|Scorecard:||India v New Zealand|
- New Zealand lost their first two wickets with out a run on the board. This was the third instance of a team losing two wickets without opening their account against India. Pakistan at Karachi in 1989 and New Zealand at Wellington in 2003 provided the other two instances.
- On the other hand, this was the fourth occasion New Zealand lost two wickets without a run on the board in ODIs. However this was New Zealand’s worst ever start in any World Cup match.
- Nathan Astle was getting out without scoring for the third time in his career against India. He now equals the tally of Adam Parore and Matthew Sinclair of aggregating most ducks for New Zealand against India. Incidentally Sri Lankan Romesh Kaluwitharana – with five ducks- holds the record of most ducks in a career against India.
- During his knock of 30 runs, Stephen Fleming became the third batsman in the World Cup to aggregate 500 runs while captaining the side. Only Indian Mohammad Azharuddin (636 runs in 23 matches) and Pakistani Imran Khan (615 in 22) have made more runs as captain in the World Cup. Fleming now has 529 runs in 17 matches.
- The wicket of McCullum was Zaheer Khan's 100th of his career. By reaching this landmark in just 65 matches, Zaheer became the quickest Indian bowler to do so in least matches. The previous record was on the name of teammate Ajit Agarkar, who did so in 67 matches in 2000. The ODI record is on the name of Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq, who needed only 53 matches to complete his 100 wickets.
- Zaheer became the 64th bowler overall and ninth Indian to reach the 100-wicket mark. Zaheerbecame the only third left-arm pace bowler to do so after Pakistani Wasim Akram (502 wickets in 356 matches) and Sri Lankan Chamida Vaas (273 wickets in 218).
- Zaheer's 4-42 equals his best bowling performance of his career in 65 matches. He has on two other occasions taken four wickets, while conceding 42 runs -- both against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in 2000 and at Bulawayo in 2001. Incidentally Zaheer's previous best against the Kiwis was the 3-30 at Wellington early this year.
- Zaheer’s figures are the best for India against New Zealand in a World Cup match. Manoj Prabhakar had figures of 3-46 at Dunedin in the 1992 World Cup.
- The 2-28 by Harbhajan Singh are his best figures in World Cup bettering his previous 2-34 against Namibia.
- The 33-run partnership between Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori was New Zealand's best for the eighth wicket against India in the World Cup, bettering the previous best of 19 runs between Andrew Jones and Stephen Boock at Bangalore in 1987.
- In 51 World Cup matches since 1975, the Kiwis were never dismissed for a total less than 150 runs. However in the previous match against Australia they made 112 at Port Elizabeth on 11-3-2003 and now three days later the team has been dismissed for a total less than 150 (146) once again!
- The unbeaten partnership of 129 runs between Mohammad Kaif and Rahul Dravid was India's best for the fourth wicket against New Zealand in ODIs. The pair surpasses the previous best of unbeaten 105 runs between Dilip Vengsarkar and Kapil Dev at Sydney in 1985. Incidentally India’s previous fourth wicket record partnership against New Zealand in the World Cup was of 90 runs between Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja at Nottingham in the 1999 World Cup.
- The partnership was also India’s second century stand for the fourth wicket in all World Cup matches after the 142-run stand between Navjot Sidhu and Vinod Kambli against Zimbabwe at Kanpur in 1996.
- Kaif's unbeaten 68 was his first score over 50 in last 26 matches and 21 innings.
- Dravid now has 1510 runs in 46 matches as keeper. His batting average is 48.71 the best by any ‘keeper in ODI history. Zimbabwe's Andy Flower with batting average of 34.73 while aggregating 5835 runs in 185 matches as keeper, is placed second.
- This was India's seventh successive victory since 19-2-2003. They are now just one short of their own record of eight wins in a row from 20-2-1985 to 25-8-1985.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajneesh Gupta)
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