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The 2003 Cricket World Cup (Official name: ICC Cricket World Cup 2003) was the eighth edition of the tournament and was played in South Africa from 9 February to 24 March. 2003 was the first time that the Cricket World Cup was 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 Cricket World Cup with the teams divided into 2 groups, and the top three in each group qualifying for the "Super-6" stage. The tournament saw upsets in the first round with South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, and England failing to make it to Super-6 stage while Zimbabwe and Kenya made it to Super-6 stage and Kenya made the semi-finals of the tournament.

The tournament was won by Australia who defeated India in the final.

Participating nations

Fourteen teams played in the 2003 Cricket World Cup. In the first round, they were divided into two groups of 7 teams. The top three from each group qualified for the "Super Six", carrying forward the results they had achieved against other qualifiers from their group into the Super Six round. The top four teams in the Super Six round qualified for the semi-finals, and the winners of those matches played the final.

Test and ODI status





New Zealand


South Africa

Sri Lanka

West Indies


ICC Trophy Qualifiers



Host cities and venues

Cities Venues Capacity
Johannesburgmarker, South Africa Wanderers Stadiummarker 34,000
Durbanmarker, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmeadmarker 25,000
Cape Townmarker, South Africa Newlands Cricket Groundmarker 25,000
Centurionmarker, South Africa Centurion Parkmarker 23,000
Bloemfonteinmarker, South Africa Goodyear Parkmarker 20,000
Benonimarker, South Africa Willowmoore Parkmarker 20,000
Port Elizabethmarker, South Africa Sahara Oval St George’smarker 19,000
Potchefstroommarker, South Africa North West Cricket Stadiummarker 18,000
East Londonmarker, South Africa Buffalo Parkmarker 16,000
Pietermaritzburgmarker, South Africa Pietermaritzburg Ovalmarker 12,000
Kimberleymarker, South Africa De Beers Diamond Ovalmarker 11,000
Paarlmarker, South Africa Boland Parkmarker 10,000
Hararemarker, Zimbabwemarker Harare Sports Clubmarker 10,000
Bulawayomarker, Zimbabwemarker Queens Sports Clubmarker 9,000
Nairobimarker, Kenyamarker Nairobi Gymkhana Clubmarker 8,000

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 one-fourth of the points scored against the teams that failed to qualify.

Teams that qualified for the Super Six stage are highlighted in blue.

Pool A

Pool A
Team Pts Pld W L NR T NRR PCF
Australia 24 6 6 0 0 0 2.05 12
India 20 6 5 1 0 0 1.11 8
Zimbabwe 14 6 3 2 1 0 0.50 3.5
England 12 6 3 3 0 0 0.82 N/A
Pakistan 10 6 2 3 1 0 0.23 N/A
Netherlands 4 6 1 5 0 0 −1.45 N/A
Namibia 0 6 0 6 0 0 −2.96 N/A

Pool B

Pool B
Team Pts Pld W L NR T NRR PCF
Sri Lanka 18 6 4 1 0 1 1.20 7.5
Kenya 16 6 4 2 0 0 −0.69 10
New Zealand 16 6 4 2 0 0 0.99 4
South Africa 14 6 3 2 0 1 1.73 N/A
West Indies 14 6 3 2 1 0 1.10 N/A
Canada 4 6 1 5 0 0 −1.99 N/A
Bangladesh 2 6 0 5 1 0 −2.05 N/A

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 Six.

Super Six results

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

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

Super Six table

Team Pts Pld W L NR T NRR PCF
Australia 24 5 5 0 0 0 1.85 12
India 20 5 4 1 0 0 0.89 8
Kenya 14 5 3 2 0 0 0.35 10
Sri Lanka 11.5 5 2 3 0 0 −0.84 7.5
New Zealand 8 5 1 4 0 0 −0.90 4
Zimbabwe 3.5 5 0 5 0 0 −1.25 3.5

Knockout Stage

Semi finals

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 thirty-ninth 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.

The fairytale finally ended for the Kenyan team, the only non Test-playing nation to make a World Cup semifinal to date. 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 newly 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, who were never in the hunt and 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. Sandeep Patil cost Kenya the match


India won the toss, and Ganguly, slightly strangely, asked Australia to bat, hoping to take advantage of a pitch left damp by dew and rain. On a lively Wanderers Stadiummarker 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) then completed 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 second highest ever in ODI history.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting scored a century to be man of the match.
India's colossal 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 in the eighteenth over. This rain proved fleeting, but Australia had taken few wickets and when more rain looked to arrive India were leaders according to DL method. 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, for his demolition of bowling attacks, was named "Player of the Series."


Indian player sponsorships

There were a number of pre-tournament controversies, including the possible refusal of many Indianmarker 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 Zimbabwemarker, 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."

Englandmarker 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 6 just 2 points ahead of Englandmarker, from the 4 points they achieved from the boycott.

Similarly, New Zealandmarker 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 6, and New Zealand would have ended up with 12 points in the Super 6, 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.


Leading run scorers
Runs Player Country
673 Sachin Tendulkar India
465 Sourav Ganguly India
415 Ricky Ponting Australia
408 Adam Gilchrist Australia
384 Herschelle Gibbs South Africa
Leading wicket takers
Wickets Player Country
23 Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka
22 Brett Lee Australia
21 Glenn McGrath Australia
18 Zaheer Khan India
17 Shane Bond New Zealand
17 Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka

See also


  1. Match report for the final
  2. Points Tables from Cricinfo
  3. Wisden - 2004 - England v Zimbabwe

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