Imran Tahir’s best economy rate as a South African spinner and Africa’s seventh consecutive series win. Here are the statistical highlights of the fifth ODI between New Zealand and South Africa at Auckland.
2/14 Imran Tahir’s figure from his 10 overs, the most economical bowling figures by a spinner in New Zealand and for South Africa. It is also the fourth most economical figures overall for South Africa in ODIs.
7 Consecutive bilateral series win for South Africa since July 2015. Two of those have been won away and five of them at home. Interestingly, four of them, they have won the deciding match to win the series.
1 Series lost by New Zealand since 2014 at home. Last time they lost a series at home was too against South Africa. Between the times, they won eight successive bilateral series at home. Only South Africa had a long winning sequence at home than New Zealand, where they had won 17 series between 2002 and 2009. West Indies too had won eight series at home between 1981 and 1990.
149 Lowest score New Zealand against South Africa in ODIs while batting first. Interestingly, the previous instance, when New Zealand score less than 160 while batting first was at Eden Park when they bowled out by West Indies on 156.