• West Indies capped KA Edwards for this game. He became the 194th cricketer to make his one day debut in the world cup and the ninth West Indian cricketer to do so.

    R Ashwin of India and R Rampaul of West Indies were making their world cup debut in this game.

    India was all out for 268 in this game providing the 24th occasion of India dismissed all out in the world cup - a record for most occasions of a team all out in the world cup.

    V Kohli and Yuvraj Singh added 122 runs for the third wicket in this game to provide the 209th occasion of a century partnership in the world cup. This stand represents the 57th occasion of a three figure partnership for the third wicket in the world cup.

    V Kohli and Yuvraj Singh added 122 runs for the third wicket in this game to provide the 24th occasion of a century partnership by Indian batsmen in the world cup. This stand represents the fifth occasion of a three figure partnership for the third wicket in the world cup. The other four occasion are –

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  • It's the 2003 World Cup semi-final and Australia's opening pair of Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden have got their team off to a good start against Sri Lanka with the wicket keeper-batsman hitting a six and a couple of boundaries in the first five overs of the match. Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya brings on Aravinda de Silva to try and slow the pace down and what happened in the second ball of the sixth over in that match is now part of cricketing folklore.

    Gilchrist, who was then on 22 and looking good to play an innings of significance, bottom edged the second ball off that de Silva over and it was safely pouched by Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara. And, though umpire Rudi Koertzen ruled him not out, Gilchrist turned around and walked back to the pavilion even though it was an important game and he was aware that his teammates wouldn't understand his actions. Australia went on to win that match and the 2003 World Cup, but Gilchrist's act of backing himself and walking

    Read More »from The ethical dilemma – To walk or not
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    Chennai's legendary heat seems like a jacket soaked in warm water clinging to you. The newly built stands at the Chidambaram Stadium with the white canopies on top have been neatly cleaved, allowing a steady sea breeze into the ground. But despite the breeze and Saturday's relatively pleasant 32 degrees Celsius, the humidity can leave your throat parched if you as much as took a walk along the boundaries.

     
    This writer doesn't possess Olympian fitness, and his thoughts immediately turned to Yuvraj Singh who had joined the Indian team in a warm-up game of football in the middle.

     
    A few minutes into the game, Yuvraj had veered towards the sidelines. His hands were on his hips as he let the others pass the ball around. Even Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra, Universally Recognised Slouches, seemed fresh as daisies as they enthusiastically partook in the game.

     
    Despite his runs and wickets in the World Cup, Yuvraj's sluggishness is becoming the stuff of cricketing legends. Remember Gary

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