.

    • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | December 5, 2013, 23:58 GMT

      This debacle was caused by selection blunder. Our Selectors have been giving chances to trundlers like Vinay Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Unadkat, etc for last one year when they should have tried genuine pacers like Imtiaz Ahmed, Rishi Dhawan, Ishwar Pandey, etc. You reap what you sow.

    • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | December 5, 2013, 22:49 GMT

      If I could enter my TV and came out on the ground on the other side, I would have done so and would have taken the class of all the bowlers ! It's been said and watched so many times there are talks of "short ball". Indian bowlers do not have speed, thus bowling short is asking for trouble. Why are they not bowling the yorkers?

      I can't understand what the bowlers have in their minds? Totally indisciplined bowling, no line, no length, the ball was delivered all over the pitch. I wonder whether the players listen to what the commentators have to say, after the match? Doesn't seems so as there is no improvement at all.

      I think each player should be fined for their poor performance in batting and bowling, otherwise there seems to be no hope, the bowlers have made the same mistakes again and again in the last 8-10 matches !

    • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2013, 22:41 GMT

      Its pretty simple. Admit it that indian bowling has been pathetic since many years .. The only reason they have been winning is the fact that India has very good batting giants. But of course they will not always score specially when they are batting outside sub continent. The way Steyn owned Rohit initially speaks for Steyn's class. Getting hit for 30 runs like Ishant Sharma or 84 runs in last 5 overs is indeed a worrisome sign for indian bowling. As for Indian bowlers having pace like Steyn and Morkal, that can not and won't be the case ever. You need good diet , exercise ,, specially meat to develop such muscles and pace and vegetarians I am afraid should never call them "genuine" fast bowlers ...

    • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 5, 2013, 21:07 GMT

      It is very simple. Indian bowling let India down. NO WAY SA should have scored in excess of 250. 84 runs in the last 5 overs is simply unacceptable. Goes to show Indian bowling issues is like a lingering chronic disorder. Unfortunately, our bowlers don't have pace like Steyn and Morkel. Honestly, our batting suffered because of the daunting target. I am sure India would have chased down anything between 250-260. To chase down 358 in SA is next to impossible. Even SA would have struggled to chase that down batting second. The pitch had plenty of swing and bounce. A potent combination that could destroy any batting line up. Add to that, Steyn and Morkel - the best bowling combination in world cricket. It won't be easy for India even in the next game. India's best bet is to win the toss and bat first. Make 250-260 at least and then hope to defend it.

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    • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 5, 2013, 21:07 GMT

      It is very simple. Indian bowling let India down. NO WAY SA should have scored in excess of 250. 84 runs in the last 5 overs is simply unacceptable. Goes to show Indian bowling issues is like a lingering chronic disorder. Unfortunately, our bowlers don't have pace like Steyn and Morkel. Honestly, our batting suffered because of the daunting target. I am sure India would have chased down anything between 250-260. To chase down 358 in SA is next to impossible. Even SA would have struggled to chase that down batting second. The pitch had plenty of swing and bounce. A potent combination that could destroy any batting line up. Add to that, Steyn and Morkel - the best bowling combination in world cricket. It won't be easy for India even in the next game. India's best bet is to win the toss and bat first. Make 250-260 at least and then hope to defend it.

    • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2013, 22:41 GMT

      Its pretty simple. Admit it that indian bowling has been pathetic since many years .. The only reason they have been winning is the fact that India has very good batting giants. But of course they will not always score specially when they are batting outside sub continent. The way Steyn owned Rohit initially speaks for Steyn's class. Getting hit for 30 runs like Ishant Sharma or 84 runs in last 5 overs is indeed a worrisome sign for indian bowling. As for Indian bowlers having pace like Steyn and Morkal, that can not and won't be the case ever. You need good diet , exercise ,, specially meat to develop such muscles and pace and vegetarians I am afraid should never call them "genuine" fast bowlers ...

    • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | December 5, 2013, 22:49 GMT

      If I could enter my TV and came out on the ground on the other side, I would have done so and would have taken the class of all the bowlers ! It's been said and watched so many times there are talks of "short ball". Indian bowlers do not have speed, thus bowling short is asking for trouble. Why are they not bowling the yorkers?

      I can't understand what the bowlers have in their minds? Totally indisciplined bowling, no line, no length, the ball was delivered all over the pitch. I wonder whether the players listen to what the commentators have to say, after the match? Doesn't seems so as there is no improvement at all.

      I think each player should be fined for their poor performance in batting and bowling, otherwise there seems to be no hope, the bowlers have made the same mistakes again and again in the last 8-10 matches !

    • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | December 5, 2013, 23:58 GMT

      This debacle was caused by selection blunder. Our Selectors have been giving chances to trundlers like Vinay Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Unadkat, etc for last one year when they should have tried genuine pacers like Imtiaz Ahmed, Rishi Dhawan, Ishwar Pandey, etc. You reap what you sow.

    • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | December 6, 2013, 0:12 GMT

      Indian batsman are overrated. With the exception of Kohli, the rest of their so called "superstars" are just flat track bullies.

    • POSTED BY android_user on | December 6, 2013, 0:17 GMT

      well agree 50% and disagree on part where u said bat 1st make 250 260 n hope to defend well to defend 250 260 u need bowlers lyk saeed ajmal afridi or even hafeez spinners and junaid irfan n AnwerAli n bilawal bhatti who r 140+ overall u need a strong bowling unit to defend against SA but sorry 2 say rite now India doesnt ve any gud seamer nor spinner of tht calibare ..jadeja n ashwin r gud at subcon pitches but nt in SA lyk pak spinners won almost every match for pqk India s best bet is to bowl 1st stick to basics n contain around 250 to 270 and em sure India's batting can chase tht

    • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 6, 2013, 4:37 GMT

      @Shurjil Butt: Complete disagree with you on the diet part. Peter Siddle, an Aussie, is a veggie. Sreeshanth who is a much better bowler than Bhuvi, Mohit and Ishant is a veggie. Kapil Dev was a veggie. So there many examples of quality Indian bowlers who were vegetarians. We don't need to eat beef and pork, no thanks. Cricket is made for people of all kinds. So your argument is invalid.

    • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 6, 2013, 4:40 GMT

      @EnglishCricket: Just like how Steyn and Morkel are overrated when they are carted all around the park in Indian grounds ? Please remember that every team plays well in their own conditions. Everyone knows how pathetic SA are outside of SA, especially in Asian conditions. Steyn is whacked by Indian domestic players in India during the IPL. Does that make him an overrated player ? Absolutely not. Try to make constructive arguments.

    • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 4:46 GMT

      AH! it just reminds how fantastic Pakistan bowlers are :)

    • POSTED BY hagar009 on | December 6, 2013, 5:22 GMT

      a little bounce on wicket and facing fast bowlers... Indians again proved them as pathetic as ever on matches away from home....