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Mohandas Menon |
February 23, 2003 18:21 IST
South Africa vs Bangladesh, Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein
- Makhaya Ntini's 4-24 (in 7.1 overs) equalled the best bowling performance by a South African bowler against Bangladesh. Shaun Pollock had identical figures in 9 overs against the Bangladeshis at Kimberley on 9-10-2002.
- The total of 108 runs was Bangladesh's lowest against South Africa. The former was dismissed for 133 at Potchefstroom on 3-10-2002.
- Bangladesh also recorded its lowest total in a World Cup match. The team was dismissed for 116 by New Zealand at Chelmsford on 17-5-1999.
- The ten-wicket win was the sixth to be achieved by a team in the World Cup. South Africa becomes the second team after the West Indies to achieve this on two occasions in the World Cup. The West Indies did this in 1983 and 1992, while for South Africa it was its second such win in the ongoing tournament.
- Bangladesh now has the dubious distinction of being the only team in the World Cup to lose a match by 10 wickets on two occasions! Sri Lanka had won by the same margin against Bangladesh a week ago at Pietermaritzburg on 14-2-2003.
- South Africa's second innings score of 109 for no wicket in 12 overs (R/o: 9.08) was the second fastest by any team scoring more than 100 runs in the World Cup. Australia had made 181-3 in 19.5 overs (R/o: 9.13) also against Bangladesh at Chester-le-Street on 27-5-1999.
- Gary Kirsten, during his unbeaten knock of 52 runs, reached his 50th run in 30 balls. This was the quickest fifty made by a South African batsman in the World Cup. The previous fastest by a South African in the World Cup was 36-ball fifty by Jacques Kallis during his knock of 53 not out against New Zealand at Birmingham on 10-6-1999. Earlier in the tournament, West Indian Ricardo Powell had also made a 30-ball fifty against Bangladesh at Benoni on 18-2-2003.
- For the record, the quickest fifty in the World Cup has come from Australian Tom Moody -- in 28 balls -- during his innings of 56 not out -- against a hapless Bangladeshi at Chester-le-Street on 27-5-1999.
- Bangladesh extended its dubious record of "no-win" match sequence to 30, which includes 28 losses and 2 no-results!
- The man of the match award was Ntini's third in 66 matches. His earlier two such awards came against Sri Lanka at Cape Town on 11-2-2001 (for his bowling performance of 5-37) and against New Zealand at Melbourne on 6-2-2002 (claimed 5-31).