Under-19 World Cup August 9, 2012

The Under-19 World Cup in numbers

In the run-up to the Under-19 World Cup 2012, here's a look at some of the key numbers from previous tournaments

3 - The number of Under-19 World Cup tournaments won by Australia, the defending champions. Apart from winning the 2010 edition, they also won the inaugural one in 1988, and in 2002. They've never lost a final so far. India and Pakistan have each won two World Cup finals, while England have won one. South Africa have reached two finals, but have lost them both. (Click here for a look at the history of the tournament.)

3.33 - The win-loss record for South Africa in U-19 ODIs since the last World Cup in 2010, which is the best among all teams. In 27 matches, they've won 20 and lost six, though 13 of those matches - and wins - have been against Zimbabwe. India and Pakistan have win-loss ratios of 2.50, but Australia's is only 0.63, with seven wins and 11 defeats during this period.

42 - The number of matches won by Australia in U-19 World Cups, which is the highest among all teams. Pakistan and India are next with 38 and 37 victories. Australia also have the best win-loss ratio in World Cups - 3.81 (42 wins, 11 defeats) - with Pakistan in second place.

32 - The number of matches won by Bangladesh in U-19 World Cups. Only Australia, Pakistan and India have won more matches. Bangladesh's win-loss ratio of 2.66 is next only to those of Australia and Pakistan.

27 - The number of matches Papua New Guinea have lost, out of 29 played, in U-19 World Cups. It's the most defeats suffered by any team. Their two wins were against Bermuda in 2008, and Afghanistan in 2010. The next in line with the most defeats are New Zealand (25), and Zimbabwe and Ireland (24 each).

505 - The highest aggregate in a single U-19 World Cup tournament. India's Shikhar Dhawan achieved that feat in the 2004 edition, when he scored those runs in just seven innings, averaging 84.16 at a strike rate of 93.51. His three centuries included an unbeaten 155 against Scotland. Dhawan remains the only batsman to score 500-plus runs in an U-19 World Cup.

176 - The highest individual score by any batsman in the U-19 World Cup. West Indies' opener Donovan Pagon holds the record - he scored those runs in the 2002 World Cup against Scotland in Dunedin, in a match in which Lendl Simmons made 121. Pagon's knock is one of nine scores of 150 or more in World Cups, but the last such score came in the 2004 edition, when New Zealand's BJ Watling made 154, also against Scotland. In fact, four of those nine innings have come against Scotland.

430 - The biggest margin of victory in an U-19 World Cup game. This was in the 2002 edition, when Australia scored 480 and then bundled out Kenya for 50. Five Kenyan batsmen were dismissed without scoring, while only one touched double digits. On the other hand, three Australian batsmen - including Craig Simmons, the opener who top-scored with 155 - made more runs than the entire Kenyan team did.

273 - The highest partnership in a U-19 World Cup game. This was between New Zealand's Watling and Brad Wilson, in the 2004 edition against Scotland. Scotland have been at the receiving end of five of the seven highest partnerships in World Cup matches.

2 - The number of tied matches in U-19 World Cups. The first game was between Ireland and Namibia in the 2000 edition, while in 2002, the match between Bangladesh and Canada was tied.

4 - The number of World Cup finals that have been won by the team batting first, and by the team chasing, in the eight editions so far. The first four finals (1988 to 2002) were all won by the team chasing; however, the last four have all been won by the team batting first.

22 - The record tally for wickets in an U-19 World Cup. Bangladesh's Enamul Haque jnr took 22, at home, in the 2004 edition. Enamul's 22 wickets came at an average of 10.18 runs per wicket, and included one five-wicket and two four-wicket hauls.

7 - The most wickets in an innings by any bowler in U-19 World Cups. Two bowlers have achieved this feat: Sri Lanka's Jeevan Mendis took 7 for 19 against Zimbabwe in 2002, while Trent Boult of New Zealand took 7 for 20 against Malaysia in 2008.

7 - The least runs conceded in a ten-over spell in World Cup matches. Ranjan Das of Bangladesh had figures of 10-4-7-4 against Netherlands in Moratuwa in the 2000 edition. Two other bowlers have conceded less than ten in a complete spell: Imran Tahir, the legspinner who currently plays for South Africa, conceded nine in ten overs for Pakistan U-19s against Denmark in 1998, while Ryan McLaren of South Africa had figures of 10-4-9-4 against Canada in 2002.

For more stats on Under-19 ODIs, check out ESPNcricinfo's statsguru. For more Under-19 World Cup records, click here.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter