Kamran remains first-choice keeper for Gwalior one-dayer

A day after ruling him out of the One-day International series against India because of injury, Pakistan declared on Monday that Kamran Akmal remained their first choice wicket-keeper for the fourth ODI to be played here on November 15.

A Pakistan team official told ‘The News’ that Kamran Akmal is working hard to recover in time for the Gwalior one-dayer and attended a training session with his teammates at the Sahara City near Lucknow on Monday and also underwent a fitness test.

Pakistan-South Africa ODI series averages

All ten caught in an ODI innings

During the first ODI at Centurion Park, all ten Pakistani batsmen were caught either in field or by the wicketkeeper. This provided only the eleventh instance in the annals of ODI’s when all ten wickets of side fell to catches by the opposition team. It was the second such occasion for Pakistan. Complete details in the table below.

Highest ODI total without an individual century

South Africa’s total of 392-6 in the first ODI at Centurion Park had century from any of their batsmen as Kallis remained the top scorer with 88 runs. This was incidentally the highest ever ODI total without an individual century. The previous highest was 363 by England against Paksitan in 1992. The table below has the details.

Highest ODI totals against South Africa

Pakistan posted the second highest total by any side against South Africa when they accumulated 351 runs in the second ODI of the recently concluded series at Durban. Among top four highest scores against South Africa, two have been registered by Pakistan. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

Highest ODI totals

South Africa’s score of 392 for six in the first ODI at Centurion was the seventh highest totals in ODI history. It was also second highest for South Africa after the mammoth 438 against Australia at Johannesburg. The table below lists highest totals in ODIs

Most expensive bowling for Pakistan in an ODI

Pakistan’s Rana Naveed conceded 92 runs of his 8 overs during the first match of the recently concluded ODI series at Centurion Park. He surpassed Waqar Younis’ previous record of 86 runs as the most conceded by any Pakistani bowler in an ODI. Waqar went for 86 runs off his ten overs against Sri Lanka at Benoni in 1998 tri-series in South Africa. The accompanying table has the complete details.

Pakistan biggest victories against South Africa

During the second ODI Durban Pakistan defeated South Africa by 141 runs. This was Pakistan’s second best ODI victory against South Africa. The best still remains of 182 runs at Port Elizabeth in 2002. This was also Pakistan’s only second 100 plus-run win against the Proteas. The table below has the complete details.

Most fifties in an ODI innings

Four Pakistani batsman made fifties during their side’s total of 352 for 5 in the second ODI at Kingsmead Durban. This provided only the 22nd instance when for our more batsman in an ODI innings made fifties. It was also the fourth such instance for Pakistan. The accompanying table has the details.

South Africa humiliate Pakistan again to win ODI series 3-1

Shaun Pollock produced a masterly bowling performance as South Africa crushed Pakistan by nine wickets in the fifth One-day International (ODI) here at the Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday to take the series.

Pollock took five for 23 as Pakistan were bowled out for 153. AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis hit half-centuries as South Africa cruised to victory with 21.4 overs to spare. South Africa won the series 3-1, with one match rained off.

Pollock bowled unchanged with the new ball and took the first five wickets with a superb exhibition of accurate seam and swing bowling. Pakistan hopes were raised briefly when South African captain Graeme Smith was caught behind off Mohammad Asif for nought.