South Africa vs Pakistan, 2018-19: 3rd Test – Statistical Highlights

South Africa vs Pakistan, 2018-19: 3rd Test – Statistical Highlights

All the major stats and numbers recorded during the final Test of the 3-match series.

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South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South Africa completed a whitewash in the 3-match Test series against Pakistan with a 107-run win in the final Test in Johannesburg. The hosts collapsed in their first innings from 229/3 to 262/10 and later took a 77-run lead bundling out the visitors for 185. Quinton de Kock’s 138-ball 129 powered the Proteas to 303 in the 2nd innings. Chasing a 380-run target, Pakistan got off to a good start but kept losing wickets at regular intervals only to be bowled out for 273.

All the major stats and numbers recorded during the final Test of the 3-match series:

Sarfraz Ahmed’s record:

10 – Sarfraz became the first captain to effect ten dismissals in a Test match. He claimed five catches each in both innings of this Test match. MS Dhoni effected nine dismissals (8 catches and 1 stumping) in his farewell Test match against Australia in 2014.


10 – Sarfraz also became the first Pakistan player to claim ten catches (or effect 10 dismissals) in a Test match. Rashid Latif in 1994 Auckland Test against New Zealand and Kamran Akmal against Windies in the 2005 Kingston Test claimed nine catches apiece.

Sarfraz is only the 7th wicketkeeper to effect ten and more dismissals in a Test and the 3rd player to do it since the start of 2018.


A series of ducks:

3 – Number of ducks for Sarfraz Ahmed in this series; the joint-most by any captain in a Test series. Overall, he is the 8th captain and 2nd Pakistan captain to bag three ducks in a Test series. Imtiaz Ahmed also had three ducks while leading Pakistan in the 1961/62 home series against England.


5 – As many as five ducks were recorded by captains of both the teams in this Test series including four in the first Test match. This is the first Test series where a captain bagged five ducks. The previous record was four ducks by captains in eight different Test series’.


12 – Number of ducks recorded by Pakistan batsmen in this series; the most for them in a 3-match Test series. They had 11 ducks in four different such series’.


A new Test record:

17 – Number of dismissals by wicketkeepers of both the teams in this Test; the most in a Test match. There are three instances of 16 keeping dismissals in a single Test including the last year’s Cape Town Test between South Africa and India.


34 – Number of wickets that fell via catches in this Test; the joint second most in a Test match. The last year’s Australia-India Test match in Adelaide witnessed 35 dismissals while the 2018 Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia also had 34 such dismissals.


A series to remember for Olivier:

24 – Number of wickets Duanne Olivier has bagged in this Test series; the 2nd most by a South African in a 3-match Test series. Charlie Llewellyn claimed 25 wickets during the 1902 home Test series against Australia.


A drought for Amla:

25 – Hashim Amla now has failed to score a century in 25 consecutive Test innings; his longest such streak in Test cricket. He failed to score in 23 consecutive Test innings between 2006 and 2007.


A quick-scoring series:

79.21 – Babar Azam’s batting strike-rate of 79.21 is the 4th highest in a Test series for Pakistan. (Min: 250 balls)

Only Sarfraz Ahmed (79.21 vs Australia in 2016/17) has a better S/R in an away Test series for Pakistan than Babar.


38 – Sarfraz’s 38-ball fifty in the first innings is the 2nd fastest fifty in the Test matches between South Africa and Pakistan. Mohammad Yousuf scored a fifty off 27 balls in the 2003 Cape Town Test.

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