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13 February 201516:31

2007 Cricket World Cup – In Numbers

As part of a daily series continuing the countdown to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, we look back at all 10 World Cups so far and their key numbers

2007 Cricket World Cup – In Numbers - Cricket News

Australia beat Sri Lanka in a rain-affected final to successfully defend the crown it had won in both previous editions.

The ninth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup was held between March 13 and April 28 in 2007. A total of 16 teams, the most number of participants at a World Cup, played across eight venues in the West Indies, with Australia beating Sri Lanka by 53 runs in a rain-affected final at the Kensington Oval at Bridgetown in Barbados to successfully defend the crown it had won in both previous editions. The match is remembered for Adam Gilchrist's spectacular century, a 104-ball 149, in which he smashed 13 fours and 8 sixes, giving Australia a hat-trick of wins on the trot and its fourth World Cup trophy overall.

Among the memorable moments the tournament provided, Herschelle Gibbs hit six sixes in an over for South Africa against the Netherlands and Lasith Malinga claiming four wickets in four balls for Sri Lanka against South Africa.

Matches: 51

Total Runs Scored: 21333 runs

Total Wickets Taken: 722 wickets

Highest Run Scorers

Matthew Hayden (Australia) (659 runs in 11 matches)
Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka) (548 runs in 11 matches)
Ricky Ponting (Australia) (539 runs in 11 matches)
Scott Styris (New Zealand) (499 runs in 10 matches)
Jacques Kallis (South Africa) (485 runs in 10 matches)

Highest Wicket Takers

Glenn McGrath (Australia) (26 wickets in 11 matches)
Muttiah Muralidharan (Sri Lanka) (23 wickets in 10 matches)
Shaun Tait (Australia) (23 wickets in 11 matches)
Brad Hogg (Australia) (21 wickets in 11 matches)
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) (18 wickets in 8 matches)

Highest Scores

Imran Nazir (160 for Pakistan against Zimbabwe in Kingston)
Matthew Hayden (158 for Australia against West Indies in North Sound)
Adam Gilchrist (149 for Australia against Sri Lanka in Bridgetown)
AB de Villiers (146 for South Africa against West Indies in St George's)
Jacques Kallis (128 not out for South Africa against Netherlands at Basseterre)

Best Bowling Figures

Andrew Hall (5 for 18 for South Africa against England in Bridgetown)
Charl Langeveldt (5 for 39 for South Africa against Sri Lanka in Providence, Georgetown)
Andre Nel (5 for 45 for South Africa against Bangladesh in Providence, Georgetown)
Nathan Bracken (4 for 19 for Australia against Sri Lanka in St George's)
Muttiah Muralidharan (4 for 19 for Sri Lanka against Ireland in St George's)