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Mohandas Menon |
February 12, 2003 19:18 IST
Australia vs Pakistan at The Wanderers, Johannesburg
Wasim Akram was appearing in his 33rd World Cup match. He equalled the tally of former team mate Javed Miandad and Australia's Steve Waugh, who had the most appearances in the World Cup.
- The catch of Jimmy Maher was Rashid Latif's 150th catch of his career in his 183rd match as a keeper. He becomes the second Pakistani after Mohin Khan (191 catches) and the sixth keeper to reach this landmark.
- The partnership of 54 runs between Andrew Symonds and Ian Harvey just failed to surpass Australia's best for the 7th wicket in the World Cup by one run! The record still remains with Doug Walters and Gary Gilmour, when they put on an unbeaten 55 runs against England at Leeds in the 1975 edition.
- Andrew Symonds's unbeaten 143 was his maiden hundred in his 55th match. His previous highest was the unbeaten 68 he made against India at Galle on 23-8-1999.
- Symonds recorded the highest score by an Australian batsman at this ground. Michael DiVenuto had previously made 89 against the home team on 8-4-1997.
- It was also the highest by an Australian in South Africa. Ricky Ponting had made 129 against the home team at Bloemfontein 30-3-2002.
- It was also the highest ever individual score made at this ground eclipsing the previous best of 133 (not out) by South African Gary Kirsten against India on 5-10-2001.
- Symonds became the only second Australian batsman to make a three figure score while batting at number six. Michael Bevan had made 102 not out against New Zealand at Melbourne on 29-1-2002.
- Symonds's 143 is now the second highest individual score by a batsman at number six in LOI history. Only Kapil Dev (175* against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells in 1983) has made a bigger score while batting at number six.
- However, Symonds becomes the first number six batsman to make a hundred against Pakistan. South African Jonty Rhodes had made 98 at this batting position at Durban on 8-12-2002.
- Symonds now has the highest score by an Australian in a WC match. Mark Waugh had made 130 against Kenya at Visakhapatnam on 23-2-1996.
- Australia's total of 310-8 was the highest made by any team at this ground. South Africa had made 280-4 (in 48.2 overs) against India on 5-10-2001.
- Though Australia's highest total in a World Cup game still remains 328-5 against Sri Lanka at The Oval on 11-6-1975, this was made in a 60-over match. Hence the 310-8 is its highest in a 50-over WC match. Australia had made 304-7 against Kenya at Visakhapatnam on 23-2-1996.
- The catch of Afridi was Adam Gilchrist's 250th dismissal (213 ct+37 st) in 148 matches. He becomes the only second keeper in LOI history to reach this landmark after Pakistan's Moin Khan, who has 257 dismissals (191ct+66st) in 182 matches. For the record, Moin needed 176 matches to reach 250 dismissals in 2000.
- The partnership of 54 runs between Rashid Latif and Wasim Akram was Pakistan's best for the 8th wicket in the World Cup, obliterating the previous best of 36 runs between Zaheer Abbas and Sarfraz Nawaz against England in the 1983 edition on 13-6-1983. The partnership was also the best by any team against Australia in the WC for the 8th wicket. During the 1999 WC, Bangladeshi Minhazul Abedin and Enamul Hoque had put on an unbeaten 35 at Chester-le-Street on 27-5-1999.
- The wicket of Wasim Akram was Ian Harvey's 50th of his career in 44 matches. He becomes the 24th Australian and the 138th bowler in LOI history to reach this landmark.
- Since their back to back loss to Pakistan in June 2002 at Melbourne and Brisbane respectively, Australia have appeared in 19 matches -- winning 16, losing just two (both to Sri Lanka), with one match ending in no-result! During this same period Pakistan, in 22 matches, have lost 11 and won 10 -- with victories coming against Sri Lanka (1), Kenya (2), Holland (1), Zimbabwe (5) and South Africa (1).
- This was Symonds's third man of the match award of his career in 55 matches.
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