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February 18, 2003 13:16 IST
Pakistan vs Namibia, De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
- Melt van Schoor and Rudi van Vuuren became the 12th and 13th players to appear for Namibia in LOIs.
- Pakistan's Wasim Akram became the most capped player in the World Cup. He was appearing in his 34th match, which takes him past the tally of 33 matches each by Pakistani Javed Miandad and Australian Steve Waugh.
- Saeed Anwar, who last appeared in a LOI match for Pakistan in the ICC Trophy at Colombo in September last, became the second highest run scorer for Pakistan in the World Cup during his brief knock of 23 runs. He now has an aggregate of 720 runs in 17 matches, which takes him past the tally of 700 runs by Rameez Raja in 16 matches. Javed Miandad continues to be Pakistan's top run-getter in the World Cup with 1083 runs in 33 matches.
- The figures of 2-51 by Gerrie Snyman and Bjorn Kotze now represents the joint best bowling performance for Namibia in LOIs.
- Wasim Akram (5-28 in 9 overs) became the second bowler to take a five wicket haul at this venue after England's Mark Ealham, who incidentally has the best bowling figures of 5-15 against Zimbabwe on 30-1-2000 at Kimberley.
- This was the sixth occasion the Pakistani left arm pace bowler was taking a five-wicket haul in his career. He now joins teammate Saqlain Mushtaq, Sri Lankan Muthiah Muralitharan and South African Lance Klusener to become the fourth bowler to achieve this feat on six occasions in LOIs. However he is still short of the record haul of five-plus wickets by teammate Waqar Younis, who has done it a record 13 times!.
- These five wickets have taken Wasim Akram's career tally to 498 in 352 LOI matches.
- Meanwhile, Wasim Akram became the first bowler in World Cup history to capture 50 wickets when he captured the wicket of Melt van Schoor. He now has 51 wickets in 34 matches in the World Cup.
- Inzamam-ul Haq's catch of Stephan Swanepoel was his 12th catch in the World Cup (in 28 matches). This makes him the fielder with most catches for Pakistan in the World Cup. Both Miandad (in 33 matches) and Ijaz Ahmed (in 29 matches) have 11 catches each in the World Cup.
- The partnership of 42 runs between Bjorn Kotze and debutant Rudi van Vuuren was the fourth highest for the last wicket in the World Cup. The highest still remains as 71 runs between West Indians Andy Roberts & Joel Garner against India at Manchester on 9-6-1983.
- The above partnership was also the second highest for the 10th wicket against Pakistan in the World Cup. The best still remains as the unbeaten 64 between West Indians Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts at Birmingham on 11-6-1975.
- This was the first occasion in LOI history where the last wicket stand has contributed 50% of the teams total.
- Namibia's 84 (in 17.4 overs) was the fourth lowest total in the World Cup after the 45 by Canada (in 1979), 68 by Scotland (in 1999) and 74 by Pakistan (in 1992).
- This was the lowest score made against Pakistan by any team in the World Cup. The previous lowest was the 123 by Zimbabwe at The Oval on 11-6-1999.
- This was the lowest total at this venue by any team. Bangladesh had made 151 (43.1 overs) against the home side on 9-10-2002.
- Namibia's innings that lasted 17.4 overs was the third shortest in terms of overs by any team in LOIs after Zimbabwe, who were dismissed for 38 in 15.4 overs by Sri Lanka at SSC, Colombo on 8-12-2001 & Sri Lanka who were dismissed for 78 in 16.5 overs by Pakistan at Sharjah on 17-4-2002.
- The man of the match award was Wasim Akram's 21st of his career in 352 matches. This was Wasim's only second such award in the World Cup in 34 matches. His only other award in the World Cup came in the 1992 World Cup final against England on 25-3-1992 for scoring 33 and taking 3-49.