• - South Africa's margin of victory in this game - by 272 runs - provides the second largest victory in terms of runs in the history of One-Day International. The best is New Zealand's 290 runs win against Ireland at Aberdeen on 01.07.08.


    - South Africa's victory in this game represents the 29th win by a team with a margin of 200 plus runs.


    - This game provides the third occasion of team setting a target of 400 plus runs for a victory when the team has won by 200 plus runs in One-day games. The other two occasions are - New Zealand setting a target of 403 against Ireland at Aberdeen on 01.07.08 {New Zealand won by 290 runs} : India setting a target of 414 runs against Bermuda at Port of Spain on 19.03.07 {India won by 257 runs}.


    - South Africa's total of 399 for 6 in this game provide the tenth occasion of team setting a target of 400 plus runs for a team to win in the history of One-Day International.


    - JP Duminy {129} and AB de Villiers {109} scored hundreds in South Africa's

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  • MS Dhoni's candid confession that the Indian team was still looking for an all-rounder to fill in the No 7 slot has not come a moment too soon. As the ODI team prepares for the World Cup in real earnest it is imperative that the crucial slot is filled. The value of an all-rounder as different from a utility or bits and pieces cricketer cannot be overemphasized.


    In four successive campaigns from 1979 to 1992 the team had no worries, thanks to the presence of the peerless Kapil Dev. For good measure in a couple of those campaigns he had Ravi Shastri and Manoj Prabhakar for company.


    In 1996, Prabhakar and Ajay Jadeja were assigned the double duties while three years later Ajit Agarkar and Robin Singh were picked for the dual roles. None of the four really did a commendable job with the result that in 2003, with no ubiquitous player around, the team generally took the field with seven batsmen and four bowlers with a couple of batsmen sharing the ten overs. It worked like a dream. 


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  • It was somewhere around December 2008 that there was a gradual realization within sections of the Australian media that their national Test side was on the wane, that an empire had crumbled - an empire that in its heyday rewrote the rules by which Test cricket was, and still is, played; an empire whose core values of aggression and intimidation as the template for Test success have been adopted by most Test-playing nations today.


    India's part in the story of that decline is well known and extensively documented. And then there was Graeme Smith and his men, who outthought and outperformed their traditional nemesis and exposed Australia's post-2006 transition plans as a pipe dream, and thus helped push Australian cricket into an acute identity crisis, which was exacerbated by Andrew Strauss and his England side which regained the Ashes in the most convincing fashion later in 2009.


    Add to this the more recent whitewash of Ricky Ponting and his men at India's hands in a truncated Test

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