|Scorecard:||Canada v Sri Lanka|
- Barry Seebaran was making his ODI debut for Canada. He became the 25th player to represent Canada in ODIs.
- Canada’s total of 36 (in 18.4 overs) is now the lowest ever total recorded by any team in ODIs putting into shade Zimbabwe’s 38 (in 15.4 overs) also against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2001.
- Interestingly the previous lowest total in a World Cup match was also by Canada. They were bowled out for 45 (in 40.3 overs) by England at Manchester in 1979.
- Canada now becomes the first team in ODIs to be dismissed twice under a score of 50 runs, while Sri Lanka became the first team to twice dismiss teams for scores less than 50 runs
- The five ducks by Canadian batsmen equals the World Cup record for the most ducks in an innings. Five English batsmen were dismissed for ducks against West Indies at Lord’s during the 1979 World Cup final in 1979.
- Five Canadian batsmen were dismissed LBW. This equals the World Cup and ODI record of most batsmen getting out LBW in an innings in this fashion. This was the third such instance in World Cup. Five Australian batsmen were out LBW against West Indies at Lord’s in 1975. Namibia met similar fate against Pakistan at Kimberley in the ongoing World Cup.
- For the first time in ODI history none of the 11 (Canadian) batsmen and extras crossed double digits in an innings.
- Joe Harris became the fifth batsman in World Cup history to be dismissed ‘hit-wicket’ (off paceman Prabath Nissanka). Interestingly, the first batsman to be dismissed in this fashion was also a Canadian - FA Dennis against England at Manchester in 1979. The others to be dismissed in this manner are West Indian Roy Fredericks (v Australia at Lord’s in 1975), Kenyan Maurice Odumbe (v West Indies at Pune in 1996) and South African Gary Kirsten (v West Indies at Karachi in 1996).
- Nissanka now becomes the third Sri Lankan bowler to dismiss a batsman ‘hit-wicket’.The others being Somachandra deSilva (dismissed New Zealand’s John Wright at Napier in 1983 and Chaminda Vaas (dismissed West Indian Sherwin Campbell at Sharjah in 1999.
- Prabath Nissanka’s 4-12 was his personal best in 13 matches. His previous best was 3-54 against Australia at Perth in 2002.
- Sri Lanka’s victory with 272 balls to spare is the second largest win margin ever achieved by any team in ODIs in a fifty-over match. The Lankans just failed to beat their own record. They had defeated Zimbabwe with 274 balls to spare at Colombo in 2001.
- The all-time record still belongs to England who beat Canada at Manchester in 1979 with 277 balls to spare, however this came in a 60-over match.
- The match aggregate of 73 runs for 11 wickets is the lowest ever for a ODI match . This surpasses the previous lowest of 78 runs for 11 wickets between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2001.
- This was the second shortest match in ODI history that produced a result. Only 23.2 overs were needed to complete the match. The Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka match at Colombo in 2001 lasted just 20 overs.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajneesh Gupta)
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