Pat Cummins Completes 100 ODI Wickets
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Australia pacer Pat Cummins on Saturday completed his 100 ODI wickets against South Africa during the first match of the series at Boland Park, Paarl. Cummins achieved the feat during the first ODI against Proteas while playing in his 62nd game for Australia. Before the match, the pacer was two scalps away from the 100 wickets milestone. In the ongoing match, he scalped the wicket of Temba Bavuma (26) and debutant Kyle Verreynne (48) to complete his 100 ODI wickets.

Interestingly, Cummins made his ODI debut against Proteas in Centurion in 2011. The number-five ranked ODI bowler had clinched four wickets against South Africa in the recently concluded T20I series. The series was won by Australia 2-1.

The 26-year-old has played 30 Tests and picked 143 wickets with an average of 21.82. He is also the number one Test bowler. The right-arm pacer has featured in 28 shortest format games and scalped 36 wickets so far.

Talking about the first ODI, a maiden international century by Heinrich Klaasen lifted South Africa after they made a poor start vs Australia. Klaasen hit 123 not out in a South African total of 291 for seven after home captain Quinton de Kock won the toss and decided to bat.

South Africa were 48 for three when Klaasen went to the wicket. He shared stands of 78 for the fourth wicket with Kyle Verreynne, who made 48 on his international debut, and 149 for the fifth wicket with David Miller (64).

Klaasen, 27, was playing in his 15th one-day international. He more than doubled his previous highest score of 59. He faced 114 balls and hit seven fours and three sixes on a day when boundaries were scarce on a large outfield. The rest of the batsmen hit only ten fours and a six.