South Africa have been emphatic against Sri Lanka during the ODI series and are looking to complete a whitewash over the visitors. ANITHA MADIKIZELA analyses the stats going into the final fixture.
The Proteas are leading the five-match series 4-0 following solid performances from the usual suspects. Plenty of new faces have also made their mark throughout the summer and will be keen to impress in South Africa’s final ODI before the World Cup.
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Stats at Newlands
- The Proteas have played 35 matches under Table Mountain and have won all but six encounters.
- The visitors have only featured three times at the venue and won once only, back in 2003.
- JP Duminy is the leading run-scorer among the current squad. He will be hoping to add plenty more to his 352 runs, considering it will be his final appearance at the venue in ODI’s following his retirement announcement.
Proteas milestones to watch
- Faf du Plessis is 18 runs away from eclipsing Hashim Amla (1063) as South Africa’s third-highest run-scorer against Sri Lanka in ODIs.
- Dale Steyn needs four more wickets to reach 200 ODI victims. He’ll have to beat his previous best of 3-33 at the venue to reach the milestone in Cape Town.
- David Miller is 23 away from 500 ODI runs against the visitors, and with one of his signature innings could pass the 3000 ODI career-runs mark by adding 78 runs to his tally.
- Imran Tahir needs only two wickets to claim second spot on the wicket-taking charts against Sri Lanka from Allan Donald, who occupies the position with his 32 wickets.
The series so far
- Tahir and Lungi Ngidi have the joint-most wickets in the series with seven apiece. The pair have Anrich Nortje hot on their heels to finish top of the pile with his six scalps so far.
- Quinton de Kock has been in smashing form throughout the series and leads the charts with 347 runs in his four innings. The left-hander has eclipsed Amla as South Africa’s second-highest run-scorer against Sri Lanka, and is eyeing a Proteas-record sixth consecutive half-century at Newlands.
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