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Stats Analysis

Babar quickest to 13 ODI tons, van der Dussen oldest South African to maiden ODI century

All the statistical highlights from Pakistan's highest successful chase against hosts South Africa

Babar Azam steered Pakistan's chase in Centurion with a 104-ball 103  •  AFP/Getty Images

Babar Azam steered Pakistan's chase in Centurion with a 104-ball 103  •  AFP/Getty Images

274 Target chased by Pakistan in the first ODI in Centurion, their highest successful chase against South Africa in South Africa in this format. Pakistan's previous highest chase against the home team in South Africa was 267 in Port Elizabeth during their 2018-19 tour. The 274 chase is also Pakistan's second-highest in the country and their third-biggest against the hosts.
6 Instances of Pakistan winning an ODI on the last ball while chasing. Only South Africa - in seven instances overall - have won more ODI chases on the final ball than Pakistan. The latest win was the first of its kind for Pakistan since April 2005 in Ahmedabad, where they defeated India while chasing 316. The Centurion ODI was only the third instance of South Africa losing an ODI on the final ball. Their other such defeats came in 2000 and 2001 respectively, against Zimbabwe and West Indies.
76 Innings required by Babar Azam to score his 13th century in ODIs, the fastest to this feat in men's cricket. Australia women's captain Meg Lanning, too, took 76 innings to reach her 13th ODI hundred. Hashim Amla was the previous quickest to 13 tons in men's ODIs, needing 83 innings.
2 Centuries as captain in ODI cricket for Babar. The 26-year-old scored 125 against Zimbabwe in his previous innings, making him the first Pakistan captain with successive ODI tons. Babar's 103 is also the highest individual score by a Pakistan captain in a successful ODI chase.
177 Partnership runs for the second wicket between Imam-ul-Haq and Babar, the second-highest for Pakistan against South Africa in ODI cricket. The highest is 257 between Saleem Elahi and Abdul Razzaq in 2002, also for the second wicket.
1 Player with more centuries while chasing in ODIs for Pakistan than Babar. The hundred against South Africa on Friday was his fourth across 40 ODI chases. Saeed Anwar leads the list with ten centuries from 105 chases in ODIs.
0 Players older than Rassie van der Dussen (32 years and 54 days) at the time of their maiden ODI century for South Africa. Mike Rindel was the previous oldest player to a maiden ODI ton for South Africa as he was 31 years and 337 days old when he scored 106 in 1995, also against Pakistan. Former allrounder Shaun Pollock was 33 years and 325 days of age during his maiden ODI ton in 2007, but he was representing Africa XI in that game.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo