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Stats Analysis

Dominant in every aspect

Stats highlights from Australia's convincing victory in the final of the 2013 Women's World Cup

S Rajesh
S Rajesh
Australians with their World Cup trophy, Australia v West Indies, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai, February 17, 2013

Australia have won six out of the ten World Cups held so far  •  AFP

  • Australia's 114-run win fetched them their sixth World Cup win - they'd also won in 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, and 2005. (In 1978 the tournament format didn't have a final. Instead, each of the four teams played the others, and the team with the most wins was the winner.) The only final Australia lost was in 2000, when New Zealand won a tight contest by four runs. Of the ten World Cups played, Australia have won six, England three, and New Zealand one.
  • The margin of 114 runs is the largest, in terms of runs, in a World Cup final. The previous highest was 98, when Australia beat India in Centurion in 2005. (In the first two editions, in 1973 and 1978, there were no finals; all teams played each other in a round-robin format, and the team with most points were declared winners. As it turned out, the last match in each tournament was also virtually the final, as it involved the top two teams.)
  • Australia's total of 259 is the highest in World Cup finals; the previous best was also by Australia - 215 for 4 in the 2005 final against India in Centurion.
  • Of the nine 50-plus scores in World Cup finals, Australia account for seven, including the only century scored in finals. There were two 50-plus scores for Australia in the 2013 final (Jess Cameron scored 75 and Rachael Haynes 52), the second time a team has had two such scores in a final. Not surprisingly, both instances are by Australia.
  • There were eight 250-plus scores in the 2013 World Cup, the most in a single tournament. The previous highest was six, in 1997, when the tournament was again hosted in India. In the 2009 edition there were four such scores, and in 2005 only two.
  • For the first time in a World Cup, the overall run-rate for the tournament exceeded four - it was 4.27 over the 25 matches that were played. It was an 18% improvement over the previous best of 3.62, which was also when India hosted the tournament, in 1997.
  • There were 67 sixes and 1066 fours struck in the tournament - both records for a single World Cup tournament. The earlier record for sixes was 47, in 2009, while the most fours struck before this World Cup were 860, in 2000 in New Zealand.
  • Deandra Dottin's 12 sixes in the tournament is easily the best in a World Cup. The second-best is seven, by New Zealand's Sophie Devine, also in this year's tournament. Three of the top four such performances have been in the 2013 tournament.
  • S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter