Black Caps set bench mark for batting powerplay

March 14th, 2011 - 4:30 am ICT by IANS  

Kumar Sangakkara Mumbai, March 14 (IANS) New Zealand’S 74 runs for the loss of two wickets against Canada is the highest by any team in the batting powerplay in this World Cup, surpassing Pakistan’s 70 for one wicket against Kenya at Hambantota Feb 23.

There were 15 sixes in the match, equalling New Zealand’s 15 against Pakistan at Pallekele March 8.

The other significant records:

* Canada (261/9) have recorded their first total of 250 at the World Cup, their previous highest was 249 against New Zealand at Gros Islet March 22, 2007.

* Bagai and Hansra were associated in a 125-run stand for the fourth wicket - Canada’s highest for any wicket against a Test-playing side at the World Cup.

* The Bagai-Hansra partnership is their second highest at the world cup, following their own 132 for the fourth wicket against Kenya at New Delhi last week.

* New Zealand have registered victories in all three World Cup games against Canada.

* New Zealand (358/6) have posted their second highest total at the World cup, next only to the 363 for five against Canada at Gros Islet March 22, 2007.

* New Zealand became the first team to post a total of 300 or more at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, outstripping the 299 for four by India against Sri Lanka Jan 17, 1987.

* Brendon McCullum became the eighth New Zealander to complete 4000 runs during his third century in ODIs, aggregating 4006 (ave.29.24) in 189 matches.

* Brendon McCullum (101 off 109 balls) has scored his maiden hundred at the World Cup, surpassing his 76 not out off 95 balls against Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad March 4, 2011.

* Brendon McCullum has become the first New Zealand wicketkeeper to register a hundred at the World cup, eclipsing Lee Germon’s 89 against Australia at Chennai March 11, 1996.

* Stephen Fleming is the only batsman to aggregate 8000 runs in ODIs - 8,037 in 280 matches.

* McCullum is one of the seven wicketkeepers who have accomplished the double of 3,000 runs and 200 dismissals, joining Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mark Boucher, Romesh Kaluwitharana and Moin Khan.

* McCullum has recorded two centuries as a wicketkeeper - the most by a New Zealander.

* McCullum is the top run-scorer for New Zealand in the present competition - 225 (ave.75.00), including one century and one fifty in five games.

* Brendon McCullum has got his fourth Man of the Match award — one each against Canada, Pakistan, South Africa and England.

* Ross Taylor took his tally to 212 in three innings at an average of 106.00, including one century and one fifty, in this edition.

*Twelve sixes have been posted in New Zealand’s total - a record at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Fifteen sixes, including three by Canada, is the best in an ODI at this venue.

* Taylor became the first player to record four sixes in an over in the 2011 edition of the World Cup, the bowler being Harvir Baidwan.

* Twenty eight runs were by Ross Taylor off Baidwan’s eighth over, followed by Thirty one by Williamson and Franklin off Rizwan Cheema, the most in an over in the present competition. As Cheema sent two beamers, he was removed from the attack and the over was completed by Baidwan

* Taylor recorded his 20th fifty in ODIs - his second in nine world cup matches apart from a century.

* Ashish Bagai (84 off 87 balls) is the second highest individual score for Canada in the World Cup, next only to John Davison’s 111 against West Indies at Centurion Feb 23, 2003.

* James Franklin’s quickfire 31 off 8 balls is a record for the highest strike rate (387.50) in an innings of at least 30 in ODIs.

* Harvir Baidwan (12 wickets at 22.16 runs apiece) became the first bowler from Canada and the fourth to capture 12 wickets or more in the competition. He has joined Shahid Afridi (15). Sulieman Benn (12) and Zaheer Khan (12).

* Baidwan’s figures are the best by a Canadian bowler in a World Cup competition, surpassing John Davison’s 10 wickets in six games at an average of 18.70 in 2002-03.

* Brendon McCullum has become the second wicketkeeper to register a hundred and effect three dismissals in the same world cup match. In the 2007 world cup final, Adam Gilchrist had accomplished the double for Australia - 149 and three dismissals against Sri Lanka at Bridgetown on April 28, 2007. McCullum is the first Black Cap to score a hundred and claim three victims in ODIs.

* Jimmy Hansra (70 not out) has posted his second fifty at the World Cup, equalling his previous highest (70) against Kenya at New Delhi March 7, 2011.

* Hansra has amassed 212 (ave.53.00), including two fifties, in five matches — the highest by a Canadian batsman in this edition.

* New Zealand’s 97-run convincing win is their 39th in the world cup. Only Australia (53) have registered more victories than New Zealand.

– Indo-Asian News Service

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