An Australian capitulation

Statistical highlights, South Africa v Australia, 2nd ODI, Cape Town

  • Australia's capitulation for 93 is not something we normally associate with the best side in the world. In fact, only three times have they been dismissed for a lower total, as the table below shows. This is also the first time they have collapsed for a score below 100 in over 19 years.
  • Australia's five lowest totals in ODIs
    Total Overs faced Against At
    70 25.2 England Edgbaston, 1977
    70 26.3 New Zealand Adelaide, 1985-86
    91 35.4 West Indies Perth, 1986-87
    93 34.3 South Africa Cape Town, 2005-06
    101 33.5 England Melbourne, 1978-79
    Australia's previous lowest total against South Africa was 125 at Melbourne in 1997-98.
  • Australia's whopping defeat by 196 runs also escapes their worst defeat in ODIs when batting second, but it is their most comprehensive overseas.
  • Australia's five worst defeats in ODIs
    Margin (runs) Against At Season
    206 New Zealand Adelaide 1985-86
    196 South Africa Cape Town 2005-06
    164 West Indies Perth 1986-87
    133 West Indies Port-of-Spain 1994-95
    128 West Indies Melbourne 1981-82
  • Makhaya Ntini achieved his best bowling figures in ODIs (6 for 22) and claimed the South African record in the process, beating Allan Donald's 6 for 23 against Kenya at Nairobi in 1996-97. This was also the first time a South African bowler had taken six wickets in an ODI against Australia - the previous best was Nicky Boje's 5 for 21 in 2001-02, also at Cape Town.
  • Kanishkaa Balachandran is editorial assistant of Cricinfo. For some stats he was helped by Arun Gopalakrishnan