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Gibbs's fetish for ducks, and Pollock's second coming

Makhaya Ntini's explosive spell with the new ball not only ensured South Africa a place in the semi-finals, but also put them on top of their group. Here're a few significant numbers from their match against Pakistan at Mohali.

18.72 - Makhaya Ntini's bowling average in ODIs against Pakistan. In 15 matches he has taken 29 wickets

29-13 - South Africa's win-loss in ODIs against Pakistan. In the last 17 matches between the two teams South Africa have won 13

89 - Pakistan's total, which is their lowest in ODIs against South Africa, beating the 109 they made at Johannesburg in 1994-95

16 - The contribution of extras in Pakistan's total. Among their batsmen, only Yasir Arafat scored more

49.31 - Mark Boucher's batting average in the ODIs he has played in 2006. He has scored one century and five fifties during this period

64 - Justin Kemp's score in his first ODI against Pakistan. He had played 58 ODIs before the Mohali game, but none of them were against Pakistan

20 - The number of ducks by Herschelle Gibbs in ODIs. Only five batsmen - Chaminda Vaas (21), Muttiah Muralitharan (23), Romesh Kaluwitharana (24), Wasim Akram and Sanath Jayasuriya (28 each) - have been dismissed without scoring more often

19.27 & 3.10 - Shaun Pollock's bowling average and economy rate in his last 20 ODIs