South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 4 wickets in the third and last ODI at Boland Park in Paarl and completed the whitewash of Zimbabwe in the three match ODI series. First two games of this series were low scoring affairs.
For South Africa, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir were the stars. Steyn made his comeback in ODI side in the second game and scored his maiden ODI fifty when South Africa were reeling at 101/7 and later picked 2 wickets as well. In the same game Imran Tahir also picked a six-fer, including a hat-trick. On the other hand, Zimbabwe put up a decent fight throughout the series but their efforts weren't good enough to win a game.
All the major stats and facts from the three match ODI series between South Africa and Zimbabwe :
9 - JP Duminy (5016) became the 9th South African player to achieve the milestone of 5000 ODI runs.
9.10 - Imran Tahir picked 10 wickets at an average of 9.10 in this ODI series - the second best average for a South African bowler in a bilateral ODI series (Min 10 wickets).
Best bowling average for South Africa in an ODI series (Min 10 wickets) -
Shaun Pollock - 8.30 vs India, 2006
Imran Tahir - 9.10 vs Zimbabwe, 2018
Rusty Theron - 11.27 vs Zimbabwe, 2010
Morne Morkel - 11.41 vs India, 2011
Shaun Pollock - 11.54 vs West Indies, 1999
10 - Zimbabwe are on a 10-match losing streak in ODI cricket. Their last ODI victory came against Ireland in Harare during ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers earlier this year in March.
30 - South Africa have now played 30 consecutive ODIs against Zimbabwe without a loss - the most consecutive ODIs for a team against a particular opponent.
Most consecutive ODIs without a loss against an opponent -
South Africa - 30* vs Zimbabwe (2000-2018)
Australia - 28 vs Zimbabwe (1983-2014)
Pakistan - 26 vs Zimbabwe (1998-2011)
Pakistan - 25 vs Bangladesh (2000-2014)
40 - Imran Tahir who picked 6 wickets, including a hat-trick in the second ODI, became the oldest and overall 40th bowler to take hat-trick in ODI cricket.
200 - The second ODI of this series was Hamilton Masakadza's 200th ODI for Zimbabwe - only the fourth player to play 200 or more ODIs for Zimbabwe.
Most ODI appearances for Zimbabwe -
Grant Flower - 221
Andy Flower - 213
Elton Chigumbura - 208
Hamilton Masakadza - 201
6001 - Brendan Taylor (6001 runs) became the third Zimbabwean player to score 6000 or more runs in ODI cricket.
Most ODI runs for Zimbabwe -
Andy Flower - 6786
Grant Flower - 6571
Brendan Taylor - 6001
Hamilton Masakadza - 5567
Alastair Campbell - 5185