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Stats: Australia vs South Africa - AB de Villiers' drought of boundaries in ODIs in 2016 and other statistical highlights

South Africa defeated Australia by 47 runs in a low-scoring encounter at Guyana.

Farhaan Behardien
Farhaan Behardien played a crucial knock for South Africa

In the third match of tri-nation series played between Australia and South Africa, South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and opted to bat first but things did not work according to plan as South Africa lost 6 wickets under 30 overs. At that time, underrated all-rounder Farhaan Behardien stepped up and added 62 runs from 82 balls and helped South Africa score 189 runs from 50 overs.

In reply, Australia did not start well as they lost three big batsmen in the first 10 overs but Aaron Finch tried to fight from the other end. However, nobody stood with him as Australia lost the plot and were bowled out for 142 runs. Farhaan Behardien was awarded the Man of the Match for his match winning knock of 62 runs.

Let’s look at some of the major stats from the game.

92 – The number of balls faced by AB de Villiers in ODIs in 2016 since his last boundary, the second highest no. of balls AB de Villiers has faced in his ODI career between any two boundaries. In 2008, AB de Villiers faced 97 balls against Bangladesh without a single boundary.

1st – The win against Australia in the third match of tri-nation series was South Africa’s first win against Australia in ODIs in West Indies from three matches.

2nd – This was South Africa’s second win against Australia in ODIs after playing 50 overs and scoring less than 200 runs. In the third match of tri-nation series, South Africa scored 189 runs by playing 50 overs with the loss of nine wickets and they beat Australia by 47 runs.

284 – The number of balls bowled by spinners in the third match of the tri-nation series between Australia and South Africa, the most balls bowled by spinners in an ODI match between Australia and South Africa.

2009 – Last time Australia were bowled out in an ODI match against South Africa under 150 runs on 5 April 2009 at Centurion. 

1st – Farhaan Behardien was awarded Man-of-the-Match in the third match of tri-nation series against Australia at Guyana, it was his first Man of the Match award in international cricket.

96 – The number of wickets taken by Imran Tahir in his ODI career from 56 matches, the most by a South African spinner in ODIs. He went past Nickey Boje’s 95 wickets in ODIs by taking two wickets in the third match of tri-nation series against Australia.

142 – The number of runs scored by Australia in the third match of the tri-nation series against South Africa, their lowest total in ODIs in West Indies among innings in which they lost 10 wickets. Their previous lowest was 149 runs against West Indies at Port of Spain on 12 May 1995.

2006 – The last time Australian pace bowlers have bowled at least 5 maidens in an innings of a match against South Africa. In the third match of tri-nation series against South Africa at Guyana on 7 June 2016, the Australian pacers bowled 5 maidens.

30 – The number of runs scored by Nathan Lyon in the third match of the tri-nation series against South Africa while coming at no.10 for Australia, the joint third most by an Australian player batting at no.10 in ODIs.

29 – The number of runs added by Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon for the tenth wicket against South Africa in the third match of tri-nation series, the third most by an Australian pair for the tenth wicket against South Africa in ODIs.

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