World Cup Week That Was
Sunday 02 March 2003
Debate of the week
Debate of the week
Evidence for those saying a day/night match is won at the toss by batting: West Indies (278) bt South Africa (275); Canada (180) bt Bangladesh (120); Canada (197) lost to Kenya (199); England (246) bt Pakistan (134); India (250) bt England (168); Sri Lanka (228) bt West Indies (222). 5-1 in favour, 1,379 runs against 1,118. Tomorrow, South Africa v Sri Lanka in Durban. The hosts must win or they're out.
Final over of the week
Depends if you're a batsman or a bowler. Andy Caddick's (pictured) last four balls for England against India saw the score go from 250 for 5 to 250 for 9: Kaif c Flintoff; Dravid c Collingwood; Singh run out; Srinath c Trescothick. Darren Lehmann took the Australian total on from 273 for 6 to 301 for 6, hitting four, four, four, six, four, six, a World Cup record 28 runs for an over. Namibian Rudi van Vuuren's ruined figures were 10-0-92-0.
Quote of the week
"Don't insult us every time we beat a big team." An outraged president of the Kenyan Cricket Association, Jimmy Rayani, after his country's victory over Sri Lanka prompted whispers of the match being fixed.
Standpoint of the week
The truth is out: New Zealand's players, silver medallists in a late night/early morning fracas outside a Durban nightclub, had upset locals by taking off their shirts and performing the Haka and other war dances. In fining Chris Cairns and Brendon McCullum, the NZC chief executive, Martin Snedden, said: "Behaviour by some players at the nightclub was unacceptable, and it should not be allowed to reoccur."
Brainteaser of the week
Work this out: Kenya beat Sri Lanka who beat New Zealand who beat the West Indies who beat South Africa who beat Kenya who beat Canada who beat Bangladesh who haven't beaten anyone but weren't beaten by West Indies. Confused? Not nearly as much as it did to compilers of Pool B who have been unable to find a consensus as to how things stand. We trust, however, our table on page 11 is correct.
Yawn of the week
One-day cricket a case of crash, bang, wallop? Not if you are Ishwar Maraj. The Canadian opener crawled his way to 53 in carrying his bat for 155 balls against South Africa, the most balls faced by a batsman in an innings in this year's edition. However, India's Sunil Gavaskar still holds the dubious honour of slowest of the slow: 36no off 173 balls against England in 1975.
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits record low as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West