Ireland team on Friday, while chasing 347 runs in the 3rd ODI at one stage, were reduced to 92/6 but Simi Singh who came in at number 8, smashed a century and helped Ireland put a respectable total of 276 runs on board in the end. Initially, South Africa had posted a very competitive total of 346 runs on the board with the help of a 225-run opening partnership between Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock.
Lizaad Williams, who made his ODI debut on Friday, has become only the 3rd South African bowler after Martin Van Jaarsveld and Monde Zondeki, to pick a wicket in the first ball of his ODI career itself. Though Ireland ended up losing the 3rd ODI, still Simi Singh's gritty knock of 100*(91) and his 104-run partnership with Curtis Campher has enabled him to enter the record books in ODIs.
Let us have a look at some of the numbers from the game:
8 - Simi Singh became the first player to smash a century in ODIs while batting at number 8 (or) lower position.
Highest score in ODIs while batting at number 8 (or) below:
Simi Singh - 100* vs SA, 2021
Chris Woakes - 95* vs SL, 2016
Sam Curran - 95* vs Eng, 2021
Andre Russell - 92* vs WI, 2011
Nathan Coulter-Nile - 92 vs WI, 2019
100 - Simi Singh and Curtis Campher had a 104-run partnership for the 7th wicket. The partnership was the first 100+ run partnership for Ireland for any wicket between 7th to 10th in ODI format.
Highest partnership (for 7th to 10th wicket) for Ireland in ODIs:
Simi Singh & Curtis Campher - 104 runs vs SA, 2021
George Dockrell & Paul Stirling - 76 runs vs Afg, 2019
Kevin O'Brien & Andrew White - 74 runs vs Eng, 2006
130 - Simi Singh batted for 130 minutes in his innings of 100*(91) while coming at number 8 position.
Most minutes batted in an ODI innings while coming at number 8 (or) lower position:
Chris Woakes - 145 mins vs SL, 2016
Chris Harris - 142 mins vs Aus, 1997
Kumar Dharmasena - 137 mins vs SA, 1997
Sam Curran - 134 mins vs Ind, 2021
Simi Singh - 130 mins vs SA, 2021
Brett Lee - 130 mins vs SA, 2006