After being set a target of 279 runs to win the first ODI, Amla (110*) and de Kock (168*) finished the game with ease in 42.5 overs. They added 282 runs for the first wicket in the 10-wicket victory. This is the highest score scored by a chasing team without losing a wicket. England’s Alex Hales and Jason Roy put on 256* after they were set 255 to chase by Sri Lanka in Birmingham last year.
282 is also the highest-ever partnership for South Africa in ODIs. The previous record was held by JP Duminy and David Miller. They had added 256* in for the fifth-wicket World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Hamilton.
Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya’s record 286 for the opening wicket against England in 2006 at Leeds has survived yet another scare. David Warner and Travis Head added 284 against Pakistan in Sydney this year.
Amla and de Kock’s 282* is the joint third-highest with Tharanga-Tillakartne Dilshan in 2011 World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Pallekele. Overall, 282* is the joint sixth-highest partnership.
With 282 runs, Amla-de Kock partnership has now aggregated 3664 runs in 77 innings at 48.85. This is the most prolific ODI partnership for South Africa leaving Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith’s 3607 behind.
For the opening wicket, Amla and de Kock have scored 3512 runs in 75 innings. It is the sixth-highest opening partnership in ODI cricket.
-Ruffin, Correspndent, bdcrictime.com