• It was the 1655th ODI in cricket history.

  • It was South Africa's 216th and New Zealand's 362nd ODI.

  • It was the 27th match between these two sides. The record now reads: South Africa 17, New Zealand 7, no result 3.

  • Umpires Rudi Koertzen and Ian Howell officiated in their 66th and third match respectively.

  • Shafiek Abrahams made his ODI debut. He became the 62nd player to represent South Africa in the shorter version of the game at highest level.

  • Roger Twose made his maiden ODI hundred in his 75th match after scoring 20 fifties. His previous highest was 97 against West Indies at Christchurch on 11-01-2000.

  • Jacques Kallis' figures of 5-0-52-0 (RpO 10.40) are the most expensive by a South African in a five over spell. Interestingly the previous record for South Africa was also in the name of Kallis who conceded 51 runs in his five overs against Pakistan at Durban on 03-04-1998. Incidentally the worst figures by any bowler in a five over spell is 5-0-62-0 by India's Saurav Ganguly against Pakistan at Toronto on 19-09-1998. The following table lists the most expensive figures in a five over spells in ODIs :

    RPO  Balls Runs  Wkts  For  Vs  Venue           Season
    SC Ganguly  12.4  30    62     0   Ind  Pak Toronto         19-09-1998
    G Matthews  10.8  30    54     0   Aus  Ind Delhi (FSK)     02-10-1986
    HT Davis    10.8  30    54     0   NZ   Ind Bangalore       14-05-1997
    SV Bahutule 10.6  30    53     0   Ind  Pak Dhaka           16-01-1998
    AB Agarkar  10.4  30    52     0   Ind  Pak Sharjah         16-04-1999
    GJ Whittall 10.4  30    52     1   Zim  Aus Delhi (FSK)     11-04-1998
    JH Kallis   10.4  30    52     0   SA   NZ  Cape Town       04-11-2000
    SLV Raju    10.2  30    51     1   Ind  Pak Singapore       05-04-1996
    DS Mohanty  10.2  30    51     0   Ind  Aus Kochi           01-04-1998
    M Amarnath  10.0  30    50     1   Ind  Pak Lahore (Gd.)    31-12-1982
    JH Kallis   10.0  30    50     0   SA   Pak Kingsmead       03-04-1998
    CN Evans    10.0  30    50     1   Zim  Ind Kallang         04-09-1999
    

  • The fourth wicket partnership of 150 runs between Twose and Chris Cairns is New Zealand's best for this wicket against South Africa. This obliterates the previous record stand of 102 between Twose and Parore at Christchurch on 17-02-1999.

  • The unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 69 runs between Klusener and debutant Abrahams is South Africa's best for this wicket against New Zealand. This obliterates the previous record stand of 53 between Jacques Kallis and Klusener at Dunedin on 14-02-1999.

  • The victory was South Africa's third off the last ball of the match. Interestingly on all three occasions Lance Klusener was there at the crease hitting the winning runs twice. Overall it was the 17th instance in ODI when a team registered a win off the last ball of the match while chasing a target. The details:

    Winner  Score   Loser  Total  Venue        Date       Series

    Eng 212- 7 Pak 208- 6 Sahiwal 23-12-1977 [Pak] Aus 140- 8 WI 139 Castries 12-04-1978 Guiness Trophy WI 128- 6 Pak 127- 9 Karachi(NS) 21-11-1980 [Pak] Pak 214- 9 NZ 213- 8 Multan 07-12-1984 Wills Series Aus 178- 8 Eng 177- 8 Sharjah 24-03-1985 Rothman's Trophy Eng 230- 5 WI 229- 3 PortofSpain 04-03-1986 [WI] Pak 248- 9 Ind 245- 7 Sharjah 18-04-1986 Australasia Cup Pak 217- 9 WI 216 Lahore(Gd) 16-10-1987 World Cup WI 216- 7 Eng 214- 8 Kingston 03-03-1990 Cable & Wireless Eng 224- 6 Ind 223- 3 Jaipur 18-01-1993 [Ind] Aus 173- 9 WI 172- 9 Sydney(SCG) 01-01-1996 B&H WSC NZ 260- 5 Zim 258- 7 Dhaka 01-10-1998 ICC Knockout SA 160- 8 WI 154- 4 Johannesburg 23-01-1999 [WI] SA 194- 8 NZ 191 Napier 26-03-1999 [NZ] Pak 196- 8 Ind 195 Brisbane 10-01-2000 C&U WSC Zim 223- 8 SA 222- 7 Durban 02-02-2000 Standard Bank SA 258- 7 NZ 256- 9 Cape Town 04-11-2000 [NZ]

  • Klusener ended the match in South Africa's favour by hitting a four off the last ball of the match bowled by Geoff Allott. It was the second occasion when Lance Klusener won a match by hitting a four or six off the last ball of the match. The other such occasion was also against New Zealand at Napier on 26-03-1999. Klusener had then dispatched Dion Nash's delivery for a six.

  • Klusener has now aggregated 2490 runs in 105 matches and has faced only 2764 balls making a scoring rate of 90.08 which is the fifth highest among all the batsmen with at least 2000 runs in a career. The top position is held by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi who has made his 2673 runs in 120 matches at a scoring rate of 98.45 followed by India's Kapil Dev (Scoring Rate 94.41), West Indian Viv Richards (Scoring Rate 90.59) and Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya (Scoring Rate 90.28)

  • Klusener won the Man of the Match award for the 18th time in his career. He has now equalled Hansie Cronje's tally of awards for South Africa.

  • At the end of the series: Overall ODI record:

    South Africa: Played 216, won 133, lost 75, tied 2 and abandoned 6. New Zealand: Played 362, won 147, lost 193, tied 4 and abandoned 18.

    Captaincy record:

    Shaun Pollock: Played 23, won 13, lost 8, tied one and abandoned one. Stephen Fleming: Played 79, won 30, lost 41, tied one and abandoned 7.