Australia v South Africa, tri-series, Harare

Steyn disappears for three consecutive sixes

Stats highlights from Australia's 62-run win against South Africa in Harare

S Rajesh

September 2, 2014

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Only two South African batsmen have scored a higher percentage of their team's runs in an ODI than Faf du Plessis' 126 out of 220 in Harare © AFP

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.

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Posted by Micky.Panda on (September 4, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

Its great to find another genuine all-rounder in Mitchell Marsh if he can maintain this sort of form. Added to Watto and Faulkner, that allows the team to bat very deep, especially if big hitters like Johnson or Cutting are also playing. We are not quite blessed with a genuine spinning all rounder. Would be good if Clark could bowl a bit, Maxwell a bit, and/or Smith a bit. Australia would do well to find a way to get M. Hussey back for any important competition, as need good solid reliable batsmen. Could have a team that bats right down to number 10. Obviously still need a spinner or two in side depending on the track. I think any bowlers that don't bat well should be very tight economy bowlers. Bird could be tried to see if he can dry up the runs. Who is Australia's best economy bowler? Obviously Ryan Harris would be in if fit, or Bolliinger is generally good with wickets and economy.

Posted by JohannK on (September 3, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

Australian wickets will be very different from those in this series. So the intelligence gained is of little value. Johnson will be far more lethal in Aus, and so will Steyn. We also don't know how well Morkel and McLaren will do there, as their confidence might have taken an unnecessary dip in Zim. Tahir and Phangiso might look the part in spin friendly conditions, but in Aus they might come unstuck. This series should have been played in Australia, rather than the A teams of SA and Aus playing there over the past couple of months.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

It sabout change in format.Many rules,now a days are going against bowlers in ODIs that they are restricted to bowl as they want and margin of error is very less, specially for quickmen.Steyn is excellent tes match bowler and here also comes the partnerships in bowling with philander and morkel.Creating pressure from one end and getting wickets from other is a skill.In ODIs what happens is, because of limited overs captains need their best bowlers in death overs,hence not much of pressure builds on the opponent team's batsmen.Short spells don't do anything in limited overs cricket , hre the importance of test cricket comes it is about planning,consistent bowling, come aggressiveness and trapping batsmen with skill.

Posted by Haleos on (September 3, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha -- The same way non spin friendly nations churn out the pitches which favor the fast men? Grow up. The different conditions make cricket interesting. Stop moaning about spin friendly pitches bcoz ur batsman can nto cope with it. Do we expect spinning pitches in Eng, SA, Aus, NZ?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (September 3, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

@Thebigboopa. Settle down big man , only stating because of their pace they go to the fence quickly due to field placements and batsmen trying to score.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

when conditions are good for bowling STYEN has defeated the batsmen ALL the time but when conditions are good for batting STYEN has defeated the batsmen MOST of the time. He's bound to have a bad day , his last bad day was back in 2010

Posted by   on (September 3, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

@yousuf: if u think steyn is overrated, nothing much to say to you....i think you need to get your basics right....every bowler gets smacked depending on the condiitions of the pitch and all....and please dont bring ipl here in international cricket...zaheer is already past 34 and when is he gonna come ahead of steyn....i think the steyn spell of 6/8 is still haunting you....

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (September 3, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

Steyn is highly overrated. He was smashed out of the park by our local boys at the IPL. Here also he is the most expensive. Zaheer, Bhuvi, Shami, Varun, etc will be way ahead him very soon.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (September 3, 2014, 1:59 GMT)

Say what, Jamie? You are saying Johnson is not a successful ODI bowler? In what universe is that true? As for spinners being more successful, this is only true on the increasing number of "dry turners" that spin-centric cricketing nations churn out for their own benefit.

Posted by Chris_P on (September 2, 2014, 21:13 GMT)

@Jamie Moneghan Without 3 or 4 slips and a gully, it does open up run scoring opportunities, plus the flat pitches prepared for one dayers allows batsmen a lot more confidence.

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