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Oram records best figures for NZ

September 11, 2004 17:26 IST

• This match was the 2168th one-day international in the history of cricket.

• United States of America became the 19th country to play one-day international cricket. Interestingly, only two players, Leon Romero and Jignesh Desai, out of the 11 who played in this match, were born in USA. Seven players of this USA side were born in the Caribbean and two in Pakistan.

• The USA team consisted of four 40-plus, two 35-plus and three 30-plus players. Only two players were below 30 years with Steve Messiah being the youngest at 25 years 81 days.

• Clayton Lambert became only the second player to represent two different countries in ODIs. Lambert had earlier represented West Indies in 11 matches from 1989-90 to 1998-99. Kepler Wessels, the first player to do so, had represented Australia in 54 ODIs from 1982-83 to 1985 and South Africa in 55 ODIs from 1991-92 to 1994-95.

• Incidentally, two other players have appeared in a Test match for one country and for another in ODIs. John Traicos played 3 Tests for South Africa in 1969-70 and appeared in 27 ODIs (and 4 Tests) for Zimbabwe. Gavin Hamilton made a solitary Test appearance for England after appearing for Scotland in five ODI matches.

• New Zealand (347-4) posted their third highest total in ODIs. Their top two performances have come against India, 349 for 9 at Rajkot on 05-11-1999 and 348 for 8 at Nagpur on 26-11-1995.

• New Zealand's total is the highest ever total by any team in the ICC Champions Trophy obliterating South Africa's 316 for five against Kenya at Colombo RPS on 20-09-2002.

• Nathan Astle's unbeaten 145 (off 151 balls) is his career-best surpassing unbeaten 122 (off 150 balls) against England at Dunedin on 26-02-2002. Astle's innings is now the second highest by a New Zealander in ODIs after 171 not out (off 210 balls) by Glenn Turner against East Africa at Edgbaston on 07-06-1975.

• Astle's innings also equalled Zimbabwean Andy Flower's record of the highest individual score in an ICC Champions Trophy match. Flower had made his 145 off 164 balls against India at Colombo RPS on 14-09-2002.

• Astle's unbeaten 145 is the highest individual innings played by a New Zealand batsman in the ICC Champions Trophy. The previous record was on the name of Chris Cairns with his match winning unbeaten 102 (off 113 balls) against India at Nairobi on 15-10-2000.

• Astle became only the second batsman to carry his bat through a completed innings in the ICC Champions Trophy after India's Sourav Ganguly who did so against South Africa making an unbeaten 141 off 142 balls at Nairobi on 13-10-2000.

• The 163-run partnership between Astle and Scott Styris is the highest by any team for the third wicket in the ICC Champions Trophy. The pair obliterated the 160 run-partnership between Sri Lanka's Avishka Gunawardene and Mahela Jayawardene against West Indies at Nairobi on 04-10-2000.

• Craig McMillan (unbeaten 64 off 27 balls) took only 21 balls to reach his fifty. It is the second fastest half-century in the ICC Champions Trophy after Pakistan's Shahid Afridi's 18 ball-fifty against Holland at Colombo on 21-09-2002.

• McMillan equalled the existing New Zealand record of fastest fifty in an ODI. Lance Cairns had also made a 21-ball fifty against Australia at Melbourne on 13-02-1983.

• McMillan's innings included seven sixes – maximum by a Kiwi batsman. Chris Cairns had also hit seven sixes in his 115 against India at Christchurch on 19-01-1999.

• The 136-run unbroken stand between Astle and McMillan is the best partnership for the fifth wicket in the ICC Champions Trophy, surpassing the 118-run stand between Sri Lankan Russel Arnold and Mahela Jayawardene against India at Colombo RPS on 30-09-2002.

• New Zealand batsmen hit 13 sixes in the match – their best effort in ODIs. The previous record was of 10 sixes against Zimbabwe at Harare on 05-10-1997. Incidentally, the world record of most sixes in an innings is of 15 sixes hit by Australian batsmen against New Zealand at Christchurch on 26-02-2000.

• 186 runs of New Zealand's total came in boundaries (27 fours and 13 sixes). It was New Zealand's second best effort in all ODIs. The Kiwi batsmen had scored 198 runs in boundaries (36 fours and 9 sixes) against India at Rajkot on 05-11-1999 which still remains their best performance.

• Staple conceded 76 runs in his ten overs at an economy rate of 7.60, which is the worst by a debutant in a ten-over spell. The previous record was on the name of India's Karsan Ghavri who conceded 83 runs in 11 overs (RpO 7.55) against England at Lord's on 07-06-1975. The previous record of worst figures in a ten-over figures spell was in the name of another Indian Amit Bhandari,who went for 75 runs in his 10 overs (RpO 7.50) against Pakistan at Dhaka on 03-06-2000.

• Jacob Oram (5-36) recorded the best figures for New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy, surpassing Shane O'Connor's 5 for 46 against Pakistan at Nairobi on 11-10- 2000. Only South Africa's Jacques Kallis (5-30 v West Indies at Dhaka on 01-11-1998) has returned better figures than Oram in the ICC Champions Trophy.

• New Zealand's win by 210 runs is their biggest ever in ODIs, bettering their 206-run win by Australia at Adelaide on 27-01-1986. This is the seventh biggest win in all ODIs.

• New Zealand's win is the biggest by runs margin by any team in the ICC Champions Trophy, surpassing Sri Lanka's 206-run victory over Holland at Colombo RPS on 16-09-2002.

• Astle got his 21st Man of the Match award, the most for New Zealand. He moved ahead of Martin Crowe who had 20 Man of the match awards on his name.

Rajneesh Gupta