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Proteas’ World Cup by numbers

Another ICC World Cup has come and gone for SA, with players and fans left breathless with disappointment
following that Auckland thriller on Tuesday. LINDSAY DU PLESSIS plays the numbers game



Matches played. Six in the
group stage, with two defeats
(India and Pakistan) and two
knockouts, with the close
semifinal loss to the Black
The Proteas won a knockout
game for the first time this



Other centuries scored.
When you take away AB’s
ton, you’re left with big scores
from Hashim Amla (159),
David Miller (138*), Faf du
Plessis (109), and JP Duminy
(115*). De Kock is a notable
absentee here

Lowest team score. They
didn’t need any more, as that
was all it took to beat Sri
Lanka by nine wickets in the
Quinton de Kock’s 78* did
the job in quick fashion



Best team score. This was
made against Ireland,
following on from the 408
against the West Indies.
It was the first time an ODI
side had scored two 400-plus
scores in succession.
The 411 was the
second-highest team score of
the tournament

2 293

Total runs scored. Five
matches saw the Proteas
score more than 280, four
were well over 300 and two
were below 200.
The 177 against India was
the worst effort, given AB’s
lads were bowled out long
before the 50th over



Best partnership. The
undefeated David Miller and
JP Duminy put this together
against Zimbabwe, and it’s
the highest fifth-wicket stand
in ODI history, passing the
previous best of 226. The pair
scored these runs at a rate of
8.62 to the over and took the
score from 83/4 to 339/4


Kyle Abbott’s average. The
paceman took nine wickets in
four games at an economy
rate of 4.19 and had the best
average of all the SA bowlers.
Vernon Philander took four
wickets in four games, but
still played in the semifinal
ahead of Abbott

The combined total of
Amla’s final three knocks
(United Arab Emirates, Sri
Lanka and New Zealand).
He didn’t have the best time,
to be fair, against bigger
sides. His ton came against

Number of times bowled out.
Of the three games they lost,
they were bowled out both
times they had to chase
(India and Pakistan).
Otherwise, the most
wickets they lost in other
games was six



Imran Tahir’s best haul. The
leg spinner was superb for
the Proteas and was the only
spinner to take a five-wicket
haul in the tournament by the
time the Eden Park game
ended. He took 15 wickets in
total, with an economy rate of
4.23, one of the lowest in the
top 10


AB’s runs. The skipper
scored at an average of 96.40
across the seven innings he
batted in and included one ton
(162*) and three fifties.
He was the third-highest
run scorer in the tournament
after the Auckland loss


Best opening stand.
Connected to this, and the
reason AB had to save the
day so often, was that either
Amla or De Kock got out early
in every game. This stand was
against Sri Lanka, and the
only time they made more
than 21 together.
In the entire group stage,
they failed to get out of the
teens as a pair

Morné Morkel’s wickets.
He was the best bowler in
terms of wickets, sitting joint
third on the list after the
Auckland defeat.
He averaged an incredible
17.58 and his economy rate
was good too, at a touch over

Dale Steyn’s average. Oh,
Dale. This was not his
tournament, no matter how
hard he tried.
The rhythm was just not
there, but the passion was, as
we saw in that final over
when he bowled with an
injured hamstring and calf.
He took 11 wickets in eight
games, at 5.02 to the over


Aaron Phangiso’s games.
The poor man was the only
player not to feature in a
single game.
Not that the decks would
have helped him, and he
doesn't really bat.
But still, it’s a long way to
go to mix the energy drinks

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