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Match No 31 : Australia vs Kenya

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in this game to provide the 24th occasion of Australia doing so in the world cup.

RT Ponting's first scoring stroke in this game gave him a unique distinction in the world cup. He completed 1000 runs as captain in the world cup when he paddled TM Odoyo behind square for a boundary four. He is the first captain in the world cup to accomplish the feat. At the end of this game his run aggregate stood at 1030.

RT Ponting achieved yet another distinction in this game. He reached 1000 runs when he was on eight during his knock of 36 in this game as captain batting at number three in the world cup.  At the end of this game his run aggregate stood at 1028.

RT Ponting completed 1600 runs in the world cup when he was on 23 during his knock of 36 in this game. At the end of this game his aggregate stood at 1613. He became the second batsman after SR Tendulkar {2120} to accomplish the feat of 1600 plus runs in the world cup.

BJ Haddin scored 65 in this game providing the 66th occasion of wicket keeper batsman scoring fifty in the world cup. His knock represents the 13th occasion of an Australian wicket keeper batsman scoring a fifty in the world cup. His knock represents his second fifty in the world cup, first being his 55 vs New Zealand at Nagpur on 25.02.11. Thus his 65 in this game represent his best score in the world cup.

BJ Haddin {65}, MJ Clarke {93} and MEK Hussey {54} scored fifties in this game with which the number of fifties scored by Australian batsman in the world cup swelled to 110.

MJ Clarke and MEK Hussey added 114 runs for the fifth wicket in this game providing the 201st occasion of a century stand in the world cup. This stand also represents the 14th occasion of a three figure stand for the fifth wicket in the world cup.

MJ Clarke and MEK Hussey added 114 runs for the fifth wicket in this game providing the 34th occasion of a century stand by Australian batsmen in the world cup. This stand also represents the fourth occasion of a three figure stand for the fifth wicket by Australian batsman in the world cup.

Australia posted 300 plus runs in this game providing the 63rd occasion of Australia posting 300 plus runs in one day games which is a record for a team posting 300 plus runs on most occasions. India is close behind with 62 such occasions.

Australia posted 300 plus runs in this game providing the 58th occasion of a team posting 300 plus runs in the world cup and 14th occasion in the ongoing edition of 2011.

MJ Clarke scored 93 in this game to provide the 42nd occasion of a batsman scoring a ninety in the world cup. His knock provides the eighth occasion of an Australian batsman scoring a ninety in the world cup. This knock represents his third ninety in the world cup, the other two occasions are – 93* vs Netherlands at Basseterre on 18.03.07 and 92 vs South Africa at Basseterre on 24.03.07.

MJ Clarke became the second batsman in the world cup to score nineties on three occasions after SR Tendulkar of India who also has scored nineties on three occasions – 90 vs Australia at Mumbai on 27.02.96: 98 vs Pakistan at Centurion on 01.03.03 and 97 vs Sri Lanka at Johannesburg on 10.03.03.

 
BJ Haddin {65}, MJ Clarke {93} and MEK Hussey {54} scored fifties in this game providing the 46th occasion of three or more batsmen scoring fifties in an innings in the world cup.

BJ Haddin {65}, MJ Clarke {93} and MEK Hussey {54} scored fifties in this game providing the 12th occasion of three or more Australian batsmen scoring fifties in an innings in the world cup.

BJ Haddin's 65 represents his 13th one day half century and 15th fifty : MJ Clare’s 93  represents his 47th one day half century and 52nd fifty and MEK Hussey’s 54 represents 34th one day half century and 36th fifty.

E Otieno returned with figures of none for 75 in this game providing the 21st occasion of a bowler conceding 70 runs without a wicket in the world cup. He became the second Kenyan bowler to suffer such an ignominy in the world cup. The other bowler was – MO Odumbe who had figures of none for 74 against Sri Lanka at Kandy on 06.03.96.

E Otieno returned with figures of none for 75 in this game providing the 61st occasion of a bowler conceding 70 runs in the world cup. He became the third Kenyan bowler to suffer such an ignominy in the world cup. The others are 1 for 85 by MA Suji vs Sri Lanka at Kandy on 06.03.98 and none for 74 by MO Odumbe vs Sri Lanka at Kandy on 06.03.96.

SW Tait captured his 30th wicket in the world cup when he had the wicket of AA Obanda for 14 in this game.  At the end of this game his total world cup wickets stood at 31. He became the 18th bowler in the world cup to capture 30 plus wickets in the world cup, He is the fourth Australian bowler to accomplish the feat. Others are – GD McGrath {71} : GB Hogg {34} and SK Warne {32}.

Ten sixes were scored in this game {three by Australian batsmen and seven sixes by Kenyan batsman} providing the 128th boundary six at Bangalore in one day games which represent the most sixes scored on Indian grounds. Vidharbha Cricket Association, Nagpur stands next with 117 boundary sixes.

This game witnessed wicket keepers opening the innings for Australia and Kenya – BJ Haddin for Australia and MA Ouma for Kenya. World Cup has witnessed eight such occasions. Out of eight occasions, four occasions involve Kenya – Sri Lanka vs Kenya at Kandy on 06.03.96 : England vs Kenya at Canterbury on 18.05.99 : Australia vs Kenya at Durban on 15.03.03 and Australia vs Kenya at Bangalore on 13.03.11.

TM Mishra {72} and CO Obuya {98*} scored fifty plus runs in this game to provide the 27th and 28th occasion of a Kenyan batsman scoring a fifty in the world cup.

CO Obuya and TM Mishra added 115 runs for the fourth wicket in this game to provide the 202nd occasion of a century stand in the world cup. This stand also represents the    30th occasion of a three figure partnership for the fourth wicket in the world cup.

CO Obuya and TM Mishra added 115 runs for the fourth wicket in this game to provide the sixth occasion of a century stand by Kenyan batsmen in the world cup. This stand also represents the second occasion of a three figure partnership for the fourth wicket in the world cup.

TM Mishra was run out for 72 in this game to provide the 59th occasion of a batsman dismissed run out after scoring a fifty in the world cup. TM Mishra’s run out for 72 in this game provide the second occasion of a Kenyan batsman run out with a fifty to his credit. RD Shah was the other batsman who was run out for 60 vs South Africa at Potchefstroom on 12.02.03.

DO Obuya {12} and TM Mishra {72} were run out in this game providing the 19th and 20th  occasion of Kenyan batsmen dismissed run out in the world cup.

DO Obuya was dismissed run out on two occasions in the world cup – for 3 vs India at Durban on 20.03.03 and for 12 vs Australia at Bangalore on 13.03.11. DO Obuya became the fifth Kenyan batsman to be dismissed run out on two or more occasions in the world cup. Others are – RD Shah {03}, LN Onyango {02}, CO Obuya {02} and HS Modi {02}.

CO Obuya scored 98 not out in this game to provide the 43rd occasion of a batsman scoring ninety in the world cup. He is the second Kenyan batsman to score ninety in the world cup after SO Tikolo who had scored 96 vs Sri Lanka at Kandy on 06.03.96.

MJ Clarke {93} and CO Obuya {98*} scored nineties in this game providing the seventh occasion of rival batsmen scoring nineties in the world cup.

With Australia winning this game, RT Ponting earned the distinction of becoming the first cricketer to appear in 250 one day games in Australia's winning games. He is the first cricketer in the annals of one day games to accomplish the feat.

Australia has won 163 one day games and 25 world cup games under RT Ponting at the end of this game  – both wins are records in its respective categories.

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