March 15, 2011


World Cup wonders, and Mujtaba sales

Andy Zaltzman


The number of match-winning ninth-wicket partnerships in World Cup history, of which Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam's 58 to slamdunk England into the losers' basket in Chittagong was the second highest, behind Bichel and Bevan's guiding Australia to victory, also against England, eight years ago with a deeply irritating/coolly heroic stand of 73 (delete according to national allegiance).

Lagging behind are Allan Lamb and Neil Foster's 37 to see England to a rare triumph against West Indies in 1987, and Jeremy Coney and John Bracewell's immortal unbroken stand of 7 to secure victory for the Kiwis against England in 1983. Bangladesh's victory was only the third time in World Cup history that a team has won after needing more than 50 when their eighth wicket fell.

Also: Number of copies of the DVD box set Asif Mujtaba's Greatest Innings sold since its release in 1997. All four were purchased online and signed for by a certain "Mr A Mutjaba".

Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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Andy Zaltzman
Andy Zaltzman was born in obscurity in 1974. He has been a sporadically-acclaimed stand-up comedian since 1999, and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is currently one half of TimesOnline's hit satirical podcast The Bugle, alongside John Oliver. Zaltzman's love of cricket outshone his aptitude for the game by a humiliating margin. He once scored 6 in 75 minutes in an Under-15 match, and failed to hit a six between the ages of 9 and 23. He would have been ideally suited to Tests, had not a congenital defect left him unable to play the game to anything above genuine village standard. He writes the Confectionery Stall blog on Cricinfo.

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