David Warner’s 173 wasn’t enough as South Africa defended 328 and claimed a 31-run win over Australia in the final ODI at Cape Town. Victory meant that Australia were whitewashed 5-0 by a Proteas side that did not have AB de Villiers.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, South Africa put on 327/8 courtesy of Rilee Rossouw’s century. The 178-run partnership for the fourth wicket partnership between Rossouw and JP Duminy helped the Proteas register a massive total despite struggling at 52/3 in the 11th over.
While Until David Warner was at the crease, Australia still had a chance. Although he didn’t have much support from the rest of the top order, he single-handedly took Australia close but in the end, it wasn’t enough as he was run-out and thus the visitors lost the game after being bowled out for 296.
Here are some interesting statistical highlights from the final ODI:
1 – This is the first time that Australia have been whitewashed 5-0 in an ODI series. Their previous worst result in a five-match ODI series was the 4-0 series loss to England in 2012.
2 – Australia became the first world champion side to be whitewashed in two different formats this year. They had the ICC Test Championship Mace when they were turned over 3-0 by Sri Lanka and they are now No.1 in ODIs and reigning world cup winners as they lost 5-0. The other world champions, WI also lost in T20Is, 3-0 to Pakistan.
3 – Australia have been whitewashed in all three formats this year. It all began with India’s 3-0 whitewash in T20I, then it was Sri Lanka’s turn to whitewash them 3-0 in Tests and now South Africa did it in ODIs, 5-0.
3 – After Ricky Ponting (who did it twice in 2003 and 2007) and Matthew Hayden (2007), David Warner became the third Australian batsman to score five ODI centuries in a year.
4 – This is the fourth time that South Africa have beaten Australia in an ODI series in South Africa. Of the eight series that took place, Australia have won three while one was drawn.
58.44 – Warner’s 173 was 58.44% of Australia’s tally of 296. That is the second-highest percentage of runs scored by an Australian batsman in a completed ODI innings after Damien Martyn.
173 – David Warner’s 173 is now the highest score by an Australian against South Africa in ODIs. The previous-best was Ricky Ponting’s 164 at Johannesburg in 2006.
173 – Warner’s tally is the highest innings in ODI history that ended by a run-out. The second-highest came in October 2009 when Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza was dismissed for 156.
178 – The 178-run partnership between Rilee Rossouw and JP Duminy is the third-highest stand for South Africa in ODIs against Australia. The best is the 206-run stand between AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and the pair almost came close to second place which is held by Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith who have 187.
386 – Warner amassed 386 runs in his five ODIs in this series to finish as the leading run-scorer of the series. His 386 came at an average of 77.20 and included two centuries and a fifty.
1089 – David Warner amassed more than 1000 ODI runs for the first time in his ODI career. He now has 1089 runs this calendar year at an average of 57.31 with 5 centuries and four fifties.