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Statistical Highlights 37th match: Pakistan v Zimbabwe at The Oval on 11-6-1999

Mohandas Menon

This match was the 1479th in Limited over international (LOI) history.

This match was the 195th in World Cup history.

This match was Pakistan's 433nd and Zimbabwe's 125th in LOIs. Pakistan has now appeared in maximum LOIs than any other country.

This match was Pakistan's 45th and Zimbabwe's 34th in the WC. Pakistan now equals the record of England of having appeared in maximum matches WC matches.

It was their 20th meeting in LOIs and their second in the WC.

This match was the 25th LOI and the 10th in the WC to be played at this venue.

This venue was hosting its third WC match of the tournament.

Grant Flower was appearing in his 100th LOI match. He becomes the third Zimbabwean (after Andy Flower 113 matches and Alistair Campbell 105).

Campbell was captaining Zimbabwe in his 8th WC match. He equals Dave Houghton of captaining maximum matches for Zimbabwe in the WC.

The partnership of 95 runs between Saeed Anwar and Wajahat Wasti just failed to better Pakistan's best for the first wicket against Zimbabwe. The best still remains as 100 between Saeed Anwar and Shahid Afridi at Lahore on 1-11-1996.

Incidentally it was Pakistan's only third highest partnership for the opening wicket in WC. The best two remains as the 159 between Majid Khan and Sadiq Mohammad against Sri Lanka at Nottingham in the 1975 WC and 99 between the same pair and at the same venue against Australia in 1979 WC.

However the Saeed-Wasti partnership surpassed Pakistan's previous best against Zimbabwe in the WC, which was just 29 runs between Aamer Sohail and Rameez Raja at Hobart in the 1992 WC.

Inzamam ul Haq was dismissed "stumped" for the seventh occasion in his LOI career. It was the second occasion he was being dismissed in this fashion, which equals the WC record held by nine others for the maximum stumpings in a WC career. Inzamam incidentally becomes the first Pakistani to do so in the WC.

Saeed Anwar's 103 was his 16th hundred of his career in his 178th match. Incidentally his last hundred (140) came against India at Dhaka nearly 18 months ago - on 18-1-1998, which was in his 145th match.

It was his highest score in the WC. His previous best was the unbeaten 83 against Holland at Lahore in the 1996 WC.

Wasim Akram extended his dubious LOI record by recording his 22nd "duck" of his career. Akram has the maximum "ducks'" in LOIs than any other batsman.

The catch of Azhar Mahmood was Andy Flower's 100th dismissal (75ct+25st) as a "keeper" in LOIs. He was playing in his 105th match as a keeper. He becomes the 11th keeper to do so in LOIs. Just for the record, Flower in all has played in 113 matches and has 79 catches and 25 stumpings to credit.

Andy Flower at the end of the innings has taken his WC tally of dismissals to 14 (11ct+3st) to surpass the previous Zimbabwean record of 12 dismissals (10ct+2st) held by Dave Houghton.

When he claimed the wicket of Abdur Razzaq, Heath Streak captured his 100th LOI wicket in his 81st match. He becomes the first Zimbabwean and 49th bowler in LOI history to do so.

Pakistan's total of 271-9 was its highest against Zimbabwe in the WC. The previous highest being 254-4 at Hobart in 1992 WC.

Neil Johnson's 54 was the highest by a Zimbabwean batsman against Pakistan in the WC. The previous best was the 44 by Dave Houghton and Andy Waller at Hobart in 1992.

Saqlain Mushtaq's 3-16 betters the previous best by a Pakistani against Zimbabwe in the WC, which was the 3-21 by Wasim Akram at Hobart in the 1992 WC.

Saqlain's hat-trick was WC's second after Chetan Sharma's feat against New Zealand at Nagpur in the 1987 WC.

It also provided the 13th hat-trick in LOIs, with Saqlain joining team-mate Wasim Akram to become the only second bowler to do the hat-trick twice. Saqlain's previous hat-trick also came against Zimbabwe at Peshawar on 3-11-1996.

The two stumpings by Moin Khan equals the maximum by a keeper in the WC. Indians Syed Kirmani and Kiran More, Pakistani Wasim Bari and Moin Khan (v Bangladesh at Northampton on 31-5-1999) and Bangladeshi Khaled Mashud are the only others to do so. Moin was the only one to do it twice.

The two stumpings by Moin has taken his tally to seven, the most by a keeper in the WC. India's Kiran More had six to his credit.

Zimbabwe's total of 123 was its lowest in the WC. The previous lowest was the 134 against England at Albury in 1992.

Zimbabwe's total is also the lowest against Pakistan by any team in WC. The previous lowest was Sri Lanka's 138 at Nottingham in the 1975 WC.

The 148 run victory was Pakistan's fourth largest in terms of runs in LOIs. In fact this win was Pakistan's best ever against a Test-playing nation. Just for the record, Pakistan's 192 run victory against Sri Lanka at Nottingham in the 1975 WC remains its best, however the Lankans then were not a Test playing nation. Incidentally Pakistan's previous best win against a Test playing nation, in terms of runs came against India when it won by 143 runs at Jaipur recently on 24-3-1999.

Saeed Anwar won his 21st Man of the match award, which incidentally was the maximum by any Pakistani in LOIs. Curiously, it was Anwar's first in the WC.

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