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South Africa’s Faf du Plessis celebrates his century against Ireland on Tuesday. Photo: AFP (AFP)
South Africa’s Faf du Plessis celebrates his century against Ireland on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
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World Cup 2015: South Africa vs Ireland in 5 milestones

South Africa are now joint record holders with India for most number of 400-plus totals in ODIs

Tuesday’s World Cup Pool-B match between Ireland and South Africa at the Manuka Oval in Canberra saw the Proteas post a mammoth total before winning the match by 201 runs. Here’s a quick look at five other milestones that were crossed along the way:

1. For the first time ever in an ODI, a team managed to score 400 or more runs in successive matches. South Africa also holds the record for crossing this score the most number of times, along with India (five times out of a total 14 occurrences). They also maintained their 100% win record against Ireland after taking them head-on four times in ODIs.

Hashim Amla got to 20 ODI centuries quicker than any other batsman in the game. Photo: Rob Griffith/AP
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Hashim Amla got to 20 ODI centuries quicker than any other batsman in the game. Photo: Rob Griffith/AP

2. Hashim Amla hit his highest ODI score before being dismissed for 159. Amla has also scored his 20 one-day centuries in fewer innings than any other batsman, taking 108 knocks compared to the 133 it took India’s Virat Kohli to reach the mark.

3. South Africa have now won five world cup matches by a margin of 200 runs or more—the most for any team. Their win against Ireland on Tuesday was their 51st match at World Cup tournaments; they have won 33 and lost 16, with two ties.

4. Faf du Plessis has scored 50 runs or more the most number of times (thrice) in this World Cup so far, along with Brendon McCullum and Lahiru Thirmanne. Du Plessis, however, has the highest average among them for now.

5. For the first time, an Irishman scored more than 50 runs against South Africa. Andy Balbirnie’s knock of 58 is also the highest by any Ireland batsman against South Africa. Kevin O’Brien who scored 48 in the same match now holds the second position in this list.

(With inputs from AFP and Reuters)

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