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Stats Analysis

South Africa 25, India 60 - How India dominated this series, in numbers

More wickets, better top-order averages, incisive pacers... It was total series domination from the hosts

India's home dominance continues. They hardly broke a sweat in dismantling South Africa in Ranchi to clinch the series 3-0. This was a record 11th successive Test series win at home. There are a number of contrasting differences between both sides that made this a one-sided series.
35 - The difference in wickets taken by India and South Africa both the teams in this series. South Africa picked up 25 to India's 60. There are only three instances of a higher difference in wickets in a three-match series (Test cricket has had 272 three-match rubbers).
52.60 - The difference in bowling averages for both sides. It is the fifth-highest in a three-match series. The India bowlers averaged 22.84 while South Africa's averaged a staggering 75.44. India bowlers picked five five-fors, South Africa none.
Highest differences in bowling averages in a series (Min. 3 Tests)
Team Opposition Team Wkts Team Ave Opp Wkts Opp Ave Ave diff Series
 Aus  WI  47  25.82  12  122.16  96.33  WI in Aus, 2015-16
 SL  Ban  58  16.91  14  106.85  89.94  Ban in SL, 2007
 SA  NZ  43  30.81  15  102.40  71.58  SA in NZ, 1998-99
 Aus  NZ  53  25.96  22  83.04  57.08  NZ in Aus, 1993-94
 Ind  SA  58  22.84  25  75.44  52.6  Freedom Trophy, 2019-20
52.70 - The difference in fast bowling averages, the fifth-worst in any series where pacers have bowled at least 150 overs. India's pacers picked 26 wickets at 17.50 while South Africa fast bowlers got 10 wickets at 70.20.
Highest differences in bowling averages of pacers in a series (Min. 3 Tests & 150 overs by both sides)
Team Opposition Season Team Wkts Team Ave Opp. Wkts Opp. Ave Ave Diff
 Aus  WI  2015/16  31  25.61  6  151.83  126.22
 SA  NZ  1998/99  33  29.75  8  147.75  117.99
 Eng  Aus  1926  20  31.70  4  110.00  78.30
 SA  WI  2010  36  22.47  9  76.00  53.52
 Ind  SA  2019/20  26  17.50  10  70.20  52.70
73.95 The difference in average batting partnerships for the first five wickets. Only one series (West Indies in Australia, 2015-16) of three or more Tests in the last 100 years has seen a bigger difference. India's top five averaged 91.05 to South Africa's 17.10. India had six century stands to South Africa's one for the first five wickets.
56.80 The difference in averages after 20 overs. India picked 38 wickets at 26.65 to South Africa 20 wickets at 83.45. It shows that India were as good with a slightly older ball. In the first 20 overs, India picked 20 wickets at 15.60, while South Africa got five wickets at 43.40. The difference in average after 20 overs is the third-highest in a series of three or more matches since May 2001; there have been 151 such series.
Highest differences in bowling averages after 20 overs in a series of 3+ matches (since May 2001)
Team Opposition Team Wkts Team Ave Opp. Wkts Opp. Ave Ave Diff Season
 Aus  WI  37  25.94  6  177.83  151.88  2015-16
 SL  Ban  37  15.94  10  127.60  111.65  2007
 Ind  SA  38  26.65  20  83.45  56.80  2019-20
 SA  NZ  38  22.60  16  77.25  54.64  2014-15
 SL  Zim  46  17.97  22  65.13  47.15  2001-02

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo