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AB de Villiers walks off after being dismissed for 99 against UAE in Thursday’s match. Photo: AFP (AFP)
AB de Villiers walks off after being dismissed for 99 against UAE in Thursday’s match. Photo: AFP

World Cup 2015: South Africa vs UAE in 5 milestones

South Africa ease past without a sweat and AB de Villiers makes hay under the Wellington sun

Well, at least the UAE made sure they didn’t let South Africa score a 400 against them. But they settled for a 146-run loss on Thursday in their Pool B match at Wellington, a game that seemed to drag on needlessly forever.

Here are five milstones that were conquered (or almost were):

1.AB de Villiers might have been sadly dismissed on 99 but he did manage to break one record while he was at it. He reached the tally of 20 sixes this World Cup—the most by any batsman in a single tournament (Matthew Hayden previously held this record for his 18 blitzers over the boundary in the 2007 tournament).

2.The average opening stand for South Africa this World Cup has been a dampening 11.5, the second-worst for any Test nation (Pakistan are the worst with 10.4). It probably has to do with opener Quinton de Kock’s awful batting average of 8.8 this World Cup. He has scored 53 runs in 6 innings, with a top score of 26 besides having the highest dot ball percentage in the 2015 tournament.

3.Let’s get back to de Villiers one more time. Two things: He looked like he would surpass Jacques Kallis as the leading World Cup run scorer for South Africa, but fell just seven runs short. But with 1,142 runs in this regard, he has managed to go a notch above Herschelle Gibbs (1,067). Second thing: He wanted to have some fun with the ball too and ended up taking his best ODI figures of 2/15 against the UAE (his previous best was 2/28 against New Zealand).

4.With South Africa completing this match, they have played 1000 international matches and have joined every top-eight team in doing so. Their first ever ODI was against India in Calcutta (now Kolkata) on 10 November 1991.

5.The UAE continue their dismal run in the tournament and are yet to successfully chase down a 300+ target in ODIs. They can probably be happy that they have Khurram Khan, one of three players to score 100 or more runs at World Cups at the age of 40 or above (the other two are Misbah-ul-Haq and yesteryear Dutch cricketer Flavian Alphonso).

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