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Stats Preview: SA vs Ind (5th ODI): Hosts Looking To Improve Their Record On Port Elizabeth
By Sandy - Feb 12, 2018 9:00 am
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Hosts South Africa kept alive the six-match ODI series against India after securing a victory in the fourth ODI at The Wanderers Stadium (Johannesburg). In the rain-marred ‘Pink ODI’, South Africa beat India by 5 wickets and decreased India’s lead in this ODI series as the hosts are now behind by 1-3 margin.

However, India is still in the commanding position in this series as they can’t lose this six-match ODI series. On the other hand, the last two ODIs of this series are the must-win games for the hosts.

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The fifth ODI of this series will be played on Tuesday (13th February 2018) at the St George’s Park (Port Elizabeth). Before that day-night encounter, we will look over some important stats related with the match.

St George’s Park (Port Elizabeth)

Important stats previews related with St George’s Park (Port Elizabeth)

  • India never won an international match at this venue. At here, India have played two Tests and five ODIs, where they have drawn one Test and lost other six international matches. Out of five ODIs, India lost once against Kenya and four times against the hosts South Africa.
  • In ODIs, India never reached the 200-runs mark at this venue. India’s highest ODI total at this venue is 179/9 (50 overs) against South Africa on 2nd February 1997. Here are India’s ODI totals at this venue:

India’s ODI totals at St George’s Park (Port Elizabeth)

Total (Overs)OppositionDate
147 (49.4)South Africa9th  December 1992
179/9 (50)South Africa2nd February 1997
176 (46.4)Kenya17th October 2001
163 (38.1)South Africa29th November 2006
142/6 (32.5)South Africa21st January 2011


  • In their last five ODIs at this venue, South Africa won only twice and lost in the other thrice.
  • In the last four ODIs at this venue, the team batted second won the match.
  • In the last five ODIs at this venue, first innings average = 227 runs; second innings average = 229 runs
  • Only one skipper has managed to score an ODI century at this venue. Former South African skipper Graeme Smith had scored 105 runs against England on 4th February 2005.
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  • Highest individual ODI knock by an Indian batsman at this venue is 87* by Virat Kohli (against South Africa on 21st January 2011). Apart from Kohli’s innings, only two other Indian batsmen have managed to score 50+ runs at this venue. Those were 57 by Mohammad Azharuddin (against South Africa on 2nd February 1997) and 50 by Rahul Dravid (against South Africa on 2nd February 1997).
  • Best ODI bowling performance by an Indian bowler at this venue is 3/34 by Yuvraj Singh (against South Africa on 21st January 2011). He is the only Indian bowler who has claimed more than two wickets in an ODI innings at this venue.
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Individual achievements on the cards

  • Indian wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni only needs to take two more catches as a wicket-keeper to achieve 600 catches in International cricket. Only three wicket-keepers have achieved this rare feat and they are Mark Boucher (took 953 catches in international cricket), Adam Gilchrist (took 813 catches in international cricket) and Kumar Sangakkara (took 609 catches in international cricket).
MS Dhoni
  • Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni only needs to score 46 more runs to become the second wicketkeeper-batsman to achieve the 10,000-runs mark in any particular international cricket format. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already scored 9,954 runs in his ODI career.

Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara had scored 13,341 runs in his ODI career.