2003 Cricket World Cup

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2003 Cricket World Cup
Cricket World Cup Logo 2003.svg
Official logo
Dates9 February – 23 March
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s) Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
ChampionsFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (3rd title)
Runners-upFlag of India.svg  India
Participants14
Matches54
Attendance626,845 (11,608 per match)
Player of the series Flag of India.svg Sachin Tendulkar
Most runs Flag of India.svg Sachin Tendulkar (673)
Most wickets Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Chaminda Vaas (23)
1999
2007

The 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup was the eighth Cricket World Cup, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya from 9 February to 23 March 2003. This edition of the World Cup was the first to be played in Africa.

Contents

The tournament featured 14 teams, the largest number in the World Cup's history at the time, playing a total of 54 matches. It followed the format introduced in the 1999 Cricket World Cup, with the teams divided into two groups, and the top three in each group qualifying for the Super Sixes stage.

The tournament saw numerous upsets, with South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies and England all being eliminated at the group stage (South Africa missed by 1 run after misreading the Duckworth-Lewis method rules). [1] England forfeited their match with Zimbabwe, due to the political unrest in the country, which ultimately enabled that team to reach the Super Sixes. Similarly, New Zealand forfeited their match with Kenya, due to security reasons which enabled the latter to reach the semi-finals, the only non-Test playing nation to do so. Another shock wave came two days after the tournament had started, when Shane Warne, at the time one of the game's leading spinners, was sent home in disgrace after testing positive for a banned substance. [2]

The tournament was eventually won by Australia who won all 11 of their matches, beating India in the final played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. [3] This was Australia's third World Cup win, the only team to do so. Pakistani player Shoaib Akhtar also set a world record, becoming the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a record top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) in a pool match against England. [4] [5] [6]

Teams and squads

Fourteen teams played in the 2003 World Cup, the largest number of teams to play in a Cricket World Cup at the time. The 10 Test playing nations automatically qualified for the tournament including the recently appointed member Bangladesh, while Kenya also qualified automatically due to their full One Day International status. The other three spots were filled by the top three teams in the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada, which served as a qualifying tournament. These teams were, respectively, the Netherlands who won the ICC Trophy, Canada and Namibia. This was Namibia's World Cup debut, while the Netherlands and Canada were both appearing in the tournament for the second time, having previously appeared in 1996 and 1979 respectively.

The format used in the 1999 World Cup was retained, with the 14 teams divided into two groups of seven, and the top three from each group qualifying for the Super Sixes stage, carrying forward the results they had achieved against other qualifiers from their group. The top four teams in the Super Sixes qualified for the semi-finals, and the winners of those matches contested the final.

Dazzle, official mascot of the 2003 World Cup 2003 cwcmascot.jpg
Dazzle, official mascot of the 2003 World Cup
Full Members
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Flag of England.svg  England Flag of India.svg  India
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
Associate Members
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

Host cities and venues

CitiesVenuesCapacityMatches
Flag of South Africa.svg Johannesburg Wanderers Stadium 34,0005
Flag of South Africa.svg Durban Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 25,0005
Flag of South Africa.svg Cape Town Newlands Cricket Ground 25,0005
Flag of South Africa.svg Centurion Centurion Park 23,0005
Flag of South Africa.svg Bloemfontein Goodyear Park 20,0005
Flag of South Africa.svg Port Elizabeth St George's Oval 19,0005
Flag of South Africa.svg Potchefstroom North West Cricket Stadium 18,0003
Flag of South Africa.svg East London Buffalo Park 16,0003
Flag of South Africa.svg Kimberley De Beers Diamond Oval 11,0003
Flag of South Africa.svg Paarl Boland Park 10,0003
Flag of South Africa.svg Benoni Willowmoore Park 20,0002
Flag of South Africa.svg Pietermaritzburg Pietermaritzburg Oval 12,0002
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Harare Harare Sports Club 10,0003
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Bulawayo Queens Sports Club 9,0003
Flag of Kenya.svg Nairobi Nairobi Gymkhana Club 8,0002
Venues in Zimbabwe
Venues in Kenya

Group stage tables and results

The top three teams from each pool qualify for the next stage, carrying forward the points already scored against fellow qualifiers, plus a quarter of the points scored against the teams that failed to qualify. [7]

Pool A

TeamPldWLNRT NRR PtsPCF
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 660002.052412
Flag of India.svg  India 651001.11208
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 632100.50143.5
Flag of England.svg  England 633000.8212
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 623100.2310
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 61500−1.454
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 60600−2.960
10 February 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
340/2 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
104/5 (25.1 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 86 runs (D/L)
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
11 February 2003
Scorecard
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
310/8 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
228 (44.3 overs)
Australia won by 82 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
12 February 2003
Scorecard
India  Flag of India.svg
204 (48.5 overs)
v
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
136 (48.1 overs)
India won by 68 runs
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
13 February 2003
Scorecard
v
Zimbabwe won (by walkover)
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
15 February 2003
Scorecard
India  Flag of India.svg
125 (41.4 overs)
v
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
128/1 (22.2 overs)
Australia won by 9 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
16 February 2003
Scorecard
Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg
142/9 (50 overs)
v
Flag of England.svg  England
144/4 (23.2 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
16 February 2003
Scorecard
Pakistan  Flag of Pakistan.svg
255/9 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
84 (17.4 overs)
Pakistan won by 171 runs
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa
19 February 2003
Scorecard
India  Flag of India.svg
255/7 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
172 (44.4 overs)
India won by 83 runs
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
19 February 2003
Scorecard
England  Flag of England.svg
272 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
217/9 (50 overs)
England won by 55 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
20 February 2003
Scorecard
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
170/2 (36 overs)
v
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
122 (30.2 overs)
Australia won by 75 runs (D/L) D/L calculation
North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom, South Africa
22 February 2003
Scorecard
England  Flag of England.svg
246/8 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
134 (31 overs)
England won by 112 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
23 February 2003
Scorecard
India  Flag of India.svg
311/2 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
130 (42.3 overs)
India won by 181 runs
Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
24 February 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
246/9 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
248/3 (47.3 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
25 February 2003
Scorecard
Pakistan  Flag of Pakistan.svg
253/9 (50 overs)
v
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
156 (39.3 overs)
Pakistan won by 97 runs
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
26 February 2003
Scorecard
India  Flag of India.svg
250/9 (50 overs)
v
Flag of England.svg  England
168 (45.3 overs)
India won by 82 runs
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
27 February 2003
Scorecard
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
301/6 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
45 (14 overs)
Australia won by 256 runs
North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom, South Africa
28 February 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
301/8 (50 overs)
v
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
202/9 (50 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 99 runs
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
1 March 2003
Scorecard
Pakistan  Flag of Pakistan.svg
273/7 (50 overs)
v
Flag of India.svg  India
276/4 (45.4 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
2 March 2003
Scorecard
England  Flag of England.svg
204/8 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
208/8 (49.4 overs)
Australia won by 2 wickets
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
3 March 2003
Scorecard
Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg
314/4 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
250 (46.5 overs)
Netherlands won by 64 runs
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
4 March 2003
Scorecard
Pakistan  Flag of Pakistan.svg
73/3 (14 overs)
v
No result
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Pool B

TeamPldWLNRT NRR PtsPCF
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 641011.20187.5
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 64200−0.691610
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 642000.99164
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 632011.7314
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 632101.1014
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 61500−1.994
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 60510−2.052
9 February 2003
Scorecard
West Indies  WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg
278/5 (50 overs)
v
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
275/9 (49 overs)
West Indies won by 3 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
10 February 2003
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
272/7 (50 overs)
v
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
225 (45.3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 47 runs
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
11 February 2003
Scorecard
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
180 (49.1 overs)
v
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh
120 (28 overs)
Canada won by 60 runs
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
12 February 2003
Scorecard
Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
140 (38 overs)
v
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
142/0 (21.2 overs)
South Africa won by 10 wickets
North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom, South Africa
13 February 2003
Scorecard
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg
241/7 (50 overs)
v
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies
221 (49.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 20 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
14 February 2003
Scorecard
Bangladesh  Flag of Bangladesh.svg
124 (31.1 overs)
v
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
126/0 (21.1 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
15 February 2003
Scorecard
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
197 (49 overs)
v
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
198/6 (48.3 overs)
Kenya won by 4 wickets
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
16 February 2003
Scorecard
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg
306 (50 overs)
v
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
229/1 (36.5 overs)
New Zealand won by 9 wickets (D/L)
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
18 February 2003
Scorecard
West Indies  WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg
244/9 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh
32/2 (8.1 overs)
No result
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
19 February 2003
Scorecard
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
36 (18.4 overs)
v
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
37/1 (4.4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
21 February 2003
Scorecard
Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
v
Kenya won (by walkover)
Nairobi Gymkhana Club, Nairobi, Kenya
22 February 2003
Scorecard
Bangladesh  Flag of Bangladesh.svg
108 (35.1 overs)
v
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
109/0 (12 overs)
South Africa won by 10 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
23 February 2003
Scorecard
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
202 (42.5 overs)
v
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies
206/3 (20.3 overs)
West Indies won by 7 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
24 February 2003
Scorecard
Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
210/9 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
157 (45 overs)
Kenya won by 53 runs
Nairobi Gymkhana Club, Nairobi, Kenya
26 February 2003
Scorecard
Bangladesh  Flag of Bangladesh.svg
198/7 (50 overs)
v
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
199/3 (33.3 overs)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa
27 February 2003
Scorecard
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg
254/8 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
136/5 (50 overs)
South Africa won by 118 runs
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
28 February 2003
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
228/6 (50 overs)
v
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies
222/9 (50 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 6 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
1 March 2003
Scorecard
Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
217/7 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh
185 (47.2 overs)
Kenya won by 32 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
3 March 2003
Scorecard
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
196 (47 overs)
v
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
197/5 (23 overs)
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
3 March 2003
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
268/9 (50 overs)
v
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
229/6 (45 overs)
4 March 2003
Scorecard
West Indies  WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg
246/7 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
104 (35.5 overs)
West Indies won by 142 runs
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa

Super Sixes

Australia, India, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and New Zealand advanced to the Super Sixes stage. Points carried forward were calculated as follows: Four points for a win over another qualifier, one for a win over a non-qualifier, two for a tie or no result against another qualifier, 0.5 for a tie or no result against a non-qualifier.

Teams that advanced to the semi-finals are highlighted in blue.

TeamPldWLNRTNRRPtsPCF
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 330001.852412
Flag of India.svg  India 330000.89208
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 312000.351410
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 31200−0.8411.57.5
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 31200−0.9084
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 30300−1.253.53.5
7 March 2003
Scorecard
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
319/5 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
223 (47.4 overs)
Australia won by 96 runs
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
7 March 2003
Scorecard
Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
225/6 (50 overs)
v
Flag of India.svg  India
226/4 (47.5 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
8 March 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
252/7 (50 overs)
v
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
253/4 (47.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 6 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
10 March 2003
Scorecard
India  Flag of India.svg
292/6 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
109 (23 overs)
India won by 183 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
11 March 2003
Scorecard
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
208/9 (50 overs)
v
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
112 (30.1 overs)
Australia won by 96 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
12 March 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
133 (44.1 overs)
v
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
135/3 (26 overs)
Kenya won by 7 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
14 March 2003
Scorecard
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg
146 (45.1 overs)
v
Flag of India.svg  India
150/3 (40.4 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
15 March 2003
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
256/5 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
182 (41.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 74 runs
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
15 March 2003
Scorecard
Kenya  Flag of Kenya.svg
174/8 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
178/5 (31.2 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa

Semi finals

18 March 2003
10:00
Scorecard
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
212/7 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
123/7 (38.1 overs)
Australia won by 48 runs (D/L)
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Umpires: RE Koertzen (SA) and DR Shepherd (ENG)

On a difficult, slow pitch at Port Elizabeth, Australia struggled their way to 212 (7 wickets, 50 overs) against tight Sri Lankan bowling, thanks mainly to a great innings from Andrew Symonds (91* from 118 balls, 7 fours, 1 six), demonstrating again captain Ricky Ponting's faith in him. Chaminda Vaas, continuing his excellent tournament, took three wickets. Australia's pace attack then ripped through the Sri Lankan top order, with Brett Lee (3/35 in 8 overs) taking three early wickets and Glenn McGrath (1/20 in 7 overs) taking one. By the time rain arrived in the 39th over, continued tight bowling had squeezed Sri Lanka to 123 (7 wickets, 38.1 overs), well behind the target given by the Duckworth–Lewis method. This is the match in which Adam Gilchrist famously "walked" despite being given not out. [8]


20 March 2003
14:30
Scorecard
India  Flag of India.svg
270/4 (50 overs)
v
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
179 (46.2 overs)
India won by 91 runs
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WIN) and DJ Harper (AUS)

The fairytale ended for the Kenyan team, the only non-Test-playing nation to ever make a World Cup semi-final. Sachin Tendulkar (83 from 101 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and Sourav Ganguly (111 from 114 balls, 5 fours, 5 sixes), batted the Kenyans out of the game as India careered to a total of 270 (4 wickets, 50 overs). Under the Durban lights, the potent Indian seam attack of Zaheer Khan (3/14 in 9.2 overs), the experienced Javagal Srinath (1/11 in 7 overs) and Ashish Nehra (2/11 in 5 overs) careered through the Kenyan top order. Kenya were bowled out for 179 (all out, 46.2 overs), with only Steve Tikolo (56 from 83 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) putting up any significant resistance.

Final

23 March 2003
10:00
Scorecard
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
359/2 (50 overs)
v
Flag of India.svg  India
234 (39.1 overs)
Ricky Ponting 140* (121)
Harbhajan Singh 2/49 (8 overs)
Virender Sehwag 82 (81)
Glenn McGrath 3/52 (8.2 overs)
Australia won by 125 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and DR Shepherd (Eng)
Player of the match: Ricky Ponting (Aus)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.
A civic centre lit up to mark the World Cup Civic Centre-2003 CWC.jpg
A civic centre lit up to mark the World Cup

India won the toss, and Ganguly, elected to field, hoping to take advantage of a pitch left damp by dew and rain. On a lively Wanderers Stadium pitch, the Australian openers took advantage of very wayward Indian opening bowlers to get off to a flying start. Adam Gilchrist (57 from 48 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) and Matthew Hayden (37 from 54 balls, 5 fours) shared an opening partnership of 105 runs in 14 overs, forcing Ganguly to bring on the spinners unusually early. The change of pace brought wickets with Adam Gilchrist, who had been swinging at everything, holing out off a sweep shot from the bowling of Harbhajan Singh. Matthew Hayden, looking somewhat better than he had throughout the tournament, soon followed for 37, leaving Australia at 2/125 Captain Ricky Ponting (140 from 121 balls, 4 fours, 8 sixes) and Damien Martyn (88 from 84 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) (playing with a broken thumb) completing a partnership of 234 runs in 30.1 overs, an Australian record for one-day cricket. Ponting and Martyn started efficiently, putting away bad balls but mostly keeping the scoring going with good running, then letting loose in the last ten overs, taking 109 from them. Ponting in particular dispatched the bowling over the fence with fearsome regularity in scoring 8 sixes, the most from one batsman in any World Cup match at the time. The final Australian total of 359 (2 wickets, 50 overs), at a run rate of 7.18 runs an over, was their then highest ever in ODI history. [9]

India's run chase was made even more difficult after their trump card, Sachin Tendulkar, was out in the first over after skying a pull shot, Glenn McGrath completing the caught and bowled. Nevertheless, Virender Sehwag's (82 from 81 balls, 10 fours, 3 sixes) run-a-ball half century gave India respectability as they maintained a high scoring rate. Their only realistic hope—a washout—looked a possibility as the game was interrupted by rain with India at 3/103 after 17 overs. However, this rain passed by, and India's hopes were dashed when Sehwag was run out by Darren Lehmann, and again when Rahul Dravid (47 from 57 balls, 2 fours) was bowled by Andy Bichel, ending their partnership of 88 runs in 13.2 overs. India's batsmen continued to throw wickets away in the chase as the run rate crept up past 7 an over, and they were finally bowled out for 234 (all out, 39.2 overs) at a run rate of 5.97 runs an over giving Australia an emphatic victory by a record margin (in World Cup finals thus far) of 125 runs, underlining their dominance of the tournament. Ponting was named "Man of the Match", and Sachin Tendulkar was named "Player of the Series." [10]

Controversies

Security issues in Zimbabwe and Kenya

The security and political situation in Zimbabwe, and the appropriateness of playing there given the misdeeds of the regime of Robert Mugabe was a point of concern before the tournament. Two Zimbabwean players, Andy Flower and Henry Olonga wore black armbands in their opening game protesting against the nondemocratic rule in Zimbabwe. Both men subsequently retired from Zimbabwean cricket, and began playing overseas. England faced a great deal of domestic pressure to boycott their match in Zimbabwe on political grounds and did not play, citing fears for the players' safety. [11] The boycott proved costly, as Zimbabwe advanced to the Super Sixes, just 2 points ahead of England, from the 4 points they achieved from the walkover. Similarly, New Zealand decided against playing in Kenya because of security fears which would ultimately cost New Zealand a semifinal spot.

Shane Warne's drug test

Australian star player Shane Warne was sent home from the cup in embarrassing circumstances, only the day before their opening game, after a positive drug test in a lead-up competition in Australia revealed that he had taken a banned diuretic. The leg spinner claimed that he had taken a 'fluid pill' on the advice of his mother.

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The Indian cricket team are two times World Champions. In addition to winning the 1983 Cricket World Cup, they triumphed over Sri Lanka in the 2011 Cricket World Cup on home soil. They were also runners-up at the 2003 Cricket World Cup, and semifinalists four times(1987, 1996, 2015, 2019). India's historical win-loss record at the cricket world cup is 53-29, with 1 match being tied and another one being abandoned due to rain.

International cricket in the 2006–07 cricket season is defined by major statisticians, such as CricketArchive and Wisden, as those matches played on tours that started between September 2006 and April 2007. Two major ICC tournaments are scheduled for this season, with the Champions Trophy played in October in India, and the World Cup taking place in West Indies in March. In addition, England will defend the Ashes when they go to Australia in November, and all the ten Test nations will be in action during November and December – though Zimbabwe, who are playing Bangladesh during this time, withdrew from Test matches throughout 2006 and will thus only be playing One-day International matches.

The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is an international cricket tournament organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) contested by national under-19 teams. First contested in 1988, as the Youth World Cup, it was not staged again until 1998. Since then, the World Cup has been held as a biennial event, organised by the ICC. The first edition of the tournament had only eight participants, but every subsequent edition has included sixteen teams. India have won the World Cup on a record four occasions, while Australia have won three times, Pakistan twice, and Bangladesh, England, South Africa and the West Indies once each. Two other teams New Zealand and Sri Lanka have made it to tournament finals. Bangladesh are the current defending champion.

The Cricket World Cup, the top-level and the most important competition in One Day International cricket, was first played in 1975. This tournament, known as The Prudential World Cup, was played in England and was won by the West Indies. Since then, the tournament has been played every four years, in a number of different countries. Between eight and sixteen teams have contested the various competitions, and lengths of matches have ranged from 60 overs per side in the early tournaments down to 50 overs per side in recent ones.

At the end of each ICC Cricket World Cup final tournament, several awards are presented to the players and teams which have distinguished themselves in various aspects of the game.

The 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy was a One Day International cricket tournament held in Kenya. New Zealand were crowned champions and cashed the winner's cheque of US$250 000. It was their first win in a major ICC tournament. Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Marlon Samuels made their ODI debuts during the competition.

2004 Cricket World Cup statistics lists all the major statistics and records for the 2003 Cricket World Cup held in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya from 9 February to 24 March 2003.

1996 Cricket World Cup Final Cricket final

The 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup Final was the sixth installment of the ICC Cricket World Cup since its inception in 1975 in England. The match was played on 17 March 1996 at Lahore's 62,645 capacity Gaddafi Stadium in Pakistan for the first time.

The 1979 Cricket World Cup was the second edition of the Cricket World Cup. Organised by the International Cricket Conference, it was held in England from 9 to 23 June 1979.

2003 Cricket World Cup Final Cricket match held in Johannesburg

The 2003 Cricket World Cup Final was a One Day International (ODI) match played on 23 March 2003 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. It marked the culmination of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, the eighth edition of the tournament. It was the first time these two teams had met at this stage of a World Cup. For defending champions Australia it was their fifth World Cup final, while for India it was the second after their 1983 victory. Australia won the match by 125 runs to claim the title for the third time.

1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy Final Cricket final

The 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy was a One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament held in Bangladesh. It was the first tournament apart from the World Cups to involve all Test playing nations. The winners of the Knock-out stage—India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Indies—reached the semi-finals. South Africa made their way to the final by defeating Sri Lanka in the first semi-final by 92 runs; the match was reduced to 39 overs per innings due to rain. In the second semi-final, West Indies defeated India by six wickets, and qualified for the final.

The Kenya national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Kenya in international cricket matches. Kenya was part of the East Africa cricket team which became an associate member of the ICC in 1966, and competed in the first World Cup. Kenya first competed as an independent nation at the 1996 Cricket World Cup, after which they were given full ODI status, which they held until 2014, when they finished fifth in the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. Kenya's best performance at the Cricket World Cup was in 2003, where they reached the semi-finals.

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