South Africa secured a commanding eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Johannesburg to go 1-0 up in the five-match ODI series. ANITHA MADIKIZELA digs into the stats ahead of the second ODI at SuperSport Park.
The Proteas will be hoping to replicate their stellar performance in the first ODI with one eye on some of milestones on the horizon for some of the home players. None more so than captain Faf du Plessis, who will be hoping to tick off a few of his upcoming achievements on domestic home soil in Centurion.
Proteas milestones to watch out for
- Du Plessis needs 40 more runs to reach 5000 ODI career runs – and he is currently averaging 46.79 at a strike rate of 88.41 in his 130 matches to date.
- Reeza Hendricks is 86 runs away from reaching 500 ODI career runs and will be hoping to pull off one of his trademark blistering innings at the top of the order in the hopes of securing a ticket to the World Cup in May.
- Kagiso Rabada requires just one more wicket to reach 100 ODI wickets, and the Proteas speedster will be keen to reach the milestone in his 64th match for the Proteas.
- Quinton de Kock needs 42 runs to equal AB de Villiers as the fourth-highest run-scorer for South Africa at Centurion. The retired batsman needed 20 innings to reach the mark, but De Kock could potentially eclipse the veteran after just nine games at the venue.
- Imran Tahir is four wickets away from Jacques Kallis’ tally of 31 victims against the visitors. Kallis ranks third only to Shaun Pollock (51) and Allan Donald (32) on the list of most wickets for a South African against Sri Lanka – while a fifer for Tahir would propel him into second place on the charts.
Faf versus the Lankans
- Du Plessis needs 90 to reach 1000 runs against Sri Lanka, and he will be hoping for a similar performance to his superb century in the first ODI.
- He is also 21 runs away from eclipsing AB’s 931 runs as the third highest by a South African against the touring side.
- The Proteas’ captain could also topple Herschelle Gibbs to claim second spot for the most catches against Sri Lanka – all he needs to do is bag two in the outfield. However, he is still five away from JP Duminy’s record of 19 catches against the opposition.
The series so far
- Du Plessis leads the run-scoring charts after his unbeaten century in the first ODI, and will be hoping a fruitful series against Sri Lanka will keep him near the top of the list.
- Imran Tahir and Lungi Ngidi are neck-and-neck at the top of the wicket-takers list as the pair each picked up three scalps apiece in Johannesburg on Sunday.
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