|Scorecard:||Namibia v Pakistan|
- 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.
- Melt van Schoor and Rudi van Vuuren became the 12th and 13th players to appear for Namibia in ODIs.
- The figures of 2-51 by Gerrie Snyman and Bjorn Kotze now represents the joint best bowling performance for Namibia in ODIs.
- The wicket of Melt van Schoor was 50th for Wasim Akram in World Cup matches. He became the first bowler to do so. At the end of this match Akram has a tally of 51 wickets from 34 matches.
- Wasim Akram (5-28) was taking a five-wicket haul for the sixth time in his career. He now joins teammate Saqlain Mushtaq, Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan and South African Lance Klusener to do so on six occasions. However he is still short of the record haul of five-plus wickets by teammate Waqar Younis, who has taken a five-wicket haul as many as 13 times.
- Akram took a five wicket haul after a gap of nine years and 54 days since taking five for 15 against Zimbabwe at Karachi in 1993. Australian Terry Alderman’s two five wicket hauls were separated by a gap of eight years and 11 days.
- Akram, at the age of 36 years 258 days, now stands at the fourth position in the all-time list of oldest five wicket takers after UAE’s Shaukat Dukhanwala (39 Years 40 Days), West Indian Viv Rihards (37 Y 230 D) and New Zealander Richard Hadlee (37 Y 218 D).
- Inzamam ul Haq, by taking the catch of Stephan Swanepoel, became the fielder with most catches for Pakistan in World Cup. This was his 12th catch in the World Cup (in 28 matches) which takes him past the tally of Javed Miandad (in 33 matches) and Ijaz Ahmed (in 29 matches). These two have 11 catches each in the World Cup.
- The 42-run partnership between Bjorn Kotze and Rudi van Vuuren contributed exactly 50 % of Namibia’s total. This was the first occasion in ODI history where the last wicket stand has contributed 50% of the teams total.
- Namibia’s 84 (in 17.4 overs) is 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 is also the lowest score made against Pakistan by any team in the World Cup. The previous lowest was the 123 by Zimbabwe at The Oval in 1999.
- Namibia’s innings lasted only 17.4 overs - the third shortest in terms of overs by any team in ODIs after Zimbabwe, who were dismissed for 38 in 15.4 overs by Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2001 and Sri Lanka who were dismissed for 78 in 16.5 overs by Pakistan at Sharjah in 2002.
- Five Namibian batsmen were out LBW (four of them to Wasim Akram). This equals the World Cup record of most batsmen getting out LBW in an innings. Australia had lost their five batsmen in similar fashion against West Indies at Lord’s in 1975.
- Pakistan almost accomplished a very unique feat. Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar had bowled 17 overs unchanged and had taken 9 wickets between them. Had the captain Waqar Younis kept them bowling, they would have presented the first ever instance of only two bowlers employed by a side dismissing the entire opposition side. But Saqlain Mushtaq was introduced into the attack in 18th over and he dismissed the last batsman.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajneesh Gupta)
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