NUMBERS GAME

Who gets off to great starts at the World Cup? This is a record of how each nation have gone in their first match at each World Cup since 1975:

1. South Africa - 6 wins in 7 tournaments (85.71%)

2. New Zealand - 9 wins in 11 tournaments (81.81%)

3. England - 7 wins in 11 tournaments (63.63%)

3. Australia - 7 wins in 11 tournaments (63.63%)

5. Pakistan - 6 wins in 11 tournaments (54.54%)

5. West Indies - 6 wins in 11 tournaments (54.54%)

7. India - 5 wins in 11 tournaments (45.45%)

7. Sri Lanka - 5 wins in 11 tournaments (45.45%)

9. Bangladesh - 2 wins in 5 tournaments (40%)

10. Afghanistan - 0 wins in 1 tournament (0%)

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1975 World Cup Final - West Indies vs Australia

* West Indies were in trouble at 3/60 when Clive Lloyd came to the crease. He made 102 out of the 149 run partnership for the 4th wicket. 

* Australia had 5 run outs in their innings, a record that still stands to this day in one day cricket. The Chappell brothers were two of the batsmen dismissed run out in that innings. Since then, there have been 5 run outs in an innings on 9 other occasions, but only on one other occasion did it happen at another World Cup. That was at the 1996 World Cup, where coincidently, another famous set of Australian brothers were two of the five players run out. Steve and Mark Waugh both were run out in that match against India.

Kumar Sangakkara - Last 5 one day innings

It would be hard to find someone who finished their career the way Sri Lankan all time great Kumar Sangakkara finished his one day career. It all happened at the 2015 World Cup:

105*  v Bangladesh

117* v England

104 v Australia

124 v Scotland

45 v South Africa

Sangakkara farewelled international one day cricket with 4 centuries in his final 5 matches. 

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1992 World Cup Trivia

* Inzamam-ul-Haq's brilliant match winnings knock of 60 off 48 balls in the semi final against New Zealand was the only time he passed 50 in his 10 times to bat at that World Cup.

* Kepler Wessels made a good start to the 1983 World Cup, making 76 for Australia against Zimbabwe, and an even better start to the 1992 World Cup, making 81* for South Africa, this time against Australia.

* Martin Crowe (456 runs at 114.00) was the 2nd Kiwi to be the leading run scorer at a World Cup. Glenn Turner in 1975 was the other. They were both captains, both averaged in excess of 100 and they both exited at the semi final stage.