WC 2003 - Vaas becomes highest wicket-taker in a World Cup

Published: Saturday, February 8, 2003, 22:16 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: Sri Lanka paceman Chaminda Vaas set a new World Cup bowling record on Tuesday to put his team in sight of a place in the final.

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Vaas finished with 3 for 34 as defending champion Australia was restricted to 212 for 7 in their semi-final clash at St George's Park.The left-armer took his tally for the tournament to 23, beating the previous best of 20 held jointly by New Zealand's Geoff Allott and Shane Warne of Australia in 1999."I bowled very well in my first spell," said Vaas, who gave his team a flying start by dismissing Matthew Hayden and Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.

"I managed to find the right spot and then the spinners took over. Between us, we kept it very tight in the first fifteen overs."To keep them down to 212 should give us a great chance of winning. We have eight batsmen in the side and if they get their heads down, we can do it."

Most wickets in a single World Cup:23 Chaminda Vaas (SRI) 2003
20 Geoff Allott (NZL) 1999
20 Shane Warne (AUS) 1999
18 Roger Binny (IND) 1983
18 Craig McDermott (AUS) 1987
18 Wasim Akram (PAK) 1992
18 Glenn McGrath (AUS) 1999
17 Asantha De Mel
17 Madan Lal (IND) 1983
17 Imran Khan (PAK) 1987
17 Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK) 1999
17 Lance Klusener (RSA) 1999
17 Glenn McGrath (AUS) 2003
17 Muthiah Muralitharan (SRI) 2003
17 Brett Lee (AUS) 2003
17 Shane Bond (NZL) 2003
Copyright AFP 2001

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