Factoids of cricket world cup 2011

1. India’s 274 for four is the highest successful chase in a World Cup final . previous best Sri Lanka’s 245 for three against Australia at Lahore on March 17, 1996.

2. Sri Lanka became the second team after England (1987-88 and 1991-92) to lose two successive World Cup Finals.

3. Mahela Jayawardene has become the second Sri Lankan to post a hundred in a World Cup Final. Aravinda de Silva had made an unbeaten 107 off 124 balls against Australia at Lahore on March 17, 1996.

4. Only two bowlers have bagged three wickets in a World Cup Final – Mohinder Amarnath – 3 for 12 and Madan Lal – 3 for 12 – both against West Indies at Lord’s on June 25, 2003.

5. Zaheer has bowled the first three maiden overs in an ODI for the first time.

6. Zaheer had an superlative first spell, conceding six runs, his figures being 5-3-6-1.

7. Dilshan became the fifth batsman to aggregate 500 runs or more in a World Cup Competition, joining Sachin Tendulkar (twice – 673 in 2002-03 & 523 in 1995-96), Matthew Hayden (659 in 2006-07), Jayawardene (548 in 2006-07) and Ricky Ponting (539 in 2006-07.

8. Muralitharan’s appearance in the final is his final in ODIs – his 350th game.

9. Yuvraj Singh, while scalping Samaraweera’s wicket, has completed his 20 wickets (ave.23.10) in 23 games in the World Cup.

10. Yuvraj has captured 20 wickets at an average of 26.05 in 14 matches with a five match wicket haul.

11. Sachin Tendulkar’s runs’ tally of 482 at an average of 53.55, including two centuries and two fifties.

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12. The 83-run partnership between Gambhir and Kohli for the third wicket is India’s highest in a World Cup Final.

13. Dhoni is the first Indian captain to post a fifty in a World Cup Final. Sourav Ganguly had made 24 against Australia at Johannesburg on March 23, 2003 and Kapil Dev 15 against West Indies at Lord’s on June 25, 1983.

14. Zaheer (44 wickets at 20.22 runs apiece in 23 matches) has bettered Javagal Srinath’s tally of 44 at an average of 27.81 in 34 matches. Both now share an Indian record for most wickets at the World Cup.


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