Stats Analysis

A rare chase by Australia

Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between Australia and South Africa in Melbourne

Bishen Jeswant
Bishen Jeswant
AB de Villiers was caught playing an awkward pull, Australia v South Africa, 4th ODI, Melbourne, November 21, 2014

AB de Villiers became the third batsman to score 7000 runs for South Africa  •  Getty Images

1 Instances of Australia beating South Africa at the MCG; this is the first. Australia had played South Africa on six previous occasions at this venue, going back to 1993, and had lost all six.
10 Instances of Australia completing a successful ODI chase after losing five wickets for 100 runs or fewer. The 268-run target that they achieved in this ODI is their highest in such chases.
0 Previous instances of Australia successfully chasing down a 250-plus target against South Africa in the last 12 years. The last time it happened before this game, was in 2002, when Australia achieved their target of 327 at Port Elizabeth.
104 Runs scored by Steven Smith. He is only the third Australian batsman in the last three years to score a century in a successful chase. Out of the last four instances of Australian batsman scoring a hundred in a successful chase, including two by Shane Watson, three have been at the MCG.
121 The sixth-wicket partnership between Smith and Matthew Wade - the highest for Australia after losing five wickets for 100 runs or fewer. The only other Australian pair to post 100-plus runs under the said circumstances are Mark Waugh and Simon O'Donnell, versus England, in 1991.
7060 Runs scored by AB de Villiers for South Africa. He went past the 7000-mark when on 31, during his innings of 91. He has scored 7210 runs in ODIs, including his 150 runs for Africa XI. De Villiers is only the third batsman to make 7000-plus runs for South Africa, after Jacques Kallis and Herschelle Gibbs
3 Instances of De Villiers being dismissed in the 90s in ODI cricket, two of those have been against Australia. The only other time he was dismissed in the 90s was against Sri Lanka in 2012.
45 Quinton de Kock's strike rate during his innings of 17 from 38-balls. This is De Kock's poorest strike rate when he has faced at least 15 balls in an ODI innings.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNCricinfo. @bishen_jeswant