1st Match, South Africa v New Zealand, Statistical Highlights

  • It was the 1641st ODI in cricket history.

  • It was South Africa's 211th and New Zealand's 357th ODI.

  • It was the 22nd match between these two sides. The record now reads: South Africa 12, New Zealand 7, no result 3.

  • It was the 50th 'no result' match in ODIs. It was the 18th abandoned match for New Zealand and the 6th for South Africa. New Zealand has now appeared in most abandoned matches alongwith India.

  • It was the 1st match at North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom. Potchefstroom became South Africa's 11th and 135th ground in the world to host a ODI match.

  • Potchefstroom also became the 36th venue to host a floodlit match.

  • Umpires Rudi Koertzen and Dave Orchard officiated in their 63rd and 61st match respectively.

  • Lance Klusener played his 100th match. He became South Africa's 9th and 109th player overall to do so.

  • Nicky Boje scored his maiden ODI hundred in his 45th match. His 105* is perhaps the ninth hundred by a pinch hitter in ODIs. The complete list:ScoreBallsSRBatsmanPos Opp VenueDate
    169* 143 118.18 D Callaghan (SA) 2 NZ Centurion 11-12-1994 130 124 104.84 C Harris (NZ) 5 Aus Chennai 11-03-1996 127 121 104.96 B McMillan (SA) 3 Zim Harare 21-10-1995 110 135 81.48 S Law (Aus) 2 Zim Hobart BO 08-12-1994 106 139 76.26 M Rindel (SA) 2 Pak Johannesburg 12-01-1995 105* 93 112.90 N Boje (SA) 3 NZ Potchefstroom 20-10-2000 102 40 255.00 S Afridi (Pak) 3 SL Nairobi Gym 04-10-1996 101* 96 105.21 C Sharma (Ind) 4 Eng Kanpur 25-10-1989 100 102 98.04 R Singh (Ind) 3 SL Colombo SSC 23-08-1997

    Note: The above list has been prepared on the basis of actual circumstances in which the batsmen were compelled to go up the order than usual batting positions. Readers are invited to add to this list.

    Boje's hundred came off only 89 balls, which is the fastest for South Africa in ODIs. The previous record was held by Jacques Kallis (113*) who took 91 balls to reach his hundred against Sri Lanka at Dhaka on 30-10-1998.