Records tumble as Amla, de Kock lead SA prance in Kimberley

Hashim Amla (110*) and Quinton de Kock (168*) swept aside Bangladesh with an unbeaten 282-run opening-wicket partnership in the first ODI in Kimberley. Opting to bat first, Bangladesh posted their highest total against South Africa, scoring 278 for 7 with all their batsmen reaching double figures. The only one to go ahead and score big was Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored an unbeaten 110 off 116 balls. The visitors’ joy was short-lived however as South Africa got ahead of the rate right from the start and polished off the chase with 43 balls to spare.

Stats highlights from the first ODI:

279 The highest target in ODI history to be chased down without losing any wicket. South Africa beat the record set by England last year when they chased down 255 against Sri Lanka in Edgbaston. It is also the highest such chase in List A cricket, surpassing the 275 by Delhi against Punjab in Delhi in 2008.

Highest targets chased down in ODIs without losing a wicket

Target Players Team Against Venue Date
279 H Amla/ Q de Kock SA Ban Kimberley 15-Oct-17
255 Alex Hales/ Jason Roy Eng SL Edgbaston 24-Jun-16
236 M Guptill/ T Latham NZ Zim Harare 4-Aug-15
230 T Dilshan/ U Tharanga SL Eng Colombo RPS 26-Mar-11
226 M Hafeez/ I Farhat Pak Zim Harare 11-Sep-11
0 Partnerships for South Africa for any wicket higher than the unbeaten 282 between Amla and De Kock. They went past the unbeaten 256 between JP Duminy and David Miller against Zimbabwe in Hamilton. Also, it is the third-highest opening-wicket stand in all ODIs.

Highest opening-wicket stand in ODIs

Partners Runs Inns Team Venue Against Date
S Jayasuriya/ U Tharanga 286 2 SL Eng Leeds 1-Jul-06
T Head/ D Warner 284 1 Aus Pak Adelaide 26-Jan-17
H Amla/ Q de Kock 282* 2 SA Ban Kimberley 15-Oct-17
T Dilshan/ U Tharanga 282 1 SL Zim Pallekele 10-Mar-11
B McCullum/ J Marshall 274 1 NZ Ire Aberdeen 1-Jul-08
S Ganguly/ S Tendulkar 258 1 Ind Ken Paarl 24-Oct-01
A Hales/ J Roy 256* 2 Eng SL Edgbaston 24-Jun-16
86 Innings taken by De Kock to his 13th ODI hundred – joint second-fastest along with Virat Kohli. Hashim Amla took only 83 innings. Meanwhile, Amla’s 154 innings to 26 hundreds is the fastest by any eclipsing Kohli’s 166 innings.

3664 Partnership runs added by Amla and De Kock in 77 stands together – the most by any South African pair in ODIs. They went past the 3607 partnership runs between Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs in 84 innings together. The current South African opening pair averages 48.85 per stand with ten century partnerships.

4 Instances of both Amla and De Kock scoring hundreds in the same ODI innings – the joint second-most for any pair in ODIs alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. Only one pair has scored more – Amla and AB de Villiers, who’ve scored hundred in the same innings five times.

5 Players achieving the double of 5000 runs and 200 wickets in ODIs – Sanath Jayasuriya, Jacques Kallis, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib became the second Bangladesh batsman to reach 5000 runs in ODIs after Tamim Iqbal (5743). 178 matches by Shakib is the fewest to the double surpassing 221 matches by Kallis.

5000 runs and 200 wickets in ODIs

Players ODIs taken Career ODIs Runs Bat Avg Wkts Bowl Avg Diff
Shakib Al Hasan 178 178 5012 34.80 224 29.70 5.10
Jacques Kallis 221 328 11579 44.36 273 31.79 12.57
S Jayasuriya 231 445 13430 32.36 323 36.75 -4.39
Shahid Afridi 239 398 8064 23.57 395 34.51 -10.94
Abdul Razzaq 258 265 5080 29.7 269 31.83 -2.13
110* by Mushfiqur Rahim is the first century by a Bangladesh batsman against South Africa in ODI cricket. The previous highest for Bangladesh against South Africa was 90 by Soumya Sarkar in Chittagong in 2015.

3 David Miller became the third player to play 100 ODIs without featuring in a Test. The first to do so was Rohit Sharma who played 108 ODIs before making his Test debut and was followed by Kieron Pollard last year who has 101 ODIs in his career without any appearance in red-ball cricket.

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