Zimbabwe’s white-ball tour of South Africa ends today with the third T20I at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. Here are the stats ahead of the final clash.
With the series secured at 2-0, Faf du Plessis will sit out the final T20I as the Proteas are likely to field their most experimental team of the white-ball series to give their fringe players a last chance to impress before the Proteas head to Australia.
Willowmoore T20I and ODI stats
- Willowmoore Park makes its T20I debut today, although it has played host to 21 ODIs.
- South Africa has played nine ODIs at Willowmoore Park, winning eight of them convincingly, and losing just once.
- Their one ODI loss here came at the hands of Sri Lanka in 2002, when the Sri Lankans chased down South Africa’s target of 254 in 41.4 overs, with Marvan Atapattu scoring 123 off 121 balls (15 fours, one six).
- There have been nine ODI centuries recorded at Willowmoore Park, including 104 from Sachin Tendulkar and 109 from AB de Villiers, while the two highest ODI innings recorded at the ground were JP Duminy’ 129 against Zimbabwe in 2010, and Hashim Amla’s 140 against Bangladesh in 2008.
- Six bowlers have taken ODI four-fors at the ground, with spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan taking 5-23 against Pakistan in 1998. JP Duminy’s 4-16 against Ireland in 2016 is the second-best ODI bowling figures at Willowmoore Park, and he is the only South African to take an ODI four-for at the ground.
- The last time Zimbabwe played here was in 2010, when JP Duminy (129) and AB de Villiers (109) were the backbone of South Africa’s 399-6 off their 50 overs, with South Africa romping home by 272 runs.
- The last time South Africa played at the ground was against Ireland in 2016. South Africa again piling on the runs to score 354-5, with Temba Bavuma opening and scoring 113 as he shared an opening stand of 159 with Quinton de Kock (82) in 24 overs. Duminy took 4-16 as Ireland were bowled out for 148 in under 31 overs.
- That match in 2016 marked the ODI debuts of Temba Bavuma and Andile Phehlukwayo.
T20I Series stats
- Imran Tahir (5-23) and Kyle Jarvis (3-37) are the only two bowlers to have taken three-fors in the T20I series.
- Tahir is the leading wicket-taker with five victims from just the one match, followed by Lungi Ngidi, Chris Mpofu and Kyle Jarvis, each on three wickets from two matches.
- The Proteas new-boy Rassie van der Dussen leads the run-scoring list with 69 runs from his two innings, followed by Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams on 62. David Miller (58) and Peter Moor (53) are hot on their tails.
- Van der Dussen is the only batsman to register a half-century in the first two T20Is, his 56 off 44 balls at Buffalo Park included five fours and a six.
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