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Home > Cricket > World Cup 2003 > News > Report

Beyond the boundaries

Harish Kotian | March 22, 2003 21:03 IST

When India meet Australia in the final of the 2003 World Cup on Sunday, it will be a contest between the two most aggressive batting line-ups in the competition.

While the bowlers have prospered in this tournament, the batsmen, especially those in the mould of Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar, have enjoyed creditable success.

The title-clash will, in some ways, represent the acme of aggression.

Both the teams have batsmen who believe in dominating the bowlers right from the outset. Little wonder more than 40 per cent of the runs scored by both the teams have come in boundaries.

While the Australian batsmen have hit 210 boundaries and 33 sixes in all their 10 matches preceding the finals, India is not far behind with 200 boundaries and 30 sixes.

The most number of boundary hits from the Australian blades came against Pakistan, when they hit 33 boundaries and 2 sixes in their score of 310-8, after being 86-4.

Coincidentally, the Indian batsmen too feasted on the Pakistani bowling: they hit a total of 29 boundaries and 3 sixes when they successfully chased 274 runs at Centurion. Tendulkar & Co also massacred the Namibian attack to score 311 runs with 29 boundaries and 4 sixes.

The tables below gives you a detail of runs scored by both teams in boundaries:

INDIA

TEAMSCORE4's6's
Holl204131
Aus125111
Zim255212
Nam311294
Eng250243
Pak276293
Ken226232
SL292197
NZ150170
Ken270147
TOTAL235920030
41.54% of total runs scored in boundaries

 

AUSTRALIA

TEAMSCORE4's6's
Pak310332
Ind128112
Holl170160
Zim248230
Nam301248
Eng208193
SL319287
NZ208174
Ken178264
SL212133
TOTAL228221033
45.49% of total runs scored in boundaries

 

Although in pure statistics Australia has been the best team in this World Cup, with India coming a distant second, India has won more man of the match awards than the dominant Aussies: the boys in blue walking with eight gold watches to seven from the men down under.

The Indian batsmen have dominated the awards (Tendulkar 3, Ganguly 2). The other three awards have been shared by the 3 fast bowlers underlining their role in India's turnaround. The only two matches in which the Indians did not walk away with the MoM awards was against The Netherlands and Australia.

Australia's seven MoM awards have, in contrast, been equally distributed, with Andrew Symonds winning it twice. Brett Lee, though, has yet to figure in the list. The other baffling aspect is that the Aussies have missed out on the awards on 3 occasions, against Zimbabwe, Kenya and New Zealand. Even a Brett Lee hat-trick against Kenya, was not sufficient to earn him the man of the match award.

Awards Won by Aussies

Won byAgainstType
A SymondsPakBatsman
D MartynHollBatsman
R PontingSLBatsman
A SymondsSLBatsman
J GillespieIndiaBowler
G McGrathNamBowler
A BichelEngBowler

Awards not won

Won byTeam
A BlignautZim
S BondNZ
A KarimKen

Awards won by India

Won byAgainstType
S TendulkarZimBatsman
S TendulkarNamBatsman
S TendulkarPakBatsman
S GangulyKenBatsman
S GangulyKenBatsman
A NehraEngBowler
J SrinathSLBowler
Z KhanNZBowler

Awards not won

Won byTeam
T de LeedeHoll
J GillespieAus

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