>> This was the most talked-up match of the 2003 World Cup. All tickets for this clash at the Centurion were sold out months in advance. This was the first India-Pakistan clash since June 2000. The match was viewed by billions on television. March 1 was also a bank holiday in India.
>> Chasing 274 for victory, Sachin Tendulkar faced Shoaib Akhtar in the second over of the innings. Shoaib bowled the fourth ball short and slightly outside the off-stump. Judging it perfectly, Tendulkar cut it over backward point for six. The next two balls received a more traditional bashing as Tendulkar smashed the next two balls to the ropes in a more orthodox way.
>> Struggling with cramp, Tendulkar went on to score 98 off 75 balls. Twenty two of those came in 12 balls from Akhtar and 27 came in 13 balls from Waqar Younis.
>> Captain Waqar had the worst economy rate (8.19) among the Pakistani bowlers — 71 in just 8.4 overs, claiming two wickets.
>> Opener Saeed Anwar was the highest run-scorer of the match — 101 off 126 balls.
>> The main focus of the game was the initial fireworks by Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. They added 53 off 34 balls for the opening wicket.
>> India’s first 50 came in just 29 balls while the second fifty was scored in 38 balls.
>> Tendulkar and Mohammad Kaif added 102 runs in just 95 balls for the third wicket with the run-rate of 6.44.
>> Rahul Dravid added 99 for the fifth wicket with Yuvraj Singh to guide India home.
>> Off the 549 runs that were scored by both teams, 55 came in extras.