The series was drawn 1-1 after NZ’s unexpected win in the first Test. It was only the second Test win for them at home. The previous win was in March 2004 at Auckland. They have never won a Test series against SA, though some have been drawn. Their best performance was probably the 2-2 draw in SA in 1961-62.
Summary of all Tests between these teams:
We can see that SA has historically done better.
Now for individual performances, starting with
Most runs (750 and above):
Led by Kallis, while Williamson is the only current player here.
Kallis has the most centuries-6
Kallis also has the most 50+ scores (12) followed by Amla (11).
Highest innings (125 and above):
While there are several large scores from the past, the highest from this series was 136* by SA newcomer K Verreynne. Williamson is also in this list although he did not play in this series.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):
Headed by DJ McGlew from the past. No current players here.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):
Headed by GC Smith. This list also includes Williamson and Elgar.
Finally, we look at centuries in the fourth innings:
It is clearly more difficult to make a century in the fourth innings than the other innings. The most centuries here is by Younis Khan (5), while 4 others have scored 4 each (GC Smith, RR Sarwan, RT Ponting and SM Gavaskar).
Among current players there are KS Williamson (3), AK Markram, BA Stokes and several others with 2.
Among Indian players, there are Gavaskar (4) and Tendulkar (3).
Those who loved the fourth innings:
W Watson (Eng) made both his centuries in the fourth innings.
No one else has scored 2 or more centuries in the fourth innings and none in other innings.
The next best is 2 out of 4 by JB Stollmeyer.
Those who hated the fourth innings:
There is a long list of prominent batsmen who scored many centuries but none in the fourth innings.
This is headed by SR Waugh (Aus) with 37 centuries. Next are SPD Smith (Aus) with 32, M Yousuf (Pak) with 24, JE Root and V Sehwag with 23.
It is just possible that Smith and Root will score a century in the fourth innings in the future. Or Smith may cross Waugh’s record of 37.
The first surprise here is that Bradman does not appear. Perhaps he did not bat enough in the third innings.
The leading batsman PBH May is a bit of a surprise. He is followed by JH Kallis and DCS Compton.
No current player appears in the top 10. The only players from recent times are K Sangakkara who retired in 2015 and HM Amla (2017). Batting in the third innings must have become more difficult in recent times.
From India there are M Amarnath and VVS Laxman.
Now for the fourth innings:
The cutoff here is 40.00.
Headed by Boycott, Gavaskar and Hobbs.
Current players here are KS Williamson (at 7), Kohli (at 8) besides recent player Younis Khan (at 9).
Other current players include AD Mathews (has he retired from Tests?), DA Warner, DM Bravo, Shakib Al Hasan, Asad Shafiq and R Taylor.
From India there are Gavaskar and Kohli in the top 10, followed by Dravid and Laxman.
It would seem that recent players have coped better with the fourth innings than with the third innings.
Another interesting topic to study would be the batters and bowlers who have done best in the fourth innings.
(Note: the series record is 673 by SR Tendulkar in 2003)
1. MA Starc 27 wickets
2. LH Ferguson 21
3. JC Archer 20
4. Mustafizur Rahman 20
(Note: Starc has the new series record, surpassing the 26 by GD McGrath in 2007.)
1. EJG Morgan 22
2. AJ Finch 18
3. RG Sharma 14
4. CH Gayle 12
5. JJ Roy 12
(The series record is 26 by CH Gayle in 2015.)
Man of the Series: KS Williamson, for captaincy and 578 runs.
Also: While there have been tied matches in past World Cups (including the Aus v SA semi final in 1999), this is the first to involve a Super Over.
From Cricinfo: There had only been 37 ties in the 4045 ODIs that had been played till then, and only four in 445 World Cup matches; none since 2011. England had been involved in eight ties before this, and New Zealand seven, and in matches involving both, there had been three. The law of probabilities would have given it a 0.91% chance.
Future internationals in this match included Worker, Williamson, Southee, CJ Anderson and Boult from NZ and Kohli, SS Tiwary, MK Pandey and Sir Ravindra Jadeja (though he was a minor nobleman at that time) from India.
In the other semi-final SA won against Pak.
In the final, Ind won against SA by 12 runs (again by D/L):
Tests between NZ and SA are not normally followed much in India-and particularly the just-concluded series which coincided with an intense India-Australia series. In case you missed it, SA won 1-0 with 2 draws. NZ would almost certainly have won the 3rd Test if rain had not washed out the last day.
As you will see from the table below, New Zealand finds it particularly to defeat South Africa at home- they have won precisely one Test there in Tests since 1932-33. They have done slightly better in South Africa, winning 3 Tests.
That one Test win was in March 2004, which resulted in a 1-1 drawn series. In South Africa, the 1961-62 series was drawn 2-2 with one draw. In 1994-95, New Zealand won the first Test of the series in South Africa but went on to lose the series 2-1.
We now proceed to Batting-most runs (500 and more):
The most centuries are 6 by Kallis followed by 4 by Amla. Kallis and Amla also have the most 50+ scores (12 and 11 respectively).
Highest individual scores (125 and above):
In this series, KS Williamson made the highest score for NZ v SA in NZ, surpassing the 170 by SB Styris in 2004. (That was in the one Test which NZ won at home against SA). However the highest by NZ against SA is still SP Fleming’s 262 in 2006.