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2003 ICC Cricket World Cup
Cricket World Cup Logo 2003.svg
Logo of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup
Dates 9 February – 23 March
Administrator(s) International Cricket Council
Cricket format One Day International
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s) South Africa
Zimbabwe
Kenya
Champions  Australia (3rd title)
Participants 14
Matches played 54
Attendance 626,845 (11,608 per match)
Man of the Series India Sachin Tendulkar
Most runs India Sachin Tendulkar (673)
Most wickets Sri Lanka Chaminda Vaas (23)
1999
2007

The 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup was the eighth Cricket World Cup, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya from 9 February to 23 March 2003. This edition of the World Cup was the first to be played in Africa.

The tournament featured 14 teams, the largest number in the World Cup's history at the time, playing a total of 54 matches. It followed the format introduced in the 1999 World Cup, with the teams divided into two groups, and the top three in each group qualifying for the Super Sixes stage.

The tournament saw numerous upsets, with South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies and England all being eliminated at the group stage. England forfeited their match with Zimbabwe, due to the political unrest in the country, which ultimately enabled that team to reach the Super Sixes. Kenya, a non-Test playing nation, went even further, making the semi-finals.

The tournament was eventually won by defending champions Australia, who won all eleven of their matches, beating India in the final played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.[1] This was Australia's third World Cup, making them the most successful nation in the tournament's history.

Participating countries[edit]

14 teams played in the 2003 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 including the recently appointed member Bangladesh, while Kenya also qualified automatically due to their full One Day International status. The other three spots were filled by the top three teams in the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada, which served as a qualifying tournament. These teams were, respectively, the Netherlands, Namibia and Canada. This was Namibia's World Cup debut, while the Netherlands and Canada were both appearing in the tournament for the second time, having previously appeared in 1996 and 1979 respectively.

The format used in the 1999 World Cup was retained, with the 14 teams divided into two groups of seven, and the top three from each group qualifying for the Super Sixes stage, carrying forward the results they had achieved against other qualifiers from their group. The top four teams in the Super Sixes qualified for the semi-finals, and the winners of those matches contested the final.

Dazzle, official mascot of 2003 World Cup
Full Members
 Bangladesh  Australia
 England  India
 New Zealand  Pakistan
 South Africa  Sri Lanka
 West Indies  Zimbabwe
Associate Members
 Kenya  Canada
 Namibia  Netherlands

Host cities and venues[edit]

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

Group stage tables and results[edit]

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.[2]

Pool A[edit]

Team Pld W L NR T NRR Pts PCF
 Australia 6 6 0 0 0 2.05 24 12
 India 6 5 1 0 0 1.11 20 8
 Zimbabwe 6 3 2 1 0 0.50 14 3.5
 England 6 3 3 0 0 0.82 12
 Pakistan 6 2 3 1 0 0.23 10
 Netherlands 6 1 5 0 0 −1.45 4
 Namibia 6 0 6 0 0 −2.96 0
10 February 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
340/2 (50 overs)
v
 Namibia
104/5 (25.1 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 86 runs (D/L)
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
11 February 2003
Scorecard
Australia 
310/8 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
228 (44.3 overs)
Australia won by 82 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
12 February 2003
Scorecard
India 
204 (48.5 overs)
v
 Netherlands
136 (48.1 overs)
India won by 68 runs
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
13 February 2003
Scorecard
v
Zimbabwe won (by walkover)
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
15 February 2003
Scorecard
India 
125 (41.4 overs)
v
 Australia
128/1 (22.2 overs)
Australia won by 9 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
16 February 2003
Scorecard
Netherlands 
142/9 (50 overs)
v
 England
144/4 (23.2 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
16 February 2003
Scorecard
Pakistan 
255/9 (50 overs)
v
 Namibia
84 (17.4 overs)
Pakistan won by 171 runs
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa
19 February 2003
Scorecard
India 
255/7 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
172 (44.4 overs)
India won by 83 runs
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
19 February 2003
Scorecard
England 
272 (50 overs)
v
 Namibia
217/9 (50 overs)
England won by 55 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
20 February 2003
Scorecard
Australia 
170/2 (36 overs)
v
 Netherlands
122 (30.2 overs)
Australia won by 75 runs (D/L) D/L calculation
North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom, South Africa
22 February 2003
Scorecard
England 
246/8 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
134 (31 overs)
England won by 112 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
23 February 2003
Scorecard
India 
311/2 (50 overs)
v
 Namibia
130 (42.3 overs)
India won by 181 runs
Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
24 February 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
246/9 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
248/3 (47.3 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
25 February 2003
Scorecard
Pakistan 
253/9 (50 overs)
v
 Netherlands
156 (39.3 overs)
Pakistan won by 97 runs
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
26 February 2003
Scorecard
India 
250/9 (50 overs)
v
 England
168 (45.3 overs)
India won by 82 runs
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
27 February 2003
Scorecard
Australia 
301/6 (50 overs)
v
 Namibia
45 (14 overs)
Australia won by 256 runs
North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom, South Africa
28 February 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
301/8 (50 overs)
v
 Netherlands
202/9 (50 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 99 runs
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
1 March 2003
Scorecard
Pakistan 
273/7 (50 overs)
v
 India
276/4 (45.4 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
2 March 2003
Scorecard
England 
204/8 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
208/8 (49.4 overs)
Australia won by 2 wickets
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
3 March 2003
Scorecard
Netherlands 
314/4 (50 overs)
v
 Namibia
250 (46.5 overs)
Netherlands won by 64 runs
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
4 March 2003
Scorecard
Pakistan 
73/3 (14 overs)
v
No result
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Pool B[edit]

Team Pld W L NR T NRR Pts PCF
 Sri Lanka 6 4 1 0 1 1.20 18 7.5
 Kenya 6 4 2 0 0 −0.69 16 10
 New Zealand 6 4 2 0 0 0.99 16 4
 South Africa 6 3 2 0 1 1.73 14
 West Indies 6 3 2 1 0 1.10 14
 Canada 6 1 5 0 0 −1.99 4
 Bangladesh 6 0 5 1 0 −2.05 2
9 February 2003
Scorecard
West Indies 
278/5 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
275/9 (49 overs)
West Indies won by 3 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
10 February 2003
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
272/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
225 (45.3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 47 runs
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
11 February 2003
Scorecard
Canada 
180 (49.1 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
120 (28 overs)
Canada won by 60 runs
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
12 February 2003
Scorecard
Kenya 
140 (38 overs)
v
 South Africa
142/0 (21.2 overs)
South Africa won by 10 wickets
North West Cricket Stadium, Potchefstroom, South Africa
13 February 2003
Scorecard
New Zealand 
241/7 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
221 (49.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 20 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
14 February 2003
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
124 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
126/0 (21.1 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
15 February 2003
Scorecard
Canada 
197 (49 overs)
v
 Kenya
198/6 (48.3 overs)
Kenya won by 4 wickets
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
16 February 2003
Scorecard
South Africa 
306 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
229/1 (36.5 overs)
New Zealand won by 9 wickets (D/L)
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
18 February 2003
Scorecard
West Indies 
244/9 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
32/2 (8.1 overs)
No result
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
19 February 2003
Scorecard
Canada 
36 (18.4 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
37/1 (4.4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets
Boland Park, Paarl, South Africa
21 February 2003
Scorecard
v
Kenya won (by walkover)
Nairobi Gymkhana Club, Nairobi, Kenya
22 February 2003
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
108 (35.1 overs)
v
 South Africa
109/0 (12 overs)
South Africa won by 10 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
23 February 2003
Scorecard
Canada 
202 (42.5 overs)
v
 West Indies
206/3 (20.3 overs)
West Indies won by 7 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
24 February 2003
Scorecard
Kenya 
210/9 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
157 (45 overs)
Kenya won by 53 runs
Nairobi Gymkhana Club, Nairobi, Kenya
26 February 2003
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
198/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
199/3 (33.3 overs)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa
27 February 2003
Scorecard
South Africa 
254/8 (50 overs)
v
 Canada
136/5 (50 overs)
South Africa won by 118 runs
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
28 February 2003
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
228/6 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
222/9 (50 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 6 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
1 March 2003
Scorecard
Kenya 
217/7 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
185 (47.2 overs)
Kenya won by 32 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
3 March 2003
Scorecard
Canada 
196 (47 overs)
v
 New Zealand
197/5 (23 overs)
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
3 March 2003
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
268/9 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
229/6 (45 overs)
4 March 2003
Scorecard
West Indies 
246/7 (50 overs)
v
 Kenya
104 (35.5 overs)
West Indies won by 142 runs
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa

Super Sixes[edit]

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
 Australia 3 3 0 0 0 1.85 24 12
 India 3 3 0 0 0 0.89 20 8
 Kenya 3 1 2 0 0 0.35 14 10
 Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0 0 −0.84 11.5 7.5
 New Zealand 3 1 2 0 0 −0.90 8 4
 Zimbabwe 3 0 3 0 0 −1.25 3.5 3.5
7 March 2003
Scorecard
Australia 
319/5 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
223 (47.4 overs)
Australia won by 96 runs
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
7 March 2003
Scorecard
Kenya 
225/6 (50 overs)
v
 India
226/4 (47.5 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa
8 March 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
252/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
253/4 (47.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 6 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
10 March 2003
Scorecard
India 
292/6 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
109 (23 overs)
India won by 183 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
11 March 2003
Scorecard
Australia 
208/9 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
112 (30.1 overs)
Australia won by 96 runs
St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
12 March 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
133 (44.1 overs)
v
 Kenya
135/3 (26 overs)
Kenya won by 7 wickets
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa
14 March 2003
Scorecard
New Zealand 
146 (45.1 overs)
v
 India
150/3 (40.4 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
Centurion Park, Centurion, South Africa
15 March 2003
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
256/5 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
182 (41.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 74 runs
Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa
15 March 2003
Scorecard
Kenya 
174/8 (50 overs)
v
 Australia
178/5 (31.2 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
18 March – St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
 1  Australia 212/7  
 4  Sri Lanka 123/7  
 
23 March – New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
      Australia 359/2
    India 234
20 March – Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
 2  India 270/4
 3  Kenya 179  

Semi finals[edit]

18 March 2003
10:00
Scorecard
Australia 
212/7 (50 overs)
v
 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
14:30
Scorecard
 India
270/4 (50 overs)
v
Kenya 
179 (46.2 overs)
India won by 91 runs
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WIN) and DJ Harper (AUS)

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[edit]


23 March 2003
10:00
Scorecard
Australia 
359/2 (50 overs)
v
 India
234 (39.1 overs)
RT Ponting 140* (121)
H Singh 2/49 (8 overs)
Virender Sehwag 82 (81)
Glenn McGrath 3/52 (8.2)
Australia won by 125 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WIN) and DR Shepherd (ENG)
Player of the match: Ricky Ponting (AUS)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.

A civic centre lit up to mark the World Cup

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 Andy Bichel, 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."[3]

Controversies[edit]

Indian player sponsorships[edit]

There were a number of pre-tournament controversy, 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[edit]

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.[4] 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[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Match report for the final
  2. ^ Points Tables from Cricinfo
  3. ^ "ICC World Cup, 2002/03, Final". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2007. 
  4. ^ Engel, Matthew, ed. (13 February 2003). "Pool A – 2003 World Cup – England v Zimbabwe". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2004. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. London: John Wisden & Co. ISBN 978-0-947766-83-2. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 

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