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A few key numbers from the Champions Trophy
June 5, 2013
12-5 - Australia's win-loss record in the Champions Trophy, the best among all teams. They've won each of their last eight completed matches, starting from their second match of the 2006 edition. By contrast, in their first nine matches in Champions Trophy, they'd lost five and won four. The last time Australia lost a Champions Trophy match was in their first game of the 2006 tournament, when West Indies beat them by 10 runs in Mumbai. Australia are the only team with a win-loss ratio of more than two in the Champions Trophy - the next-best is India's 1.67.
12* - Matches won by West Indies in the Champions Trophy, the most by any side. Apart from winning the tournament in 2004, they also reached the final in 1998 (lost to South Africa) and 2006 (lost to Australia). However, West Indies have lost nine, which is also the highest by any side in this tournament. Zimbabwe have lost nine as well, and they haven't won a single match.
26 - The number of 50-plus scores by England and India, the most by any team in the Champions Trophy. Australia have 25, while South Africa and West Indies have 23 each. India, Sri Lanka and West Indies lead in terms of hundreds, with six each. Among the individual batsmen, Sourav Ganguly, Chris Gayle and Herschelle Gibbs have three each.
12 - The number of Champions Trophy matches Australia have won under Ricky Ponting's leadership, the most by a captain in this tournament. Australia have played only two matches when Ponting hasn't been captain, and they've lost them both, against India in 1998 and 2000.
695 - Gayle's aggregate in Champions Trophy matches, the highest among all batsmen. Three others have scored more than 600, but none of them are playing the tournament this year - Sourav Ganguly (665), Jacques Kallis (653) and Rahul Dravid (627). Among those playing this tournament, the next-best after Gayle is Mahela Jayawardene's 574.
24 - Muttiah Muralitharan's wickets tally in Champions Trophy, the most for any bowler. Murali took those wickets in 17 matches, at an average of 20.16 and an economy rate of 3.60. Kyle Mills is the joint second-highest along with Brett Lee, and needs only three more wickets to go past Murali's mark.
17 - The number of sixes struck by Ganguly, the most by any batsman in Champions Trophy matches. A couple of batsmen playing in the current edition could go past that mark: Gayle is second with 13 sixes, while Watson has 12.
4 - The number of ducks for Watson in 12 innings in Champions Trophy games, the most ducks for any player in the tournament. However, Watson has also scored two hundreds and two fifties, thanks to which his overall tournament average is 52.37, at a strike rate of 84.98.
13 - The record for most wickets in a single Champions Trophy edition, by Jerome Taylor in 2006. Farveez Maharoof took 12 in the same edition, while Wayne Parnell (in 2009) and Lasith Malinga (in 2006) took 11 each.
210 - The biggest margin of victory, in terms of runs, in the Champions Trophy. New Zealand beat USA by that margin in 2004. The biggest margin in terms of balls remaining was also in that edition against USA, when Australia beat them with 253 balls to spare.
252 - The biggest partnership in Champions Trophy matches, by Ponting and Watson against England in Centurion in 2009. The only other double-century partnership was also at the same edition and same venue - 206 by Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf against India.
* June 6 2.45pm The matches won by West Indies stat has been corrected
S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on TwitterFeeds: S Rajesh
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