• South Africa, which tops the Castrol Index with 190 points, will start overwhelming favourite in its ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final against New Zealand.


    It has the right kind of combination that covers all bases. In what is a huge departure from the past, it packs so much variety in its bowling to the point that it can even lay great emphasis on spin bowling. I would imagine leg-spinner Imran Tahir will return to play this important match and make South Africa that much more formidable.


    The moot question really is whether South Africa has got the temperament. If you look at how it has fared in the past, it is clear that its teams have been brilliant in the league stages or in five-match series where they have been aware of the cushion of bouncing back even if they lose a game or two. The problem for South African teams has been their showing in knockout stages.


    The pressure gets to them when they become aware that if they have a bad day, they can be knocked out. As

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  • MS Dhoni earned a unique distinction in this game. He became the first captain-cum-wicket keeper to appear in 100 one day games. This game was his 100th appearance in the dual role.

    Australia won the toss in this game providing the 42nd occasion of Australia winning the toss in the world cup.

    India is playing its 65th world cup game. It shares the joint third spot with England in the list of teams which have played most world cup games. Australia {76} and New Zealand {68} occupy the first and second spots in the list.

    Australia won the toss in this game for the 14th occasion in the world cup under RT Ponting which is a record for most tosses won by a captain in the world cup. Previous record was credited to SP Fleming of Australia who had won 13 tosses in the world cup.

    RT Ponting {14}, SP Fleming {13}, M Azharuddin {11}, Imran Khan {11} and AR Border {10} are the five captains who have won ten or more tosses in the world cup.

    SR Watson was dismissed bowled for 25 in this game

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  • CH Gayle completed 600 runs in the world cup when he was on 4 during his knock of 8 in this game. At the end of this game his run aggregate stood at 604. He became the seventh West Indian batsman to total 600 plus runs in the world cup. Others are – BC Lara {1225}, IVA Richards {1013}, S Chanderpaul {970}, DL Haynes {854}, RR Sarwan {739} and RB Richardson {639}.

    DM Bravo scored zero in this game providing the 36th occasion of a West Indies batsman scoring zero in the world cup.  His zero provides the third occasion of a batsman scoring duck in the quarter finals of the world cup. The other two occasions are – Mushtaq Ahmed of Pakistan vs India at Bangalore on 09.03.96 and Ata-ur-Rehman vs India at Bangalore on 09.03.96.

    DM Bravo, DC Thomas, D Bishoo and R Rampaul scored zeros in this game providing the 15th occasion of four or more batsmen scoring ducks in an innings in the world cup. This is the first occurrence of four West Indian batsmen involved in such an occurrence in the world

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