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Stats highlights from Australia's 62-run win against South Africa in Harare
September 2, 2014
62 The margin of victory for Australia; also the number of runs they scored in the last four overs of their innings, which propelled them from 220 after 46 overs, to 282 after 50. Australia scored the following number of runs in each of the last four overs: 21 off Dale Steyn, 16 off Ryan McLaren, 9 off Morne Morkel, and 16 off McLaren.
3 The number of times a South African No. 3 batsman has scored more than 126 against one of the top seven Test-playing teams, excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Including all opposition, du Plessis' knock is the eighth-best score for a South African No. 3 in ODIs.
57.3 The percentage of South Africa's runs scored by du Plessis, which is the third-best for South Africa in a completed ODI innings. The two higher ones are Gary Kirsten's unbeaten 188 out of South Africa's 321 in the 1996 World Cup against UAE, and Herschelle Gibbs' unbeaten 59 out of 101 against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2000.
86 Mitchell Marsh's score, the third-best in ODIs by a No. 6 batsman against South Africa, after Chris Cairns' unbeaten 102 and Ajay Jadeja's 92.
168.6 Marsh's strike rate in his innings of 86 is the fourth-best - and the best by an Australian - for a batsman at No. 6 or lower in an ODI innings in which he faced at least 50 balls. The best is Shahid Afridi's 124 off 60 balls (strike rate 206.66) in Dambulla in 2010.
3 The number of sixes that were hit off Dale Steyn in the 47th over of the Australian innings. It was the first time Steyn's disappeared for three sixes in an over in international cricket. He has been hit for two in an over five times in ODIs, three times in Tests, and twice in Twenty20 internationals.
5 The number of times Steyn has gone at more than seven runs an over, when he has bowled at least eight overs in an ODI. The last such instance was in November 2010 against Pakistan in Dubai, when he conceded 79 from 10 overs.
60 The number of instances of batsmen getting out hit-wicket. Du Plessis' score of 126 is the highest among those 60 instances. The only other batsman to get out in this manner after scoring a century is Virat Kohli, for 107 against England in Cardiff in 2011.
133 The margin by which Zimbabwe need to beat South Africa to eliminate them from the final, if Zimbabwe bat first and score 250. If South Africa bat first and score 200, Zimbabwe will need to chase the total down in about 23.3 overs.
S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstatsFeeds: S Rajesh
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