At Potchefstroom, February 27, 2003. Australia won by 256 runs. Toss: Australia.
As expected, this was the biggest mismatch of the tournament: Namibia's collection of part-timers against the world's best. Australia thundered to a forbidding 301, led by Hayden's ruthless 88, but even he was eclipsed by Lehmann, who began the last over on 22 and ended it by launching a soaring leg-side six to bring up his fifty. Van Vuuren had gone for 28 - the most expensive over in World Cup history. More history followed soon afterwards, when Namibia were bowled out in 14 overs and lost by 256 runs - the heaviest defeat in one-day internationals. Only Deon Kotze (plus Extras) made it into double figures. By doing little more than bowling accurately, McGrath took seven for 15, another World Cup record, beating Winston Davis's seven for 51 at Headingley in 1983, and the second-best in any one-day international. Afterwards he nonchalantly claimed that he had bowled better earlier in the tournament. "I'll feel better when I take eight against England," he added. Eight months later, Namibia would lose to Australia by a record 142-0 in a rugby World Cup game held, appropriately enough for a cricket score, at the Adelaide Oval. Van Vuuren, though in the rugby squad, managed to escape playing in that.
Man of the Match: G. D. McGrath. Attendance: 5,966.