India vs South Africa: 15 Reasons to Watch the…

New Delhi: A historic series triumph sealed, India are expected to put their bench strength to test while a vanquished South Africa would aim for a consolatory win when the two sides square off in the sixth and final ODI, on Friday. The Men in Blue have already won the six-match series with a 4-1 margin, after victories in Durban, Centurion, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Their only loss came at the rain-affected fourth ODI in Johannesburg.

Cricketnext takes a look a some of the records that can be equalled or broken in this match and also some important numbers.

297: The average first innings score at this venue extrapolated over the last 10 innings excluding abandoned and cancelled matches. The last time these two sides played at Centurion (earlier this series), South Africa scored their lowest ever total on home soil: 118 runs. This was India’s second-best victory in terms of balls remaining against any opponent.

33%: South Africa’s win rate at Centurion against India, their worst at any home venue.

16: Most wickets taken by a spinner in South Africa (Kuldeep Yadav) in a series against SA in SA. He is closely followed by Yuzvendra Chahal who has picked up 14 wickets this series.

319: Highest successful run chase by South Africa against ENG in 2016.

178: Highest individual score here by Quinton de Kock against AUS in 2016.

5/14: Best bowling figures here by Trent Johnston (IRE) against Canada in 2009.

26: No. of runs required by Virat Kohli to become the leading run getter in a single bilateral ODI series against South Africa in South Africa. The current record of 454 runs is held by Kevin Pietersen who managed this in 2004/05.

2002: The last time South Africa lost a home series of 5+ matches on home soil. Australia won the series by a margin of 1-5 in the 7-match series with 1 game being abandoned

30: Wickets taken by Indian spinners this series, the most by a team’s spin attack in a bilateral ODI series in South Africa. The previous best was 24 wickets by the West Indies spinners during their tour in 1998/99.

4: MS Dhoni requires 4 catches to complete 300 catches in ODIs. He currently holds the record for most catches taken.

33: Runs MS Dhoni needs to complete 10,000 ODI runs. He will be the 12th ODI player to reach this landmark and the 4th Indian after Tendulkar (18,426), Ganguly (11,363) & Dravid (10,889).

3: More wickets for Imran Tahir to be the first SA spinner to take 50 ODI wickets in SA.

143.00: Virat Kohli’s batting average this series. It is the second-best batting average by a batsman in a 5+ match bilateral ODI series against South Africa in South Africa. The highest average belongs to Kevin Pietersen (151.33).

54: International centuries for Hashim Amla. If he scores one more, he will be the joint- 5th-most prolific century-maker in international cricket behind Tendulkar (100), Ponting (71), Sangakkara (63) & Kallis (62): he will join Kohli on 55 international centuries.

80.55: Batting average of Virat Kohli as captain in ODIs: the highest by any ODI skipper to have batted 20 or more times. Since NZ toured India last year, Kohli has scored 4 tons and one fifty in 8 ODI innings.