Australia v South Africa, Tri-series, Harare

Captain fires in rare 300-plus chase

Stats highlights from Harare where South Africa comfortably chased down a target of 328 against Australia

Shiva Jayaraman

August 27, 2014

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AB de Villiers' unbeaten 136 was the second highest ODI score by a South Africa captain © AFP

136 Runs hit by AB de Villiers in this match, which is the second highest score by a South Africa captain after Graeme Smith's 141 against England in Centurion in the 2009 Champions Trophy.

2 Centuries by South Africa captains against Australia in ODIs, including de Villiers' in this match. The only other century by a South African captain against Australia was an unbeaten 119 by Graeme Smith in a successful chase in 2006, in Centurion.

4 Matches South Africa have won chasing targets of 300 or more in ODIs out of 16 instances. The last time they won an ODI chasing a target of 300 or more was against West Indies in 2010. Their successful chase of 327 was also only the seventh time in 70 attempts that a team managed to overhaul a target of 300 or more against Australia. Three of these instances have come since October last year, when India managed to gun down two 300-plus totals against Australia at home.

7 Number of Australia bowlers who finished with an economy-rate of six or more, the highest in their ODI history. There have been only 15 instances before this match when seven or more bowlers from a team ended with an economy-rate of six or more. The only instance of eight bowlers from a team going for six or more runs an over came in Colombo in the 2008-09 season when India's bowlers were carted around by the Sri Lanka batsmen.

7 Number of centuries de Villiers now has as South Africa captain. He is only one hundred behind Smith whose eight ODI centuries are the most by a South Africa captain. Overall, de Villiers is joint fifth in the list of captains with most ODI hundreds. Ricky Ponting leads this list by a distance, with 22 tons.

5 Number of centuries Australia openers have hit against South Africa, including Finch's in this match. The last time an Australia opener hit a century against South Africa was in the 2007 World Cup when Matthew Hayden helped his team post 377 in the first innings.

5 Number of times both Australia openers have hit fifty-plus scores in an ODI against South Africa, including Finch and Phillip Hughes in this match. The last such instance came in Johannesburg in 2009 when Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke both got fifties.

3 Number of centuries scored by Aaron Frinch in 2014. Finch's 102 was the fourth ODI hundred of his career, meaning he now has 941 ODI runs at an average of 39.20. His three ODI centuries equal the most by any batsman this year. Hashim Amla and Kumar Sangakkara are the other batsmen with three ODI centuries in 2014.

8 Number of times three or more South Africa bowlers have conceded 60 or more runs in an innings. Their expensive outing on Wednesday was the third such instance against Australia, with the latest happening in the 2007 World Cup.

287.50 Mitchell Johnson's strike rate in his eight-ball 23 that gave a late surge to Australia's innings. Johnson's knock was the third-fastest innings of 20 or more runs by a No. 9 batsman in ODIs. Afghanistan's Dawlat Zadran hit a seven-ball 24 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo earlier this year, which is the fastest innings of 20 or more runs by a No. 9 batsman.

206 Runs added by AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis for the third wicket, which is now the third-highest partnership for any wicket against Australia in ODIs and only the fifth 200-plus partnership against them. The stand was also South Africa's seventh highest partnership for any wicket and the fourth highest for the third wicket.

320 Runs added by the third-wicket partnerships in this match, the sixth highest ever in ODI history. This was only the tenth time that teams added 300 or more for their third wicket partnerships in an ODI. The most runs added for the third wicket in an ODI also came recently, in an ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh two days ago, when the teams totaled 357 for the third wicket, with the hosts contributing 258 of those.

25 Number of 300-plus scores that South Africa have now conceded in ODIs, which is still the least by any team. Australia and Sri Lanka have hit six 300-plus totals each against them, which is the most. West Indies have conceded 300-plus totals on 29 occasions, which is the second lowest after South Africa. India are at the bottom of this list with 69 300-plus scores against them.

106 Runs scored by Du Plessis in this match - his first ODI hundred and his first score of fifty or more against Australia in four innings. Du Plessis is the first South Africa No. 3 since Herschelle Gibbs in the famous Johannesburg ODI to hit a century against Australia. Overall, there have been five centuries by South Africa's No. 3 batsmen against Australia.

3 Number of times South Africa's No. 3 and No. 4 have both hit centuries in an ODI. The last such instance came in 2010 against Zimbabwe, when JP Duminy and De Villiers got a century each batting at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

20 Number of runs Wayne Parnell conceded off the final over of Australia's innings, which equaled the second-most expensive 50th over by a South Africa bowler in ODIs since 2000. Jacques Kallis also conceded 20 runs in the final over against Pakistan in Lahore in 2003. Makhaya Ntini conceded 24 runs in the final over of an ODI against West Indies in 2008, which is the most expensive 50th over by a South Africa bowler since 2000.

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

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Posted by Winsome on (August 28, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

Not sure rare is the right word. There seems to be at least a couple a year against the Aussies!

Posted by Aroundthelegsgoogly on (August 28, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

What a superb effort. Amazing what proper batsmen can do in a sea of 20/20 specialists.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

This is really competitive cricket and ODI's should be played like this, this is cricket lovely cricket+

Posted by   on (August 27, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

It was 8 Balls, 10 Minutes, 23 runs, so the strike rate is correct, the number of balls faced was mixed up with the minutes at crease.

Posted by sanpal on (August 27, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

Johnson hit 23 off 8 ball, hence the strike rate of 287.50. He played for 10 minutes.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

Johnson score 23 Runs in 8 Balls within 10 Minutes so Strike Rate is 287.5

Posted by Shantaveer on (August 27, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

He hit 23 off 8 balls. Shiva Jayaraman got confused with 10 minutes off his innings.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

10 balls, 23 runs..shouldnt the strike rate be 230 instead of 287.5....is there any other formula you guys use to calculate strike rate?

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (August 27, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

If Johnson hit 23 off 10 balls, shouldn't his strike rate be 230? How is it 287.5?!

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