• South Africa have gone about their business in the first five group matches for the most part in a professional manner, and have also gained in confidence and the much-talked about momentum, as they look to end their numerous heartbreaks in World Cups.

    In the 2011 World Cup, South Africa imploded dramatically against England to lose a low-scoring thriller by six runs, and as expected the 'chokers' tag was quickly thrust again on Graeme Smith's team. Smith was understandably miffed by this tag being put on South Africa and was at his sarcastic best in the press conference following the loss to England. To the Proteas' credit, they bounced back tremendously with victories over India and Ireland in their next two matches.

    The 131-run win against Ireland thanks to a stellar knock of 99 by JP Duminy saw South Africa become the first team from Group B to qualify for the quarter-finals of the ongoing World Cup. South Africa had earlier thumped West Indies and Netherlands in their first two

    Read More »from South Africa set for knockout phase
  • - Ireland won the toss and elected to field in this game, to provide the 184th occasion of a team inserting the opposition in the World Cup. Ireland has inserted the opposition on three occasions in the World Cup which includes this game.

     

    - GC Smth and JH Kallis were run out in this game providing the 21st and 22nd occasion of South Afircan batsmen run out in the World Cup.

     

    - GC Smith's run out in this game provide the 43rd occasion of a captain dismissed run out in the World Cup. It also provides the fourth occasion of a South African captain run out in a World Cup. Other occasions are - WJ Cronje for 8 vs Sri Lanka at Northampton on 19.05.99 : WJ Cronje for 39 vs New Zealand at Birmingham on 10.06.99 and SM Pollock for 25 vs Sri Lanka at Durban on 03.03.03.

     

    - GC Smith's run out in this game provide the 87th occasion of an opening batsman dismissed run out in the World Cup. His run out in this game provides the fourth occasion of a South African opening batsman run out in the

    Read More »from Match No 34: Ireland vs South Africa
  • - R Chakbava scored zero in this game to provide the 45th occasion of a Zimbabwe batsman and ninth occasion of a Zimbabwe opening batsman scoring duck in the World Cup.

     

    - CR Ervine's 52 in this game represent his third one day fifty. His knock provides the 43rd occasion of a Zimbabwe batsman scoring a fifty in the World Cup. This knock represents the second occasion of his scoring a fifty in the World Cup. The other occasion was his 85 vs Canada at Nagpur on 28.02.11.

     

    - CR Ervine with his two fifties became 12th Zimbabwe batsman to score fifties on two or more occasions in the World Cup.

     

    - Ahmed Shehzad was stumped for 8 in this game providing the 28th occasion of an opening batsman scoring fifty in the World Cup. He became the first Pakistan batsman to suffer such an ignominy in the World Cup.

     

    - Asad Shafiq scored 78 not out in this game which represent his highest score in one day games. His previous best was 50 vs England at Leeds on 12.09.10.

     

    - Asad Shafiq's 78 not out in

    Read More »from Match No 33: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe

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