Australia v New Zealand, Super Eights, Grenada

New Zealand suffer under Hayden onslaught

S Rajesh and HR Gopalakrishna

April 20, 2007

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Once Hayden got going New Zealand didn't stand a chance © Getty Images
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Throughout this tournament, Matthew Hayden has bludgeoned the new-ball bowlers and it was no different against New Zealand in Grenada. A Shane Bond-less attack didn't have a chance on a flat surface, as Hayden powered his way to his third century of the tournament and became only the third batsman, after Mark Waugh and Sourav Ganguly, to achieve the feat in a World Cup. The result was a resounding 215-run defeat for New Zealand, their heaviest in an ODI. The previous worst drubbing was by 189 runs, against Sri Lanka earlier this year at Auckland.

The Numbers Game column on Friday analysed the manner in which Hayden has been so successful in dominating bowlers in the first ten overs. Before this match he had scored 92 runs from 99 balls without being dismissed. Today, he raced to 38 off 35 balls by the tenth over, by which time Australia were 77 for 1. From there New Zealand didn't have a chance.

Hayden striding down the track and cracking the ball over mid-on is perhaps one of the most intimidating sights in cricket, and New Zealand were at the receiving end time and again. It wasn't that they bowled poorly, but the good-length deliveries were smashed with such regularity that any team would have been demoralised. In all, Hayden scored 63 of his 103 in the V between mid-off and mid-on, another clear indication that it was a typical Hayden knock.

The length that New Zealand bowled to Hayden
Length Balls Runs 4s/ 6s Run rate
Full length 14 16 2/ 0 6.86
Good length 83 84 8/ 2 6.07
Short 3 3 0/ 0 6.00

The one bowler who managed to exercise some control on proceedings was Jeetan Patel, who conceded just 48 runs from ten overs, took two wickets, and restricted Hayden to 14 runs from 18 deliveries. He bowled four of his overs during the Powerplays and conceded just 18, and then came back on for three more after the 40th, in which he went for 13 runs and took a wicket. That's seven overs under intense pressure, for only 31 runs and a wicket. Unfortunately there wasn't much else that went right for New Zealand.

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  • Hayden became the first batsman to complete 500 runs in this tournament. His aggregate is now 580, and he needs 94 to past Sachin Tendulkar's 2003 record of 673, which is the most number of runs in a single World Cup.

  • Hayden's 103 is the 100th century in World Cups. The 50th was also by an Australian against New Zealand, when Mark Waugh made 110 at Chennai in the 1996 quarter-final.

  • The 137-run stand between Hayden and Ricky Ponting is Australia's second-best for the second wicket in World Cup matches, next only to the 144 that Trevor Chappell and Kim Hughes added against India in 1983.

  • Shane Watson's 28-ball 50 is the fastest for Australia in World Cups, equalling Tom Moody's feat against Bangladesh in 1999.

  • Australia's 348 for 6 is the highest total against New Zealand in World Cups, and only the third time in these tournaments that a team has scored more than 300 against them. England (322 for 6 at The Oval in 1983) and South Africa (306 for 6 at Johannesburg in 2003) are the other teams to achieve this feat. Australia now have 13 300-plus scores in World Cups, and five in this edition, which are both records.

  • Glenn McGrath increased his wickets tally to 22, which equals the record for the most number by an Australian in a single World Cup. Brett Lee had earlier taken 22 wickets in the 2003 edition. McGrath is only one short of Chaminda Vaas's record for most wickets in a single World Cup.

  • Brad Hogg and Shaun Tait improved their hauls to 19, which puts them in joint second along with Muttiah Muralitharan. Hogg is also the second bowler - after Farveez Maharoof - with two four-wicket collections.

  • This was Australia's 657th ODI, which is the most by any team and one more than Pakistan's aggregate. They have now won 21 World Cup games in a row.

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    S Rajesh Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.
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