|Scorecard:||India v Netherlands|
- This was the first meeting between India and Holland.
- J Smits was making his debut for Holland. He became 23rd player to make an appearance in One-Day International cricket for Holland.
- Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were opening the Indian innings together after about one year. They had last opened together against Engalnd at Cuttack in January 2002.
- Sachin Tendulkar became leading run-scorer in World Cup when he clipped Edgar Schiferli to midwicket erasing Javed Miandad's record in the process. Tendulkar overtook the former Pakistani captain's aggregate of 1083 runs. In comparison to the 33 matches it took Miandad to score his runs, Tendulkar needed just 24 to surpass him. Tendulkar has averaged more than 40 in all three World Cups that he has played so far. In 1992, he scored 283 from six innings at 47.16, in 1996 he topped the aggregates, amassing 523 runs at 87.16, while in 1999 he had a relatively quiet tournament – 263 runs at 43.83.
- Javagal Srinath became second Indian and only the fifth bowler in cricket history to take 300 wickets in One-day internationals when he dismissed Feiko Kloppenburg. Others to do so are Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Sri Lanka’s Mutthiah Muralitharan and fellow countryman Anil Kumble. Interestingly all five bowlers are from the sub-continent.
- With the wicket of Kloppenburg, Srinath also became India’s highest wicket-taker in World Cup matches with 29, beating Kapil Dev’s record.
- India lost three wickets in the 49th over – two of them to run-out.
- India’s 204 is the lowest total achieved by any side against Holland.
- Tim de Leede (4-35) recorded the best figures ever for Holland in ODIs. He bettered Steven Lubbers’ 3 for 48 against New Zealand at Baroda in 1996.
- Holland’s opener Daan van Bunge played one of the slowest innings in the history of ODIs. He batted for more than three hours for his 62 runs. It took him exactly 172 minutes and 101 balls to reach his fifty.
- Holland’s total of 136 is the third lowest all-out total in the World Cup to include an individual fifty. Zimbabwe holds the first two places on this matter. They were dismissed for 123 by Pakistan at the Oval in 1999 with Neil Johnson scoring 54. In 1987 World Cup, Andy Pycroft made 61 in Zimbabwe’s total of 135 against India at Mumbai.
- India became first team to dismiss Holland in a World Cup game. Holland’s previous lowest in World Cup was 145 for seven against Pakistan at Lahore in 1996.
- Virender Sehwag, by taking three catches in the field, equalled the World Cup record of most catches by a non wicket-keeper in the match. He is the twelfth fielder to do so, but first from India.
- Tim De Leede won the Man of the Match award despite ending on the losing side. This provided the tenth such instance in World Cup history. On one occasion the award was shared between two players from opposing countries. However it was the first time when none of the Indian players was recipient of the award despite India’s winning the World Cup match.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajneesh Gupta)
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