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African sojourn

Australia became the first country to win the World Cup for the third time. They had won in 1987 and 1999.

cricket Updated: Mar 11, 2007 16:55 IST

Australia became the first country to win the World Cup for the third time. They had won in 1987 and 1999.

Australia also scored the highest innings total — 359 for 2 in 50 overs against India in the final. Before that, West Indies had scored 291 for 8 against Australia at Lord’s in the 1975 final.

In the final, Ricky Ponting hit eight sixes — a record. The previous record of seven sixes was held by Viv Richards and Sourav Ganguly.

Sachin Tendulkar became the highest run-getter in all editions when he reached 25 during his 52-run knock against the Netherlands at Paarl on Feb. 12. He amassed 1732 runs in 33 matches.

Chaminda Vaas became the third and Brett Lee, the fourth bowler to take a hat-trick in a Cup match. Vaas did this against Bangladesh at Pietermaritzburg on Feb. 14 when he dismissed Hannan Sarkar, Mohammad Ashraful and Ehsanul Haque. Lee did it against Kenya at Durban on March 15 dismissing Kennedy Otieno, Brijal Patel and David Obuya.

Wasim Akram became the first bowler to take 50 wickets in the history of World Cup . He did this against Namibia at Kimberley on Feb. 16, dismissing Melt van Schoor.

Adam Gilchrist became the first wicketkeeper to account for six dismissals in a match, while playing against Namibia at Potchefstroom on Feb. 27.

Mohammad Kaif’s four catches against Sri Lanka at Johannesburg on March 10 was a record for highest number of catches in a single Cup match.

Canadian opener John Davison scored the fastest century (off 67 balls). He did it against West Indies at Centurion on Feb. 23. In the same match, Brian Lara posted the fastest 50 in 23 balls.

Stephen Fleming set a record of most fours hitting 21 boundaries during his unbeaten 134 against South Africa in Johannesburg on Feb. 16.

Glenn McGrath recorded the best bowling figures in a match (7-15), against Namibia at Potchefstroom on Feb. 27.

The top run-getter in this edition was Sachin Tendulkar, scoring 673 runs at an average of 61.18 with a century and six fifties.

Chaminda Vaas was the top wicket-taker scalping 23 in 10 matches at an average of 14.39, the maximum by a bowler in a single Cup.

Adam Gilchrist was the most successful wicketkeeper with 21 catches.