Afridi's 500th, Misbah's 5000 & Ab de Villiers 1000 runs

Afridi's 500th, Misbah's 5000 & Ab de Villiers 1000 runs: World Cup 2015

Afridi’s 500th, Misbah’s 5000 & Ab de Villiers 1000 runs: World Cup 2015: With 60% chances of rain, it looked like rain would have a larger say in the outcome of this match but apart from lean patches when it did rain, Pakistan vs South Africa looked like a clash of Champions. Winning the toss and sending Pakistan into bat, South African bowling dominated in patches until they plundered Pakistan from 212/5 to 222 all out after a short rain break. The overs were reduced to 47 and adjusted D/L target was set at 232. South Africa lost out of form Quinton de Kock in the first over to Mohammad Irfan ten did well to get to 67/1 until the left-arm pace trio of Irfan, Wahab and Rahat Ali caused all sorts of troubles for South African batsmen. Finally, Pakistan won by 29 runs and moved further up their points table.

Here are some of the stats highlights from the game:

500*– Shahid Afridi has become the first player from Pakistan to feature in 500 international matches. Inzamam-ul-Haq nearly missed with 499.

Players with 500 International Appearances
Players Appearances
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 664
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 649*
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 587*
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 586
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 560
Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 519
Rahul Dravid (India) 509
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 500*
*Players Still Active
All Stats Updated Until March 7th, 2015

Favorite Opposition–Younis Khan (1027) has completed 1000 ODI runs against South Africa; 2nd Pakistani after Mohammad Yousuf (1116) to do so.

5000*– Misbah-ul-Haq has completed 5000 ODI runs; 12th Pakistani to do so. He has also has the least hundreds and number of ducks off these 12 Pakistanis.

Faster than Many–Misbah-ul-Haq’s 5000 ODI runs came in 147 innings; 3rd FASTEST Pakistani to reach this landmark. Saeed Anwar and Mohammad Yousuf (136 innings) are the Fastest.

Oldest to Landmark– Misbah-ul-Haq aged 40 years & 283 days became the oldest batsman to reach 5000 runs.

A First for a Pakistani Captain– Misbah-ul-Haq has crossed the 50+ run landmark FOUR times this world cup; most for a Pakistani Captain in a single World Cup. Imran Khan made three (1 100, 2 50s) in 1983. Overall, only Javed Miandad (1992) has scored as many in a single world cup for Pakistan.

Consistent – Misbah-ul-Haq has become only the 5th captain to score three consecutive half-centuries in world cups. Others: Mohammad Azharuddin (1992), Steve Waugh (1999), Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting (2007).

Boom Boom Afridi– Shahid Afridi has become the first player to hit 350 ODI SIXES. Sanath Jayasuriya is way behind with 270.

A Threat to Openers– Of Mohammad Irfan’s 63 ODI wickets, 31 have been of openers. That is 49.2%.

Fastest in World Cups– AB de Villiers has now equaled Sachin Tendulkar’s record to ‘Fastest to 1000 World Cup Runs’, both took 20 innings to complete their 1Ks.

Bang Bang AB Cricket De Villiers– de Villiers has now hit 32* sixes in world cup matches; most by any player surpassing Ricky Ponting’s 31.

9 out of 10 again– Pakistan’s left-arm pace-men took 9 of the 10 South African wickets; 2nd such instance in ODI cricket. First was achieved by the same Pakistani trio (Irfan, Wahab & Rahat) just days ago vs Zimbabwe.

A First– This is the first time in four attempts that Pakistan has beaten South Africa in a world cup. Previously, they lost in 1992, 1996 and 1999.

A World Cup Record – Sarfraz Ahmed took 6 catches behind the stumps equaling Adam Gilchrist’s world cup record against Namibia in 2003. Overall, 7 wicket-keepers have taken six catches in an ODI innings: Adam Gilchrist (4 times), AJ Stewart, Mark Boucher, Matt Prior, M Jos Buttler, MH Cross and Sarfraz Ahmed. Sarfraz’s 6 catches were indeed best by a Pakistani wicket-keeper.