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Match Number 40: Australia vs Pakistan

Australia suffered its first loss in the world cup under RT Ponting when it lost this game by four wickets to Pakistan.

Australia was dismissed all out for 176 for the first occasion in the world cup under RT Ponting.

RT Ponting became the most capped captain in the world cup when he led Australia in this game. It was his 28th outing as captain of Australia. He went past SP Fleming of New Zealand who had led his team on 27 occasions. It is an irony that he could not win this game when he achieved the distinction of becoming the most capped captain in the world cup.

RT Punting became the first captain in the world cup to lead a team while batting at number three on 25 occasions.

CL White completed 2000 one day runs when he was on 3 during his knock of 8 in this game. At the end of this game, his run aggregate stood at 2005. He became the 21st Australian cricketer to aggregate 2000 plus one day runs.

B Lee took two catches in this game to take his tally of catches to 50 in one day games. He became the 14th Australian fieldsman to pouch 50 plus one day catches. His 50th catch was that of Shahid Afridi caught of the bowling of JJ Kreza for 2 in this game.

B Lee took four wickets in this match to take his world cup wickets to 34. At the end of this game he is on par with GB Hogg who also has a tally of 34 wickets. GD McGrath has a tally of 71 wickets. B Lee is one of the five bowlers who have an aggregate ef 30 plus wickets. The complete list read thus – GD McGrath {71} : GB Hogg {34} : B Lee {34} : SW Tait {33} and SK Warne {32}.

B Lee captured 4 for 28 in this game providing the 22nd occasion of his capturing a four wicket haul in one day games. Waqar Younis {27}, M Muralitharan {25} and Wasim Akram {23} are the other bowlers who have captured more four wicket hauls than B Lee.

It is interesting to note that B Lee has just one of his four wicket haul in a losing cause out of his 22nd four wicket hauls. His 4 for 28 in this game was the one which could not win a game for Australia.

Out of the four bowlers who have captured four or more wicket hauls on 20 plus occasions in the annals of one day games - B Lee is the only bowler to have one four wicket haul in a losing cause. Others are  – Waqar Younis {27 occasions out of which five are in a losing cause} : M Muralitharan {25 occasions out of which three are in a losing cause} and Wasim Akram {23 occasions out of which are five in a losing cause}.

B Lee's 4 for 28 in this game represent the 158th occasion of a bowler capturing four or more wickets in the world cup. His figures represent the 27th occasion of an Australian bowler capturing four or more wickets in the world cup.

B Lee's 4 for 28 in this game represent the 27th occasion of a bowler's four or more wickets in the world cup in a losing cause.  His figures represent the second occasion of an Australian bowler capturing four or more wickets in the world cup. The first occasion was – GJ Gilmour's 5 for 48 vs West Indies at Lord's on 21.06.75.

B Lee's 4 for 28 in this game represents his consecutive four wicket haul in the world cup. He has captured – 4 for 46 vs Canada at Bangalore on 16.3.11 and 4 for 28 vs Pakistan at Col-RPS on 19.03.11.

B Lee became the eighth bowler to capture four wicket hauls in two or more consecutive games in the world cup. Others are – ALF de Mel of Sri Lanka, GJ Gilmour of Australia, Imran Khan of Pakistan, SK Warne of Australia, M Muralitharan of Sri Lanka, MG Johnson of Australia and Imran Tahir of South Africa are the bowlers who have captured four wicket hauls in two consecutive games, while Shahid Afridi is the only bowler to have captured four wicket hauls in three consecutive games.

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