|Scorecard:||Australia v Pakistan|
- Wasim Akram was making his 33rd World Cup appearance which puts him at level with former teammate Javed Miandad and Australia’s Steve Waugh.
- Akram also became fifth player to appear in five World Cups after former teammates Javed Miandad and Imran Khan and Sri Lankans Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva. Miandad is the only one to have made an appearance in six World Cups.
- Andrew Symonds (143*) recorded his maiden century in One-Day Internationals. His previous highest was 68* v India at Galle in 1999-00.
- Symonds’ innings is the highest by an Australian in World Cup. This obliterates Mark Waugh’s 130 v Kenya at Visakapatnam in 1996 World Cup.
- Symonds’ innings is the highest by any batsman against Pakistan in World Cup. This eclipses West Indian Richie Richardson’s 110 at Karachi in 1987.It was also the third highest by any side in all matches against Pakistan after Brian Lara’s 153 (at Sharjah in 1993-94) and Matthew Hayden’s 146 (at Nairobi in 2002).
- Symonds innings included 18 fours. He thus equalled England’s Dennis Amiss and Zimbabwe’s Craig Wishart’s World Cup record of most fours in an innings
- Waqar Younis was removed from the attack in the 49th over. Umpire David Shepherd taking exception for the bowling of a second beamer at Symonds. The first might have been a slip, for which Younis apologised, but the second sent the batsman scrambling in an attempt to get out of the way. Without an apology Younis continued down the pitch with a lot words for the batsman. Umpire Shepherd immediately intervened and severely censured the captain for his conduct and removed him from the attack. Without showing any remorse Younis threw the ball to Afridi and walked away under loud disapproval from the crowd.
- Australia's total (310-8) is the highest by any side against Pakistan in a World Cup match beating West Indies’ 293 for 6 at the Oval in 1979 World Cup.
- Wasim Akram, while taking 3 wickets in the match, also conceded 64 runs off his 10 overs – his worst performance ever in World Cup. The only other time Wasim went for more than 50 runs in a game was way back in 1987, when he conceded 54 runs in 10 overs against Australia at Lahore.
- Ian Harvey took a wicket with his first ball of the tournament (victim – Saleem Elahi).
- Adam Gilchrist completed his 250 dismissals in one-day international when he caught Shahid Afridi. His break-up of dismissals : 213 catches and 37 stumpings in 147 games. Gilchrist became only second wicket-keeper after Pakistan’s Moin Khan to reach this landmark. He,however, took 29 matches lesser than Moin to do so,
- With the wicket of Wasim Akram, Ian Harvey completed 50 wickets in One-day internationals. He became 138th bowler in ODI history and 24th Australian to do so.
- The wicket of Inzamam-ul-Haq was 25th for Glenn McGrath in World Cups. He became 16th bowler and fifth Australia to do so.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajneesh Gupta)
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