A determined South Africa defeated England in the first two matches of the three-match ODI series and eventually won the series 2–1. After winning the series, the Proteas looked set to qualify directly for the World Cup later this year, but a slow pace in the third ODI saw them lose some crucial points.
It was an all-rounder series where everyone from both sides took runs and wickets in different circumstances. To clinch the eighth spot, South Africa now need to win all the games in their upcoming series against the Netherlands, and then hope other results work in their favour.
English captain Jos Buttler was the highest run-getter in the series with 261 runs at an average of 130.50, and he was followed by Dawid Malan who scored 189 runs in three innings at an average of 63.00. Third on the list is South African captain Temba Bavuma, who has scored 180 runs in three innings at an average of 60. In the bowling department, Jofra Archer continues to top the charts with seven scalps in two matches, followed by Adil Rashid and Anrich Nortje. every six wickets.
Let’s look at the stats and numbers of the series between South Africa and England
232 – Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan put on 232, the highest fourth-wicket partnership for England in ODIs, surpassing Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flintoff’s stand of 226.
11 – Jos Buttler scored his 11th century in ODIs.
Most ODI centuries by wicketkeeper-batsmen:
23 – Kumar Sangakkara
17 – Quinton de Kock
16 – Adam Gilchrist
13 – Shai Hope
11 – Jos Buttler
347 – South Africa’s chase of 347 in the 2nd ODI is the third highest run chase for South Africa in ODIs, the 13th highest overall and the second highest against England
4 – Jofra Archer became the fourth bowler for England to take a six-wicket haul in ODIs. The other three in the list are Paul Collingwood, Reece Topley and Chris Woakes.
2 – Temba Bavuma scored his second ODI century as captain.
Most ODI hundreds for South Africa as captain:
13 – AB de Villiers
8 – Graeme Smith
5 – Faf du Plessis
2 -Temba Bavuma
8 – Jos Buttler has now scored eight ODI hundreds while batting at position 5 or below.
Most ODI centuries by batsmen in position 5 or below:
8 – Jos Buttler
7 -MS Dhoni
7 – Yuvraj Singh
4536 – Jos Buttler (4536) is now sixth in the list of leading run scorers for England in ODIs as he has surpassed Kevin Pietersen’s score of 4422.
Most runs for England in ODIs:
6957 -Eoin Morgan
6207 -Joe Route
5416 – Ian Bell
5092 -Paul Collingwood
4677 – Alec Stewart