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2003 ICC Cricket World Cup
Cricket World Cup Logo 2003
Administrator International Cricket Council
Cricket Format One Day International
Tournament Format Round-robin and Knockout
Hosts Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa South Africa
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg ZimbabweZimbabwe
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Kenya
Champions Flag of Australia Australia
Participants 14
Matches Played 54
Most runs Flag of India India Sachin Tendulkar (673)
Most wickets Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Chaminda Vaas (23)
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The 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup was the eighth ICC Cricket World Cup and was played in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya from 9 February to 24 March. 2003 was the first time that the Cricket World Cup had been held in Africa. The tournament featured 14 teams and 54 matches, the most in the tournament history up to that time. The tournament followed the format introduced in the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup with the teams divided into 2 groups, and the top three in each group qualifying for the Super Sixes stage. The tournament saw upsets in the first round with co-host and tournament favourite South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies and England, who forfeited their pool match with Zimbabwe due to the political unrest in the country, failing to make it to Super Sixes stage while Zimbabwe and Kenya made it to Super Sixes stage and Kenya, a non-Test playing nation, made the semi-finals of the tournament.

The tournament was won by the defending champions Australia, who defeated India in the final, making them the first country to win more than 2 World Cups since the inception of the tournament in 1975.

Participating Countries

14 teams played in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, the largest number of teams to play in a Cricket World Cup at the time. The 10 Test playing nations automatically qualified for the tournament, while Kenya, despite not having Test status, also automatically qualified due to their full ODI status. The other 3 spots were filled by a qualifying tournament, the ICC Trophy which was held in Canada in 2001. The teams which qualified from this tournament were the Netherlands (winner), Namibia (runner-up) and Canada (3rd place). While Namibia made their Cup debut in this tournament, for the Netherlands and Canada it was the 2nd time they were playing in the Cup, having made their Cup debuts in 1996 and 1979 respectively.

The 1999 Cricket World Cup format was retained, where in the first round, the participating countries were divided into two groups of seven teams. The top three from each group qualified for the Super Sixes, carrying forward the results they had achieved against other qualifiers from their group into the Super Sixes round. The top four teams in the Super Sixes round qualified for the semi-finals, and the winners of those matches played the final.

Full Members
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Flag of Australia Australia
Flag of England England Flag of India India
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Flag of West Indies West Indies Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Associate Members
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands

Host cities and venues

Cities Venues Capacity Matches
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Johannesburg Wanderers Stadium 34,000 5
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Durban Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 25,000 5
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Cape Town Newlands Cricket Ground 25,000 5
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Centurion Centurion Park 23,000 5
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Bloemfontein Goodyear Park 20,000 5
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Port Elizabeth St George's Oval 19,000 5
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Potchefstroom North West Cricket Stadium 18,000 3
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa East London Buffalo Park 16,000 3
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Kimberley De Beers Diamond Oval 11,000 3
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Paarl Boland Park 10,000 3
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Benoni Willowmoore Park 20,000 2
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Pietermaritzburg Pietermaritzburg Oval 12,000 2
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe Harare Harare Sports Club 10,000 3
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe Bulawayo Queens Sports Club 9,000 3
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Nairobi Nairobi Gymkhana Club 8,000 2

Group stage tables and results

The top three teams from each pool qualify for the next stage, carrying forward the points already scored against fellow qualifiers, plus a quarter of the points scored against the teams that failed to qualify.

Pool A

Team Pld W L NR T NRR Pts PCF
Flag of Australia Australia 660002.052412
Flag of India India 651001.11208
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 632100.50143.5
Flag of England England 633000.8212
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 623100.2310
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 61500−1.454
Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia 60600−2.960
10 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
340/2 (50 overs)
v Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia
104/5 (25.1 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 86 runs (D/L)
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
11 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
310/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
228 (44.3 overs)
Australia won by 82 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
12 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of India India
204 (48.5 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
136 (48.1 overs)
India won by 68 runs
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
13 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
v Flag of England England
Zimbabwe won (by walkover)
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
15 February 2003
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Flag of India India
125 (41.4 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
128/1 (22.2 overs)
Australia won by 9 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
16 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
142/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
144/4 (23.2 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
16 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
255/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia
84 (17.4 overs)
Pakistan won by 171 runs
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa
19 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of India India
255/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
172 (44.4 overs)
India won by 83 runs
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
19 February 2003
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Flag of England England
272 (50 overs)
v Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia
217/9 (50 overs)
England won by 55 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
20 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
170/2 (36 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
122 (30.2 overs)
Australia won by 48 runs (D/L)
North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom, South Africa
22 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of England England
246/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
134 (31 overs)
England won by 112 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
23 February 2003
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Flag of India India
311/2 (50 overs)
v Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia
130 (42.3 overs)
India won by 181 runs
Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
24 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
246/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
248/3 (47.3 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
25 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
253/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
156 (39.3 overs)
Pakistan won by 97 runs
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
26 February 2003
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Flag of India India
250/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
168 (45.3 overs)
India won by 82 runs
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
27 February 2003
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Flag of Australia Australia
301/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia
45 (14 overs)
Australia won by 256 runs
North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom, South Africa
28 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
301/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
202/9 (50 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 99 runs
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
1 March 2003
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Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
273/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of India India
276/4 (45.4 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
2 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of England England
204/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
208/8 (49.4 overs)
Australia won by 2 wickets
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
3 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
314/4 (50 overs)
v Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia
250 (46.5 overs)
Netherlands won by 64 runs
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
4 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
73/3 (14 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
No result
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Pool B

Team Pld W L NR T NRR Pts PCF
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 641011.20187.5
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya 64200−0.691610
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 642000.99164
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 632011.7314
Flag of West Indies West Indies 632101.1014
Flag of Canada.svg Canada 61500−1.994
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 60510−2.052
9 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
278/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
275/9 (49 overs)
West Indies won by 3 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
10 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
272/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
225 (45.3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 47 runs
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
11 February 2003
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Flag of Canada.svg Canada
180 (49.1 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
120 (28 overs)
Canada won by 60 runs
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
12 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
140 (38 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
142/0 (21.2 overs)
South Africa won by 10 wickets
North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom, South Africa
13 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
241/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
221 (49.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 20 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
14 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
124 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
126/0 (21.1 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
15 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Canada.svg Canada
197 (49 overs)
v Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
198/6 (48.3 overs)
Kenya won by 4 wickets
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
16 February 2003
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Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
306 (50 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
229/1 (36.5 overs)
New Zealand won by 9 wickets (D/L)
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
18 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
244/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
32/2 (8.1 overs)
No result
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
19 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Canada.svg Canada
36 (18.4 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
37/1 (4.4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
21 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Kenya won by forfeit
Nairobi Gymkhana Club, Nairobi, Kenya
22 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
108 (35.1 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
109/0 (12 overs)
South Africa won by 10 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
23 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Canada.svg Canada
202 (42.5 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
206/3 (20.3 overs)
West Indies won by 7 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
24 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
210/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
157 (45 overs)
Kenya won by 53 runs
Nairobi Gymkhana Club, Nairobi, Kenya
26 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
198/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
199/3 (33.3 overs)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa
27 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
254/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of Canada.svg Canada
136/5 (50 overs)
South Africa won by 118 runs
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
28 February 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
228/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
222/9 (50 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 6 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
1 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
217/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
185 (47.2 overs)
Kenya won by 32 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
3 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Canada.svg Canada
196 (47 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
197/5 (23 overs)
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
3 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
268/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
229/6 (45 overs)
Match tied (D/L)
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa

Before the South Africa v Sri Lanka game was delayed and ultimately called off for rain, the South African team gave to the batsmen a table showing the equivalent number of runs required after each ball, to equal the Sri Lankan total, for the remainder of the match assuming that rain would conclude the game after that particular ball. One ball before the rain interruption began, South Africa scored the requisite number of runs shown on the table. On the next ball it appeared that the batsmen could take a run but they decided not to take a risk, believing that their table showed the number of runs to win, not to tie. Thus the match ended in a tie, and South Africa lost all mathematical chance of proceeding to the Super Sixes, thus becoming the first host nation to be ousted in the first round. All people said that 'Rain cheated the rainbow nation'.

4 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
246/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
104 (35.5 overs)
West Indies won by 142 runs
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa

Super Sixes

Australia, India, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and New Zealand advanced to the Super Sixes stage.

Teams that advanced to the semi-finals are highlighted in blue.

Team Pld W L NR T NRR Pts PCF
Flag of Australia Australia 330001.852412
Flag of India India 330000.89208
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya 312000.351410
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 31200−0.8411.57.5
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 31200−0.9084
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 30300−1.253.53.5
7 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
319/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
223 (47.4 overs)
Australia won by 96 runs
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
7 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
225/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of India India
226/4 (47.5 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
8 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
252/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
253/4 (47.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 6 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
10 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of India India
292/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
109 (23 overs)
India won by 183 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
11 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
208/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
112 (30.1 overs)
Australia won by 96 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
12 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
133 (44.1 overs)
v Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
135/3 (26 overs)
Kenya won by 7 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
14 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
146 (45.1 overs)
v Flag of India India
150/3 (40.4 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
15 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
256/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
182 (41.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 74 runs
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
15 March 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
174/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
178/5 (31.2 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa

Knockout stage

  Semi-finals Final
18 March - St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
 1 Flag of Australia Australia 212/7  
 4 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 123/7  
 
23 March - New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
     Flag of Australia Australia 359/2
   Flag of India India 234
20 March - Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
 2 Flag of India India 270/4
 3 Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya 178  

Semi finals


18 March 2003

Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
212/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
123/7 (38.1 overs)
Australia won by 48 runs (D/L)
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Umpires: RE Koertzen (SA) and DR Shepherd (Eng)

On a difficult, slow pitch at Port Elizabeth, Australia struggled their way to 212 (7 wickets, 50 overs) against tight Sri Lankan bowling, thanks mainly to a great innings from Andrew Symonds (91* from 118 balls, 7 fours, 1 six), demonstrating again captain Ricky Ponting's faith in him. Chaminda Vaas, continuing his excellent tournament, took three wickets. Australia's pace attack then ripped through the Sri Lankan top order, with Brett Lee (3/35 in 8 overs) taking three early wickets and Glenn McGrath (1/20 in 7 overs) taking one. By the time rain arrived in the 39th over, continued tight bowling had squeezed Sri Lanka to 123 (7 wickets, 38.1 overs), well behind the target given by the Duckworth–Lewis method.


20 March 2003

Scorecard
Flag of India India
270/4 (50 overs)
v Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
179 (46.2 overs)
India won by 91 runs
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa

The fairytale ended for the Kenyan team, the only non Test-playing nation to ever make a World Cup semi-final. Sachin Tendulkar (83 from 101 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and Sourav Ganguly (111 from 114 balls, 5 fours, 5 sixes), batted the Kenyans out of the game as India careered to a total of 270 (4 wickets, 50 overs). Under the Durban lights, the potent Indian seam attack of Zaheer Khan (3/14 in 9.2 overs), the experienced Javagal Srinath (1/11 in 7 overs) and Ashish Nehra (2/11 in 5 overs) careered through the Kenyan top order. Kenya were bowled out for 179 (all out, 46.2 overs), with only Steve Tikolo (56 from 83 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) putting up any significant resistance.

Final

Main article: 2003 Cricket World Cup Final

23 March 2003

Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
359/2 (50 overs)
v Flag of India India
234 (39.1 overs)
Australia won by 125 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WIN) and DR Shepherd (ENG)
Man of the Match: Ricky Ponting (AUS)
RT Ponting 140* (121)
H Singh 2/49 (8 overs)
Virender Sehwag 82 (81)
Glenn McGrath 3/52 (8.2)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.

India won the toss, and Ganguly, asked Australia to bat, hoping to take advantage of a pitch left damp by dew and rain. On a lively Wanderers Stadium pitch, the Australian openers took advantage of very wayward Indian opening bowlers to get off to a flying start. Adam Gilchrist (57 from 48 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) and Matthew Hayden (37 from 54 balls, 5 fours) shared an opening partnership of 105 runs in 14 overs, forcing Ganguly to bring on the spinners unusually early. The change of pace brought wickets with Adam Gilchrist, who had been swinging at everything, holing out off a sweep shot from the bowling of Harbhajan Singh. Matthew Hayden, looking somewhat better than he had throughout the tournament, soon followed for 37, leaving Australia at 2/125 Captain Ricky Ponting (140 from 121 balls, 4 fours, 8 sixes) and Damien Martyn (88 from 84 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) (playing with a broken thumb) completing a partnership of 234 runs in 30.1 overs, an Australian record for one-day cricket. Ponting and Martyn started efficiently, putting away bad balls but mostly keeping the scoring going with good running, then letting loose in the last ten overs, taking 109 from them. Ponting in particular dispatched the bowling over the fence with fearsome regularity in scoring 8 sixes, the most from one batsman in any World Cup match at the time. The final Australian total of 359 (2 wickets, 50 overs), at a run rate of 7.18 runs an over, was their then second highest ever in ODI history.

India's run chase was made even more difficult after their trump card, Sachin Tendulkar, was out in the first over after skying a pull shot, Glenn McGrath completing the caught and bowled. Nevertheless, Virender Sehwag's (82 from 81 balls, 10 fours, 3 sixes) run-a-ball half century gave India respectability as they maintained a high scoring rate. Their only realistic hope—a washout—looked a possibility as the game was interrupted by rain with India at 3/103 after 17 overs. However, this rain passed by, and India's hopes were dashed when Sehwag was run out by Darren Lehmann, and again when Rahul Dravid (47 from 57 balls, 2 fours) was bowled by Brett Lee, ending their partnership of 88 runs in 13.2 overs. India's batsmen continued to throw wickets away in the chase as the run rate crept up past 7 an over, and they were finally bowled out for 234 (all out, 39.2 overs) at a run rate of 5.97 runs an over giving Australia an emphatic victory by a record margin (in World Cup finals thus far) of 125 runs, underlining their dominance of the tournament. Ponting was named "Man Of The Match", and Sachin Tendulkar was named "Player of the Series."

Controversies

Indian player sponsorships

There were a number of pre-tournament controversies, including the possible refusal of many Indian players to play due to their inability to promote their personal sponsors (many of whom provide most of the players' income, but whose products clash with those of the tournament sponsor).

Zimbabwe's political situation

Also raised was the security and political situation in Zimbabwe, and the appropriateness of playing there given the misdeeds of the regime of Robert Mugabe. Two Zimbabwean players, Andy Flower and Henry Olonga (the former white, the latter black) wore black armbands for their opening game, and issued a strong statement explaining that they were "mourning the death of democracy in Zimbabwe". Both men subsequently retired from Zimbabwean cricket, and began playing overseas, Olonga stating that to continue "would be condoning the grotesque human rights violations that have been perpetrated - and continue to be perpetrated - against my fellow countrymen".

England faced a great deal of domestic pressure to boycott their match in Zimbabwe on political grounds, and after some prevarication – initially announcing that they would play – did not play, citing fears for the players' safety. The boycott proved costly, as Zimbabwe advanced to the Super Sixes, just 2 points ahead of England, from the 4 points they achieved from the walkover.

Similarly, New Zealand decided against playing in Kenya because of security fears. This would ultimately cost New Zealand dearly. Had New Zealand played Kenya and won (as was expected), South Africa would have proceeded into the Super Sixes, and New Zealand would have ended up with 12 points in the Super Sixes, as they had previously defeated South Africa.

Shane Warne's drug test

Australian star player Shane Warne was sent home from the cup in embarrassing circumstances, only the day before their opening game, after a positive drug test in a lead-up competition in Australia revealed that he had taken a banned diuretic. The leg spinner claimed that he had taken a 'fluid pill' on the advice of his mother.

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