South Africa vs Pakistan, 2019: 5th ODI – Statistical Highlights

All the major stats and numbers that were recorded during the series-decider in Cape Town.

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South Africa. (Photo by Thinus Maritz/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South Africa clinched the home ODI series of five matches against Pakistan with a clinical win in the series-decider by a seven-wicket margin. Pakistan were off to a decent start with 108/2 on the board in the 21st over. However, the batsmen failed to convert their starts and were restricted to just 240/8. Chasing a target of 241, Quinton de Kock produced a quick-fire knock at the top by scoring 83 from only 58 deliveries. Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen scored 50* each to take the hosts past the target with ten overs to spare.

All the major stats and numbers that were recorded during the series-decider in Cape Town:

Chase to win:

5 – The chasing team won in all the five matches of this series between South Africa and Pakistan. This is only the 4th 5-match bilateral ODI series where the chasing sides won all the five games.


The Pakistan-India series in 2006, Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series in 2009 and Windies-Pakistan series in 2011 are the other three such series.

Not the record to be proud of:

1 – Only once Pakistan has ever won a series-decider in a bilateral ODI series of 5 or more matches. They won the Sahara “Friendship” Cup in 1996 against India which was a 5-match ODI series.

Unbeaten fifties:

1 – Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen recorded the first instance in International cricket of two players unbeaten on exactly 50 in the same innings. As many as 30 instances of two players scoring exactly 50 in the same innings were recorded in Internationals (18 in Tests, 11 in ODIs, 1 in T20I) before this with at least one of the two getting dismissed.

50* – The score of 50 by Du Plessis and Van der Dussen is the 5th highest identical unbeaten score in an ODI inning. The highest is 85* by Windies during the 1979 Brisbane ODI against England.

Great start for Rassie:

241 – The 241 runs by Rassie van der Dussen in this ODI series are the 3rd most by a South African in the debut ODI series/tournament. Gary Kirsten aggregated 312 runs across eight matches in the 1993/94 World Series while Graeme Smith scored 244 runs against Australia from four games he played in the 2002 7-match home series.

A record series for Imam:

271 – Imam-ul-Haq’s 271 runs in this series are the most by any player in a bilateral ODI series in South Africa surpassing Mohammad Yousuf’s 245 runs during the series in 2007. Overall, only Aamir Sohail (432 runs in the 1994 Mandela Trophy) has scored more runs in an ODI series/tournament for Pakistan in South Africa.

271 – The 271 runs by Imam are also the 2nd most runs by a Pakistan player in a bilateral ODI series against South Africa behind Mohammad Yousuf’s 286 runs during the 2007 home ODI series.

Not a great venue for big chases:

18-2 – Win-loss record for the teams batting first and making 240+ in ODI cricket at the Cape Town. The win-loss ratio of 9.00 on such occasions for the teams batting first is the 2nd best that witnessed teams batting first scoring 240+ on ten or more occasions. The Providence Stadium in Guyana has a win-loss record of 10-1 while defending total of 240 and more in ODIs.

241 – The run-chase of 241 by South Africa is the 2nd highest successful chase in the ODI format in Cape Town. South Africa won on the last delivery of the ODI in 2000 against New Zealand while chasing 257. Between these two, as many as 16 ODIs were won by teams batting first who posted 240 and more.

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