South Africa v India, 2nd ODI, Durban December 8, 2013

India's Durban woes, Amla's 4000-run milestone

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from the 2nd ODI between South Africa and India at Kingsmead, Durban

  • Hashim Amla became the fastest batsman to 4000 runs in ODIs, getting there in 81 innings. He reached the landmark when he crossed 61 runs in Durban. Amla has taken seven innings fewer than Viv Richards, who held the previous record for the fastest to 4000 ODI runs. Among South Africa batsmen, AB de Villiers was the fastest before Amla, having reached the landmark in his 105th innings, against Pakistan in Dubai in 2010. Amla is also the fastest batsman to 2000 and 3000 ODI runs. Click here for a list of batsmen fastest to 4000 ODI runs.

  • Amla scored his 12th ODI hundred in this match. He is now the fastest batsman to 12 ODI hundreds, beating Virat Kohli who brought up his 12th hundred in his 83rd innings. Upul Tharanga - joint-third on the list - took 119 innings as did Marcus Trescothick. Herschelle Gibbs, Saeed Anwar and AB de Villiers took 120 innings. Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis - the other two South Africa batsmen to cross the landmark - took 160 and 181 innings respectively.

  • Quinton de Kock hit his second successive ODI hundred and his third ton in the last month. He is the third South Africa opener, after Gibbs and Amla, to hit centuries in back-to-back ODIs. While Gibbs hit three consecutive hundreds in 2002, Amla scored his tons against Zimbabwe in 2010.

  • In addition to contributing with the bat, De Kock also took four catches in India's innings. He is only the fifth wicketkeeper to hit a hundred and collect four dismissals in an ODI and the second South Africa wicketkeeper after his captain, De Villiers.

  • De Kock - who is 20 years and 356 days old today - is only the fourth batsman in ODIs to hit three or more centuries before turning 21. Paul Stirling of Ireland hit four ODI hundreds - the most any batsman has hit before completing 21 years. Tamim Iqbal and Shahriar Nafees of Bangladesh hit three each before they turned 21. Click here for a list of youngest batsmen to hit hundreds in ODIs.

  • India's 134-run loss was their fourth-heaviest defeat against South Africa while chasing in ODIs. Three of the top four losses have come at Kingsmead, Durban. Including this match, the margins of defeat for India in their last-three ODIs at this venue are: 134 runs (this match), 135 runs (2011) and 157 runs (2006). Clearly, Durban has not been a favourable venue for India - they have lost six of the seven ODIs against South Africa here. Among away venues, where India have played a minimum of five ODIs, Durban ranks as the third-worst venue for India in terms of win-loss ratio.

  • Both the South Africa openers got hundreds today - only the second such instance for the side in ODIs. The only other time both South Africa openers scored tons also came against India, in Kochi in 2000, when Gary Kirsten and Gibbs hit hundreds.

  • The 194-run partnership between de Kock and Amla was the second-highest opening stand for South Africa in ODIs. Kirsten and Gibbs' opening stand of 235 runs against India in Kochi in 2000 is the only instance of South Africa openers sharing a double-century partnership. The stand was also the highest opening partnership in ODIs at Kingsmead, beating the 170 runs added by Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden against the hosts in 2002.

  • The stand between Amla and de Kock was only the fourth instance of South Africa openers adding century partnerships in successive ODIs. The last time South Africa openers added 100 or more in successive ODIs was in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies when De Villiers and Graeme Smith added 134 runs against Scotland and followed that up with a 160-run partnership against Australia, both in Basseterre, St Kitts. De Villiers and Smith were also involved in successive partnerships in Centurion, against India and Pakistan in 2006-07. The first time South Africa openers achieved this landmark was in the 1992 World Cup when Andrew Hudson and Kepler Wessels added 151 against England at the MCG, followed by a 128-run stand between Hudson and Peter Kirsten against India at the Adelaide Oval.

  • Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli got out for ducks in this match, only the 13th time that two batsmen from India's top order (No. 1 to No. 3) were out for zero in an ODI. It was also the fourth time that Indian batsmen batting at No. 2 and No. 3 were out for ducks in the same match.

    Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at

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    • Daryl on December 10, 2013, 10:49 GMT

      @Shan156 although the Mighty Hash is currently smashing all of Kohli's records, one thing you are correct about is that with Kohli being just 25 years of age, he really is well placed to become an all time great. He too however has benefited significantly from an average of 70+ against Neth/Zim/Bang/Ireland. The only records of Richards, that both Tendulkar and Kohli have broken, is the number of runs scored and games played. The test series really is going to be a litmus test for India and I really hope they put up a better showing than they have done on tour so far. I've been looking forward to this massive showdown all year! Good luck to all!

    • Shanmugam on December 10, 2013, 0:46 GMT

      @Vikas Bhutani, exactly. India have their eyes set on the tests this time and are taking these ODIs as practice for the big prize. Shami already has Kallis' number. They are also too far ahead in the ODI rankings that these blips do not matter at all. Once they get used to the conditions, you will see real India. India will win the test series this time. A lot of SA fans may laugh their heart out but the tests will come as a rude awakening for them. Wait and watch.

    • Shanmugam on December 10, 2013, 0:43 GMT

      @Daryll111, "how many other batsman since 1984 have managed to even get close to Viv Richards awesome records?" I know at least 2 Indian batsmen who are not just close to Viv Richards but are actually better - Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. Virat is just 25, imagine his records 10 years from now. Despite his duck here, at the moment, no batsmen in the world is as good as Dhoni or Kohli in ODIs.

    • Daryl on December 9, 2013, 10:26 GMT

      @Robert Eddings. To my surprise and if my calculations are correct, The Mighty Hash would have achieved 3000 runs in his 64th ODI innings (if you discount all 14 innings against Neth/Zim/Bang/Ireland). This would still place him first on the list by some distance as quickest to 3000 runs. Also if you consider the modern era, how many other batsman since 1984 have managed to even get close to Viv Richards awesome records? What a legend in any era and a true sportsman. Only the Hash could be embarrassed by his ability!

    • Manesh on December 9, 2013, 5:45 GMT

      Congrats to SA. Now Indian bowlers did resealable performance but batsmen (especially top order) did suicide. Kohli and Dhavan needs to be cautious as they are the one to steady the inngs. Hope, India will learn from the mistakes and bounce back in the next game.

    • Rafid on December 9, 2013, 3:55 GMT

      now it seems that pakistan played lot better than India in SA.Pak team deserve all credits.It is really tough to win a series against SA as a visiting team.

    • Dummy4 on December 9, 2013, 2:46 GMT

      India needs to make their pitches as bouncy as possible to cope with overseas pitches

    • siddhartha on December 9, 2013, 1:50 GMT

      Luckily this series was reduced 3 ODI's and 2 tests :D

    • Dummy4 on December 8, 2013, 23:30 GMT

      I still support Indian cricket team even though they lost the series. It was a mistake done by BCCI because they didn't plan the tour properly. I am watching these ODI's as practice matches for Test series. I hope India will play better cricket in the Test series. GOOD LUCK INDIA.

    • Dummy4 on December 8, 2013, 21:15 GMT

      India looks like lion at his own home.

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