Ryan Burl’s record high, and Australia’s record low

By Sampath Bandarupalli

Stats highlights from Zimbabwe’s historic victory against Australia in Townsville

1 – Zimbabwe’s three-wicket win in Townsville was their first victory against Australia in Australia in any format. Before this win, Zimbabwe had lost 12 ODIs and two Tests against Australia in Australia, while another ODI ended in a washout.

141 – Australia’s total was their lowest against Zimbabwe in ODIs. Their previous lowest was 209 for 9 during the 2014 tri-series in Harare. It is also Australia’s second lowest ODI total at home in the last 20 years, after the 74 all out against Sri Lanka in 2013.

18 – The number of balls Ryan Burl needed to complete his five-wicket haul – the second fewest deliveries taken for a five-for in men’s ODIs since 2001. Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas had taken a five-wicket haul in 16 balls against against Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup.

66.66 – The percentage of Australia’s total of 141 scored by David Warner (94), the second highest contribution by a player in a completed innings in men’s ODIs. Only Viv Richards is ahead of Warner: Richards’ 189 against England in 1984 accounted for 69.48% of West Indies’ total of 272 for 9.

102 – Number of ODIs for Mitchell Starc to complete 200 ODI wickets, the fastest to the milestone, breaking Saqlain Mushtaq’s record of 104 matches. Starc is also the fastest to 200 ODI wickets in terms of balls bowled (5240).

1 – Burl became the first Zimbabwe player to take a five-wicket haul against Australia. Duncan Fletcher’s 4 for 42 during the 1983 World Cup were the previous best ODI figures for Zimbabwe against Australia. Burl’s 5 for 10 is the second best performance by a Zimbabwe spinner, behind Graeme Cremer’s 6 for 46 against Kenya in 2009.

2 – Burl’s bowling figures are also the second best for a spinner in men’s ODIs in Australia. Only Yuzvendra Chahal is ahead of Burl, with 6 for 42 against the hosts in 2019.

10 – Runs conceded by Burl for his five-wicket haul, the cheapest five-for in men’s ODIs against Australia. The previous best was by Ravi Shastri in Perth in 1991, when he took five wickets for 15 runs. Burl’s effort was also the cheapest five-for in Australia in men’s ODI and the second cheapest for Zimbabwe.

12 – The number of runs Australia scored for their last five wickets, their second worst five-wicket collapse in the last 25 years in men’s ODIs. Australia had lost their last five wickets for one run against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2011.