New Zealand v South Africa, 5th ODI, Auckland March 4, 2017

Tahir tops economy rates for South African spinners

Stats highlights from the deciding ODI between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park, where the hosts collapsed

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7 Consecutive bilateral ODI series won by South Africa since July 2015. They have won two of those away from home and five of them at home. In four of those instances, they won the deciding match to win the series. During this streak South Africa have won 23 matches and lost nine.

2/14 Imran Tahir's spell from ten 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. Incidentally, four out of the top six most economical figures for a legspinner in ODIs are against New Zealand. Abdul Qadir has the best: 4 for 9 in 1986.

Most economical figures in ODIs by legspinners
Bowler Team Opposition Overs Runs Wickets  Eco    Year
  Abdul Qadir            PAK     NZ          10  9  4  0.9  1986
  Somachandra De Silva   SL      NZ          12  11  2  0.91  1983
  Shane Warne            AUS     WI          10  11  3  1.1  1999
  Paul Strang            ZIM     NZ          10  13  1  1.3  1997
  Anil Kumble            IND     KEN       10  14  3  1.4  2001
 Imran Tahir  SA   NZ          10  14  2  1.4  2017

2014 When New Zealand last lost an ODI series at home. Incidentally that was against South Africa as well. New Zealand had won eight successive bilateral ODI series before this loss. Only one team had had a longer sequence at home; South Africa won 17 consecutive bilateral series from 2002 to 2009. West Indies also won eight between 1981 and 1990.

106 Balls remaining in South Africa's victory - second largest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining for South Africa against New Zealand in ODIs. The highest was in 1994, when South Africa beat New Zealand in Perth with 117 balls remaining.

87.33 AB de Villiers' average in this series. De Villiers is the highest run getter in the series with 262 runs and two fifties. This is his second highest average in a five-match bilateral series away from home. He averaged 89.50 in India in 2015. Post this series, de Villiers averages 119 in New Zealand overall - the highest among all countries he has played in.

149 Lowest score for New Zealand against South Africa in ODIs while batting first. Incidentally, the previous instance where New Zealand scored lower than 160 while batting first was also at Eden Park against West Indies in 2013, when New Zealand were bowled out for 156.

Gaurav Sundararaman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo

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  • moaz786 on March 4, 2017, 10:53 GMT

    @MAHESHWARI24X7 Correct! Second on the list is Muralidaran's 10-0-15-1 against England on 18 November 2003.

  • maheshwari24x7 on March 4, 2017, 8:57 GMT

    Is this the most economical spell without a maiden?

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