•26th match: Kenya vs Sri Lanka in Nairobi
Batting first, Kenya got 210, helped by Kennedy Otieno’s 60 from 88 balls. Muttiah Muralitharan took four wickets for 28 for Sri Lanka who, at one stage, were well on course at 71 for 2 in 17 overs. But man of the match Collins Obuya (5 for 24) and some exceptional fielding saw Sri Lanka getting out for 157 in 45 overs. Kenya won by 53 runs.
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•36th match: India vs Pakistan in Centurion
Guided by Saeed Anwar’s century, Pakistan made 276 batting first. In reply, India reached 100 in 12 overs. Sachin Tendulkar played one of the best innings of his career, smashing 98 from 75 balls against a potent bowling attack—Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar and Waqar Younis. India still needed 96 runs when Tendulkar got out, but a 100-run partnership between Rahul Dravid (44*) and Yuvraj Singh (50*) ensured India’s winning record against Pakistan remained intact.
•40th match: South Africa vs Sri Lanka in Durban
South Africa’s second successive bizarre World Cup exit came from another rain-affected match. When Lance Klusener went to bat in the 42nd over, the weather deteriorated drastically. With rain predicted, a message was sent from the dressing room to Mark Boucher that they needed to score 229 with no further fall of wickets. South Africa reached 229 with the help of a six by Boucher and he safely defended the last ball of the last over. But South Africa had made a mistake—229 gave them a tie, not victory. Earlier, Marvan Atapattu (124 ) and Aravinda de Silva (73 ) helped Sri Lanka reach 268.
Compiled by Manoj Madhavan.
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