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Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock and all the records they broke

Malan's 177 is the fourth-highest individual score for South Africa while de Kock crossed 10,000 international runs as wicketkeeper

Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan toyed with Ireland's bowlers  •  Sportsfile via Getty Images

Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan toyed with Ireland's bowlers  •  Sportsfile via Getty Images

297 - Total runs scored by South Africa openers in the third ODI against Ireland - Janneman Malan (177*) and Quinton de Kock (120). It is the highest aggregate by opening batters in an ODI innings for South Africa, surpassing the 281 runs by Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw against West Indies in 2015. Their partnership of 225 is also the fifth-highest opening stand for South Africa in this format.
483 - Runs scored by Malan across six ODI innings so far. Only one player before Malan scored over 400 runs in his first six innings - Inzamam-ul-Haq with 406 runs.
169 - Balls faced by Malan during his unbeaten 177, the longest ODI innings for South Africa, in terms of balls faced. The previous longest ODI innings for South Africa was 160 balls by Jacques Kallis against India in 2006.
2 - Players who have faced more balls than Malan (169 balls) in a 50-over men's ODI. Rohit Sharma faced 173 balls for his record-breaking 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014, while Canada's Ashish Bagai batted out 172 balls against Scotland during his unbeaten 137 in 2007.
4 - Malan's 177 not out is the fourth highest ODI score by a batter for South Africa. It is also their second-highest score away from home behind Gary Kirsten's 188* against UAE in the 1996 World Cup.
104.73 - Batting strike rate of Malan during his 169-ball 177, the second-lowest among the 52 individual scores of 170-plus runs in men's ODIs. The lowest is 85.07 by Glenn Turner, who scored 171* off 201 against East Africa in 1975. Turner's knock was the first-ever 170-plus score of the format.
10,092 - Runs scored by de Kock in International cricket while playing as a wicketkeeper. He is only the seventh wicketkeeper to aggregate 10,000 runs across formats. None of the previous six players achieved this milestone before turning 30.
1 - Simi Singh became the first player with an ODI hundred while batting at No.8 or lower. The previous highest score while batting at No.8 or lower in the format was 95*, shared by Chris Woakes vs Sri Lanka in 2016 and Sam Curran vs India in 2021.
177* - Malan's is now the second-highest individual ODI score against Ireland. West Indies' John Campbell made 179 against Ireland during the tri-nation series in 2019. Malan's 177* is also the second-highest individual score in Ireland in men's ODIs, behind Campbell's 179.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo