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Stats: Ponting maintains perfect record at WC

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February 22, 2011 10:16 IST
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# Shane Watson has recorded five successive innings of 40-plus in India -- 41, 49, 93 & 49 against India and 79 against Zimbabwe.

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# Watson is averaging 45.46 for winning cause – 2455 in 89 matches, including four centuries and 14 fifties.

# Watson (79 off 92 balls) has recorded his highest innings in the world cup, bettering the 65 not out against New Zealand at St.George's on April 20, 2007.

# Watson has averaged 112.00 in the World Cup – 224 runs at a strike rate of 126.55, including two half-centuries.

# Watson's fourth fifty in India is his 20th fifty in ODIs.

# By playing in his 40th game in the World Cup, Ricky Ponting has set a record for appearing in most games, overtaking Glenn McGrath's tally of 39.

# Ponting has been dismissed 'run-out' five times in the World Cup. Twice against West Indies and once each against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and England.

# Australia's superb 91-run win is the second biggest by runs margin at Motera, behind the 144-run triumph by Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe on October 10, 2006.

Team Australia# Mitchell Johnson (4/19) has bowled brilliantly to set a record for the best bowling performance at Motera, Ahmedabad, obliterating Farveez Maharoof's 4 for 20 for Sri Lanka against India on November 6, 2005.

# Michael Clarke (58 not out off 55 balls) has played a superb innings -- his fifth fifty in the World Cup.

# Clarke has averaged 54.20 against Zimbabwe -- 271 in eight matches, including one century and one fifty at a strike rate of 89.43.

# For the first time in India, Clarke has recorded successive innings of fifty-plus. In his previous innings, he had made 111 not out against India at Visakhapatnam on October

# Clarke has amassed 494 runs at an average of 98.80 in the World Cup. His tally includes five fifties in 10 innings.

# Clarke (5986 at an average of 44.01 in 189 matches) requires 14 runs to complete his 6,000 runs in ODIs.

# Australia's total of 262 for six is the highest in the world cup at Motera, bettering the 239 for six by New Zealand against England on February 14, 1996.

# Chris Mpofu (2/58) has emulated his best performance in the World Cup. Against Ireland at Kingston on March 15, 2007, he had produced similar figures.

# Craig Ervine, on his World Cup debut, has posted a duck -- his first duck in ODIs.

# With a magnificent victory over Zimbabwe, Australia have played 30 consecutive games between May 27, 1999 and February 21, 2011 without losing, extending their record at the World Cup. Their tally includes 24 games in a row won by them between June 20, 1999 and February 21, 2011.

# Ponting has won all 23 matches in the World Cup captained by him, maintaining a cent per cent record in the world cup. He is the only captain to enjoy a cent per cent record in this prestigious tournament (minimum seven games).

# Australia have won 8 and lost one out of nine played against Zimbabwe at the World Cup.

# Graeme Cremer and Prosper Utseya have added 49 -- Zimbabwe's highest against Australia for the eighth wicket in ODIs, surpassing the 34 between Heath Streak and Taibu at Bulawayo on February 24, 2003.

# Cremer (37) has registered his career-best innings in ODIs, bettering the 31 not out against Kenya at Harare on October 13, 2009.

# Watson has got his 12th MOM award in ODIs – his first against Zimbabwe.

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