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Statistical Highlights 40th match: Pakistan v New Zealand at Manchester on 16-6-1999 (1st Semi-final)

Mohandas Menon

This match was the 1482nd in Limited over international (LOI) history.

This match was the 198th in World Cup history.

This match was Pakistan's 434th and New Zealand's 332nd in LOIs. Pakistan now has the distinction of having played in most LOI matches than any country. Australia, is a close second having appeared in 433 matches.

This match was Pakistan's 46th and New Zealand's 44th in the WC. Pakistan has now appeared in maximum WC matches than any other country.

It was their 50th meeting in LOIs and their seventh in the WC.

This match was the 29th LOI and the 11th in the WC to be played at this venue.

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

Wasim Akram was appearing in his 31st WC match which equals the tally of Australian Steve Waugh. Only Pakistani Javed Miandad has appeared in more WC matches - 33.

Chris Harris was playing in his 22nd WC match - the most by a New Zealander in the WC. Martin Crowe had played in 21 WC matches for New Zealand.

Stephen Fleming was captaining New Zealand for the ninth occasion in the WC. He equals the record of Martin Crowe of having captained in maximum WC matches for New Zealand.

The partnership of 94 runs between Fleming and Roger Twose was second highest conceded by Paksitan in the WC for the fourth wicket against any country. The best of 107 runs incidentally still remains with New Zealand when Martin Crowe and Ken Rutherford put on the partnership at Auckland in the 1992 WC.

Twose's catch by Ijaz Ahmed equals the Pakistani WC record for the maximum catches by a fielder. Javed Miandad had also taken 11 catches in the WC.

Adam Parore's 'duck' was his 10th of his career - the maximum by a New Zealander in LOIs. John Wright had nine 'ducks' in his career.

The 47 extras was the top-scorer for New Zealand, while Twose was the second highest scorer with 46. It provided the eleventh instance in LOIs when the extras either top-scored or was the joint top-scorer. It also provided the fifth such instance in the WC.

It also provided the second instance when extras top-scored for New Zealand against Pakistan. Mark Greatbatch and the extras were the joint top scorers with 42 runs at Christchurch on 18-3-1992, which incidentally was also in a WC match.

The partnership of 194 runs between Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti was
Pakistan's best against New Zealand for the opening wicket in the WC. The previous best was the 70 between Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar at Lahore in the 1996 WC.

Pakistan's best against any country for the first wicket in the WC. The previous best was the 159 between Majid Khan and Sadiq Mohammad against Sri Lanka at Nottingham in the 1975 WC.

Pakistan's best for any wicket against any country in the WC. The previous best was the 167 between Rameez Raja and Salim Malik for the 2nd wicket against England at Karachi in the 1987 WC.

Pakistan's highest for any wicket against any country "batting second". The previous best being the 173 between Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar also for the opening wicket against Sri Lanka at Sharjah on 12-11-1996.

Pakistan's highest for the first wicket against any country "batting second" in the WC. The previous best being the 84 by Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar against India at Bangalore in the 1996 WC.

Pakistan's best for the first wicket against New Zealand in LOIs. The previous best was the 177 between Saeed Anwar and Zahoor Elahi at Sialkot on 6-12-1996.

The highest for the first wicket by any country in the WC. The previous best was the 186 between South Africans Gary Kirsten and Andrew Hudson against Holland at Rawalpindi in the 1996 WC.

The highest for the first wicket by any team against New Zealand in LOIs. The previous best being the 193 between Englishmen Bill Athey and Graham Gooch at this same venue on 18-7-1986.

the second highest partnership by any team for any wicket against New Zealand. The best still remains as 263 for the 2nd wicket between Pakistanis Aamer Sohail and Inzamam ul Haq at Sharjah on 20-4-1994.

In the last four innings this pair have put on the following partnerships for the first wicket for Pakistan: 32 (v Australia), 41 (v South Africa), 95 (v Zimbabwe) and now this 194 run partnership against New Zealand.

Saeed Anwar became third batsman in WC history to score "back-to-back" hundreds. The others being Australia's Mark Waugh in 1996 and India's Rahul Dravid during this WC.

Anwar equals the tally of West Indian Desmond Haynes who too has 17 hundreds to his credit. Now only India's Sachin Tendulkar has more - 22 hundreds.

This was Pakistan's first ever LOI victory at this venue in seven matches.

This was Pakistan's sixth consecutive win over New Zealand in the WC since 1983. New Zealand had won the first encounter in the WC between the two sides at Birmingham on 11-6-1983, since then it has been Pakistan all the way.

It was Pakistan's second nine wicket victory in the WC, which equals their best which was against UAE at Gujranwala in the 1996 WC.

Pakistan entered the WC final for the only second time. They had last won the WC in 1992.

It was Shoaib Akhtar's first man of the match award of his career for Pakistan altough he had won a man of the series award recently at Sharjah in April this year.

Incidentally, Shoaib's figures of 3-55 was the worst bowling performance by any player who has won the man of the match award in LOI history. The previous two worst bowling performances came from India's Chetan Sharma (3-51) against New Zealand at Nagpur on 31-10-1987 - in the WC. However Sharma had claimed a hat-trick and won the award jointly with Sunil Gavaskar. The other instance came when Australian Brendon Julian won the award with figures of 3-50 against England at Lord's on 23-5-1993. In all these three instances none of the players concerned got an opportunity to bat or take a catch.

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