Top performers in Pink ODIs for South Africa

It is a known fact that South Africa are unbeaten in Pink ODIs.

South Africa Aiden Markram celebrates with teammates
South Africa team. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

There is a special connection between South African cricket team and the Pink ODIs which they’ve played over the years. The team has always managed to come out of adverse circumstances and win these games. The trend of playing in Pink jersey began in 2013 as Cricket South Africa (CSA) decided to create more awareness on Breast Cancer and collect funds for donations. The venue picked for the event was the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg which every year buzzes in Pink.

South Africa has won all the six matches so far played on Pink Day and though AB de Villiers has hogged all the limelight in these matches, different players have put their hands up every time. Interestingly, only England ran them close in the six matches which Proteas won by only 1 wicket. The other closest game was against India though the home side won it comfortably in the end with 15 balls to spare.

Here we look at the top performers for South Africa on Pink ODIs:

1. AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla (2013 vs Pakistan)

Hashim Amla of South Africa in Pink ODI
Hashim Amla of South Africa in Pink ODI. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The first ever Pink ODI South Africa played was against Pakistan in 2013. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers both were excellent on the day as they slammed centuries for their side after the visitors opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Amla, while opening the innings, scored 122 runs off just 113 deliveries with 10 fours and a solitary six. De Villiers was even quicker and smashed 128 runs off 108 cherries with 12 boundaries and cleared the fences three times comfortably.

As far as the match is concerned, South Africa posted a mammoth total of 343 runs in their 50 overs. Amla and de Villiers stitched a partnership of 238 runs for the third wicket. In reply, Pakistan rode on Shahid Afridi’s 88-run knock off just 48 balls which was also studded with 5 fours and seven gigantic maximums. But fell short of the target by 34 runs as they bundled out for 309 in the 49th over. Amla was named the Man of the Match for his impact innings at the top.

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