• SA vs West Indies: Stats you need to know

    Seven interesting statistics-based facts about South Africa and the West Indies’ ODI record, ahead of Monday’s World Cup clash at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

    More than two thirds to South Africa

    • South Africa and the West Indies have contested 61 ODIs since the first in 1992. The Proteas have won 44 and the West Indians 15, with one tie and one no result. They haven’t met in the intermediate format of the international game in almost three years, though.

    Haven’t met in three years

    • The last time the Proteas and West Indians played an ODI was in June 2016, when a fine century from batsman Darren Bravo was the highlight. Captain Jason Holder and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite played, too, and are the only survivors of that match in the current squad.

    350 or more x four

    • South Africa boast two 400-plus and as many 350-plus ODI totals against the West Indies. Three came in 2015, when batsman AB de Villiers was in the middle of a fine stretch of form, and one in 2007. The West Indies’ highest ODI total against South Africa is 304 for two.

    Amla vs West Indies

    • Among the current squad, batsman Hashim Amla is South Africa’s leading ODI run-scorer against the West Indies. The veteran right-hander has gathered 1063 in 15 innings – at an average of almost 82 – against the men from the Caribbean. The tally includes five centuries.

    Triumphant Tahir

    • Leg-spinner Imran Tahir has taken 26 wickets in eight ODIs at an average of under 13 against the West Indies. The haul includes a career-best seven for 45, taken in Basseterre in 2016. He has one other five-for against them, collected in Sydney four years ago.

    Gayle vs South Africa

    • Opening batsman Chris Gayle averages under 32 and has a strike rate below 87 against South Africa in ODI cricket. Three of his 25 centuries, however, have come against the Proteas. All three were struck between 2004 and 2006 – and he hasn’t managed even an ODI half-ton against the South Africans since.

    Four years ago

    • South Africa and the West Indies opposed each other during the 2015 World Cup. The Proteas were comfortable victors by over 250 runs in Sydney, where de Villiers’ record 162 not out from 66 deliveries was later complemented by Tahir’s five-wicket haul.

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