• 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

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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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  • Kenya was led by SO Tikolo in the absence of their regular captain JK Kamande ruled unfit. SO Tikolo was bidding farewell to his one day career in this game.

    Zimbabwe won this game by 161 runs providing the 52nd occasion of a team winning a world cup game by 100 plus runs margin. This win represents Zimbabwe's second win by 100 plus margin in the world cup after its 175 runs win over Canada at Nagpur on 23.02.11.

    Zimbabwe's 161 runs win in this game represent the eleventh occasion of a team winning a game by 100 plus runs in the ongoing edition of the world cup. The record for most wins by 100 plus runs in a single edition of the world cup is 12 and was achieved in 2007 edition.

    Zimbabwe posted 308 for 6 in this game providing the 61st occasion of a team posting 300 plus runs in the world cup. This total represents the fourth occasion of Zimbabwe posting 300 plus runs in the word cup. The other three occasions are – 312 for 4 vs Sri Lanka at New Plymouth on 23.02.92: 340 for 2 vs

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