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

  • 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

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    • Anudeep 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 :)

    • Gaurav 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.

    • Bongo 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.

    • Dummy4 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" clearly know very little about cricket statistics....

    • ESPN 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.

    • Dummy4 on December 6, 2013, 7:35 GMT

      India batsman are overrated because favour of Indian flat tracks.

    • Rebaone 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.

    • Dummy4 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 ......

    • udendra on December 6, 2013, 5:29 GMT

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

    • Faraz 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....

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