South Africa-Zimbabwe ODI Series Averages

Top four batsman making 50s in an ODI

South Africa’s mammoth total of 418 for 5 against Zimbabwe at Potchefstroom the other day had four players from the top of their batting order to have crossed the fifty-run mark in the same innings. This was the eighth time in ODI’s that four batsmen from the top of the order scored 50s for their sides. It was the second such instance for South Africa and first against Zimbabwe. The table below has the complete details.

Fastest centuries in ODI’s

During the third match of the ODI series at Potchefstroom, Mark Boucher smashed one-day cricket’s second fastest century off just 44 balls. He displaced Brian Lara to third spot in an astonishing display of hitting against the hapless Zimbabwean bowlers. Ten years on, Shahid Afridi’s immortal 102 off 37 balls still remains the fastest by any man on the planet. The accompanying table shows players with hundred off 70 balls or less in an ODI innings.

Highest maiden ODI tons

Mark Boucher’s marvellous 148* the other day at Potchefstroom was his maiden one-day international century. This provided the 15th instance when a batsman registered 140 or more runs in his maiden ODI century. Boucher’s innings is now the seventh highest among those batsmen. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

Highest ODI match aggregates

The third game of the ODI series between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Potchefstroom accumulated 665 runs in the match. This is now the fourth highest match-total in all ODIs. The highest still remains of 872 in the epic encounter between Australia and South Africa at Johannesburg earlier this year. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

Highest individual scores at no. 4

During the third match of the ODI series at Potchefstroom, South Africa’s Mark Boucher smashed a blitzkrieg 148 not out off 68 balls while coming in at number four batting position for his team. Boucher’s sensational knock is now the fifth highest by any batsmen coming in the same position in the annals of ODI cricket. The highest still remains of 189* by Sir Vivian Richards against England at Old Trafford in 184. The accompanying table lists players with 140 or more runs at number four in ODIs.

Highest ODI totals

South Africa became the first side in ODIs to register two 400-plus scores when they crushed Zimbabwe to pulp in the third match at Potchefstroom by amassing 418 for five off fifty overs. This is now the fourth occasion by any side to reach 400-run mark in an ODI. Interestingly, all those four instances have been recorded this year. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

Most sixes in an ODI innings

Mark Boucher’s stunning unbeaten innings of 147 in the third ODI at Potchefstroom included ten hits over the boundary. This was the fourth time in ODI’s that ten or more sixes were hit by a batsman in an innings. Boucher also became the second wicketkeeper to perform this feat after Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

Boucher blasts South Africa to clean sweep against Zimbabwe

BoucherMark Boucher blasted South Africa’s fastest century to spur them to a crushing 171-run win over Zimbabwe and a 3-0 series sweep in the third and final One-day International (ODI) here on Wednesday.

The South Africans, who won the toss and chose to bat, made their second-highest total and the fourth-highest overall in scoring 418 for five. Zimbabwe replied with a pedestrian 247-4.

Boucher, who survived six dropped catches, smashed an undefeated 147 off 68 balls with eight fours and 10 sixes. He reached his maiden one-day century off 44 balls, beating the 79 balls Herschelle Gibbs needed to reach three figures against Australia in Johannesburg in March.

Another landmark for Kallis as South Africa win series against Zimbabwe

All-rounder Jacques Kallis became the first player to score 8,000 runs and take 200 wickets in both Test and One-day International (ODI) cricket in South Africa’s six-wicket win over Zimbabwe here on Monday (the match story was partially reported yesterday on page 13).

The South African captain reached the milestone when he pushed the first ball he faced, bowled by medium pacer Piet Rinke, to mid-on for a single in the second ODI here.

Kallis, who scored 26, went into the match with 7,999 runs and 205 wickets in ODIs. In Tests, he has scored 8,033 runs and taken 200 wickets.