South Africa once again takes the lead in the ongoing 5-match ODI series against hosts New Zealand as they beat the hosts in the 3rd ODI at Wellington. South Africa decided to bat first after winning the toss and made 271/8 at the end of 50 overs.
In reply, New Zealand batsmen never looked comfortable against the South African bowlers and as a result, the host were bundled out for just 112 runs. South Africa won this ODI by 159 runs.
With this victory, South Africa is leading the 5-match ODI series by 2-1.
Brief Scores: South Africa – 271/8 in 50 overs (AB de Villiers 85, Quinton de Kock 68, Colin de Grandhomme 2/40)
New Zealand – 112 in 32.2 overs (Colin de Grandhomme 34*, Kane Williamson 23, Dwaine Pretorius 3/5)
Result – South Africa won by 159 runs
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
- South African batsman AB de Villiers completed his 9,000 ODI career runs during this match. It was his 205th ODI innings (214th ODI match) which mean he became the fastest batsman to complete 9,000 ODI career runs. The previous record holder was former Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly who had achieved this feat in 228 ODI innings (also Ganguly is now second on the basis of no.of ODI matches played as the Indian had achieved this feat in 236 ODI matches).
Meanwhile, AB de Villiers became the only 2nd South African batsman to complete 9,000 ODI career runs. Former all-rounder Jaques Kallis was the first South African to achieve this feat.
- South African captain AB de Villiers played important innings of 85 runs. It is the 3rd highest ODI score by a South African captain against New Zealand in New Zealand. AB de Villiers is also the top two record holders in this list with 106* runs at Wellington (25th February 2012) and 89* runs at Mount Maunganui on (21st October 2014).
- South African skipper AB de Villiers played a superb knock of 85 runs in this match. At the end of the match, AB de Villiers has scored total 537 runs as ODI skipper against New Zealand on the New Zealand soil. Surpassing former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s runs (456 as ODI captain) in this match, AB de Villiers became the second highest runs scorer as a captain against New Zealand on their home soil. Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is the record holder in this list with 596 runs.
- New Zealand was bowled out for just 112 runs. It is New Zealand’s lowest ODI total against South Africa. New Zealand’s previous lowest ODI total against South Africa was 114/5 (in 32.4 overs) at Durban on 1st November 2000 (previous lowest completed ODI total – 134 in 39.5 overs at Cape Town on 6th December 1994).
- South Africa won this ODI by 159 runs. It is South Africa’s largest ODI victory (by runs) against New Zealand. The previous record was by 143 runs at Auckland on 27th March 1999.
- New Zealand lost this ODI by 159 runs. It is New Zealand’s 3rd largest ODI defeats (by runs) on their home soil. The top two in this list are: 203 runs against West Indies at Hamilton on 8th January 2014 and by 189 runs against Sri Lanka at Auckland on 6th January 2007.