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Batting, bowling statistics after 30 matches

February 27, 2003 12:19 IST

Leading batting and bowling statistics after 30 matches of the 2003 World Cup (* denotes not outs):


 Highest individual scores: 172* Craig Wishart (Zimbabwe v Namibia, Harare); 152 Sachin Tendulkar (India v Namibia, Pietermaritzburg); 143* Andrew Symonds (Australia v Pakistan, Johannesburg); 143 Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa v New Zealand, Johannesburg); 141 Scott Styris (New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Bloemfontein); 134* Stephen Fleming (New Zealand v South Africa, Johannesburg); 120 Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka v New Zealand, Bloemfontein); 116 Brian Lara (West Indies v South Africa, Cape Town).

Leading run scorers: 371 Sachin Tendulkar (India), 303 Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), 237 Brian Lara (West Indies), 194 Craig Wishart (Zimbabwe), 192 Stephen Fleming (New Zealand), 187 Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), 183 Scott Styris (New Zealand), 178 Gary Kirsten (South Africa).


Best innings analysis: 6-23 Ashish Nehra (India v England, Durban); 6-25 Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Pietermaritzburg); 5-24 Collins Obuya (Kenya v Sri Lanka, Nairobi); 5-27 Austin Codrington (Canada v Bangladesh, Durban); 5-28 Wasim Akram (Pakistan v Namibia, Kimberley); 5-43 Rudi van Vuuren (Namibia v England, Port Elizabeth); 5-44 Vasbert Drakes (West Indies v Canada, Centurion Park); 4-6 Yuvraj Singh (India v Namibia, Pietermaritzburg).

Leading wicket-takers: 12 - Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka), 12 - Wasim Akram (Pakistan), 10 - Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), 10 - Vasbert Drakes (West Indies), 10 - Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan), 10 - James Anderson (England), 8 - Jason Gillespie (Australia), 8 - Timotheus de Leede (Netherlands), 8 - Craig White (England), 8 - Andre Adams (New Zealand).

Notable statistics after 18 days in the World Cup:

  • Seven centuries were scored in the first 14 matches, with a further three posted in the next 14. The highest was recorded by Zimbabwe's Craig Wishart, with a 149-ball 172 not out -- the 10th highest in history, 16 runs behind the World Cup record and 22 behind the one-day all-time record -- against Namibia in Harare (on Feb 10).
  • The first 28 matches have produced 10,562 runs, at an average of 188.60 per innings. There have been four innings scores above 300, while 20 have totalled below 150.
  • Australia's Ian Harvey, a late addition to the Australia squad after Shane Watson's injury, took a wicket with his first ball of the tournament by removing Pakistan's Saleem Elahi at The Wanderers. Harvey ended with four for 58, Australia won by 82 runs and Harvey was dropped next match (on Feb 11).
  • Austin Codrington, a 27-year-old dreadlocked plumber from Canada, took the first five-wicket haul of the tournament, setting up an upset win over Bangladesh in Durban with 5-27 (on Feb 11).
  • Sachin Tendulkar became the top run-scorer in World Cup history during his 52 against the Netherlands, overhauling former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad's total of 1,083 runs when he had reached 25 (on Feb 12) He scored 152 in the 181-run win over Namibia (Feb 23) to match Australian Mark Waugh's career total of four World Cup hundreds.
  • India's Javagal Srinath became the fifth bowler to take 300 one-day wickets when dismissing Dutchman Feiko Kloppenburg in Paarl (on Feb 12).
  • Left-armer Chaminda Vaas created cricket history with a hat-trick off the first three balls of the match against Bangladesh on the way to final figures of 6-25 in Pietermaritzburg (Feb 14). After four matches, Vaas boasted 12 wickets at 8.58 apiece.
  • England, having refused to play in Zimbabwe, bowled their first ball of the World Cup against the Netherlands in East London (on Feb 16) 163 hours and 30 minutes after the tournament began.
  • Canada were skittled for 36, the lowest total in one-day international history, as Sri Lanka crushed them by nine wickets victory in Paarl (on Feb 19). Sri Lanka eased home in only 4.4 overs, completing the second fastest run-chase ever in limited-overs internationals.
  • Bangladesh's seven-wicket defeat to New Zealand in Kimberly (Feb 26) meant they had not won for a world record 31 one-dayers in a row, going all the way back to the 1999 World Cup. Of those, 29 were defeats (including a world-record 23 in a row) with the other two rained off. They have also lost 16 of their 17 test matches, with bad weather saving them in the other.
  • Canada's John Davison scored the fastest century in World Cup history against West Indies (on Feb 23), reaching three figures off 67 deliveries to break Indian Kapil Dev's 1983 mark by five balls. Brian Lara hit the quickest fifty of the tournament, his half-century coming off just 23 balls. The West Indies innings of 206 for three in 20.3 overs produced the fastest runs per over ever recorded in a one-day innings, at 10.04.
  • Sachin Tendulkar's 152 against Namibia in Pietermaritzburg (on Feb 23) gave him a fourth World Cup century, equalling Australian Mark Waugh's record mark as well as extending his one-day international record to 34 hundreds.
  • Australia's seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo (on Feb 24) was their 10th consecutive one-day international win, just one behind the record set by West Indies between June 1984 and February 1985.
  • Kenya's Collins Obuya took five for 24, the ninth best bowling figures in World Cup history, to set up a shock 53-run victory over Sri Lanka in Nairobi (on Feb 24).
  • Pakistan's Wasim Akram dismissed Nick Statham of the Netherlands (on Feb 25) to become the only man to take 500 wickets in one-day internationals. Wasim is playing in his fifth World Cup.
  • India's left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra took six for 23, the third-best bowling figures in World Cup history, to rout England by 82 runs in Durban (on Feb 26).
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