Faf du Plessis’ bat went all guns blazing while Sri Lanka dished out one of the most competitive performances of the tour to give the hosts a scare, but it didn’t bother South Africa that much as Sri Lanka are left without a win on this tour.
Here are some of the statistical highlights from fourth ODI:
50 Number of fifties in ODIs for AB De Villiers, second-most by South African after Jacques Kallis (86) and 24th overall to score fifty in ODIs. He has 24 ODI hundreds and ranks 14th in most fifty-plus score in ODIs.
185 Runs scored by Faf du Plessis in this match, the second best highest score for South Africa. Former opener and former Indian coach Gary Kirsten with 188 not out is the highest individual score for South Africa in ODIs which he achieved in 1996 World Cup against the United Arab Emirates.
2 Hundreds scored by Faf du Plessis in this series, the most by him in bilateral series. He had scored three hundreds in a series in 2004 which was triangular series between Zimbabwe, Australia and South Africa.
22 Times, South Africa has scored 350-plus in an inning in ODIs, just one short of India who has 23 such scores in ODIs.
100 Runs scored by Sri Lanka in first ten overs, second-most by them in ODIs since 2001. They had made 133 in ten overs against England at Leeds in 2006 in a chase of 322. Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya’s 286 runs first-wicket partnership helped them to chase this total within 40 overs. That partnership is still the best for first-wicket partnership in ODIs.
5 Hundreds scored in ODIs by Sri Lanka captain last 10 years, including Tharanga’s hundred today. Last time century from Sri Lankan captain was by Angelo Mathews in 2014 against India at Ranchi when he made unbeaten 139.
10.42 Lahiru Kumara’s economy rate in this match, third-worst by Sri Lankan bowler delivering five or more overs. Lasith Malinga’s 12.52 against India in 2012 is the worst figure by a Sri Lankan bowler where he conceded 96 runs in 7.4 overs.