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Some statistical highlights from the Australia vs. Scotland and Canada vs. Kenya matches played in the World Cup on Wednesday:

Australia's 203-run triumph over Scotland is the second biggest victory margin (in terms of runs) in World Cup history, next only to its 256-run win over Namibia at Potchefstroom in 2003.

Australia (334 for six) registered its second successive score of 300 plus in the World Cup. It had scored 359 for two in the 2003 final against India.

Ricky Ponting became the second Australian, after Mark Waugh, to aggregate 1000 runs in WC. He also became the leading run-getter for Australia in the World Cup, surpassing Mark Waugh's aggregate of 1004.

Ponting is the sixth batsman to have amassed 1000 runs in the World Cup. The others, apart from Mark Waugh, are Sachin Tendulkar (1732), Javed Miandad (1083), Aravinda de Silva (1064) and Vivian Richards (1013).

Ponting (528 in 11 innings) became the fourth to aggregate 500 runs as captain in the World Cup, joining India's Mohd. Azharuddin (636 in 23 matches), Pakistan's Imran Khan (615 in 22) and New Zealand's Stephen Fleming (529 in 17).

Ponting, with five sixes in the innings, took his tally to 24, which is a WC record, eclipsing Sourav Ganguly's tally of 23.

Most centuries

Ponting, with his fourth century in the WC, has emulated the joint record held by Mark Waugh, Tendulkar and Ganguly. With three centuries as captain, he has emulated Ganguly's feat of three centuries as skipper.

Ponting, with 23 ODI hundreds, has overtaken Ganguly's tally of 22 centuries and equalled Sanath Jayasuriya's tally of 23. Only Tendulkar (41) has more centuries than him.

Ponting's 85-ball hundred is the fastest by an Australian in the WC.

Ponting has now recorded back-to-back centuries in the WC. In his previous innings, the 2003 final against India, Ponting had made an unbeaten 140.

Biggest win

On Wednesday, Kenya equalled its biggest win in terms of wickets in the WC. It had defeated Zimbabwe by the same margin in 2003.

After its win over Bangladesh in 2003, Canada has lost six WC games in succession. Steve Tikolo has recorded three fifties in succession in the World Cup, the other two being 51 against Australia and 56 against India (both in 2003).

Tikolo is now the most capped player (21) for Kenya in World Cups, overtaking Kennedy Otieno and Martin Suji's feat of 20 appearances.

Tikolo became the first Kenyan to aggregate 2500 runs in ODIs in 92 matches. PTI

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