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By Mohandas Menon
** The 170 run partnership between Sanath Jayasuriya and Hashan Tillekeratne was Sri Lanka's best for the second wicket in the World Cup. The pair betters the previous best of 101 between Jayasuriya and Asanka Gurusinghe against England at Faisalabad on 9-3-1996.
** The above partnership was also the best by any team for the second wicket against New Zealand in the World Cup. Previously, Indians Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar at Dunedin on 12-3-1992 had put on 127 for this wicket.
** The partnership between Jayasuriya-Tillekeratne was the best at this ground for any wicket bettering the previous best of 165 between Englishmen Nasser Hussain and Nick Knight against the home side for the first wicket on 23-1-2000.
** Jayasuriya (120) recorded his career's 16th hundred in his 288th LOI match. Though he was appearing in his fourth edition of the World Cup since 1992 and in his 18th World Cup match, this was his maiden three figure score in the championships. His previous highest was the 82 he made against England at Faisalabad on 9-3-1996. This was Jayasuriya's fourth hundred against the Kiwis. He equals the tally of Pakistani Saeed Anwar to become the second batsmen in LOIs to register most three-figure knocks against the Kiwis.
** Scott Styris (141) registered his highest score of his LOI career in 52 matches. His previous highest was the 85 he made against the West Indies at Gros Islet (St Lucia) on 8-6-2002. Earlier he also went past the previous best by a Kiwi batsman against Sri Lanka in the World Cup, which was the unbeaten 83 by Glenn Turner at Nottingham on 9-6-1979.
** Styris' 141 represented 62.66 per cent of the total runs (225) made by his team. This domination is the second best by any batsman in the World Cup after Kapil Dev's 175 unbeaten out of a total of 266-8 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells on 18-6-1983. Kapil had made 65.79 per cent of his team's total.
** Namibia became the 17th team to appear in a LOI match. The team also becomes the fifth African team to appear in LOIs after East Africa (in 1975), Zimbabwe (since 1983), South Africa (since 1992) and Kenya (since 1996).
** The partnership of 107 runs between Craig Wishart and Mark Vermeulen was Zimbabwe's best for the first wicket in the World Cup. The pair betters the previous best of 81 put on by Grant Flower and Neil Johnson against Kenya at Taunton on 15-5-1999.
** Playing in his 73rd match Wishart recorded the second hundred (172) of his career. His only other hundred - 102 - came against India at Harare on 30-9-1998.
** Wishart became the ninth batsman in history to register a three figure score on first appearance in the World Cup. His unbeaten 172 is the highest individual score by a Zimbabwean in LOIs. He goes past the previous best of 145 made by Andy Flower against India at Colombo (RP) on 14-9-2002.
** Wishart's score was the fifth highest made by any batsman in the World Cup. South African Gary Kirsten's 188 not out against UAE at Rawalpindi in 1996 remains the highest.
** Zimbabwe's total of 340-2 was its highest ever in LOIs eclipsing the existing record of 325-6 made against Kenya at Dhaka on 27-3-1999. Incidentally the total was the fourth highest ever made in a World Cup match.
** Heath Streak's two wickets in this match takes his World Cup tally to 17 in 15 matches, which makes him the highest wicket-taker for Zimbabwe in the World Cup. He went past the previous record of 16 wickets each held jointly by John Traicos and Eddo Brandes.
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