2003 ICC World Cup WINNER
Australia
Year
2003
Runner up
India
Host
South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya
  • Most Runs
    Sachin Tendulkar
    673 runs
  • Most Wickets
    Chaminda Vaas
    23 wickets
  • Player of the series
    Sachin Tendulkar

Defending champions Australia beat India by 125 runs in the final to win back-to-back World Cup titles and their third World Cup.

Prior to this win, Allan Border-captained Australia won their first World Cup title in 1987, while Steve Waugh-led Australia won it in 1999.

Going into the 2003 World Cup, Australia were the favourites followed by a resurgent India led by Sourav Ganguly. But minnows Kenya coached by Sandip Patil surprised one and all by making it to the semi-final.

They defeated Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, while having a walkover victory over New Zealand.

Australia remained unbeaten throughout the World Cup winning all the 11 matches they played. India won nine matches and lost just two, both against eventual champions Australia.

Ganguly won the toss and invited Australia to bat. Following openers Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist's century stand, it was Ricky Ponting's unbeaten 140 and Damien Martyn's unbeaten 88 that took Australia to 359/2.

India were never in the run-chase as they were bundled out for 234 runs. Virender Sehwag contributed with 82 runs.

World Cup 2003 Points Table

No Teams P W L T NR Pts
1 Australia 3 3 0 0 0 24
2 India 3 3 0 0 0 20
3 Kenya 3 1 2 0 0 14
4 Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0 0 11.5
5 New Zealand 3 1 2 0 0 8
6 Zimbabwe 3 0 3 0 0 3.5

World Cup 2003 Matches

Feb 09 2003, Sun
South Africa Vs West Indies, Match 1
Newlands, Cape Town
275/9 - 278/5
West Indies beat South Africa by 3 runs
Feb 10 2003, Mon
Zimbabwe Vs Namibia, Match 2
Harare Sports Club, Harare
340/2 - 104/5
Zimbabwe beat Namibia by 86 runs (D/L method)
Feb 10 2003, Mon
New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka, Match 3
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
225/10 - 272/7
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 47 runs
Feb 11 2003, Tue
Australia Vs Pakistan, Match 4
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
310/8 - 228/10
Australia beat Pakistan by 82 runs
Feb 11 2003, Tue
Bangladesh Vs Canada, Match 5
Kingsmead, Durban
120/10 - 180/10
Canada beat Bangladesh by 60 runs
Feb 12 2003, Wed
South Africa Vs Kenya, Match 6
North-West University No1 Ground, Potchefstroom
142/0 - 140/10
South Africa beat Kenya by 10 wickets
Feb 12 2003, Wed
India Vs Netherlands, Match 7
Boland Park, Paarl
204/10 - 136/10
India beat Netherlands by 68 runs
Feb 13 2003, Thu
New Zealand Vs West Indies, Match 9
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
241/7 - 221/10
New Zealand beat West Indies by 20 runs
Feb 14 2003, Fri
Bangladesh Vs Sri Lanka, Match 10
City Oval, Pietermaritzburg
124/10 - 126/0
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 10 wickets
Feb 15 2003, Sat
Australia Vs India, Match 11
SuperSport Park, Centurion
128/1 - 125/10
Australia beat India by 9 wickets
Feb 15 2003, Sat
Canada Vs Kenya, Match 12
Newlands, Cape Town
197/10 - 198/6
Kenya beat Canada by 4 wickets
Feb 16 2003, Sun
England Vs Netherlands, Match 13
Buffalo Park, East London
144/4 - 142/9
England beat Netherlands by 6 wickets
Feb 16 2003, Sun
Namibia Vs Pakistan, Match 14
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
84/10 - 255/9
Pakistan beat Namibia by 171 runs
Feb 16 2003, Sun
South Africa Vs New Zealand, Match 15
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
306/6 - 229/1
New Zealand beat South Africa by 9 wickets (D/L method)
Feb 18 2003, Tue
Bangladesh Vs West Indies, Match 16
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
32/2 - 244/9
Match Abandoned
Feb 19 2003, Wed
Zimbabwe Vs India, Match 17
Harare Sports Club, Harare
172/10 - 255/7
India beat Zimbabwe by 83 runs
Feb 19 2003, Wed
Canada Vs Sri Lanka, Match 18
Boland Park, Paarl
36/10 - 37/1
Sri Lanka beat Canada by 9 wickets
Feb 19 2003, Wed
England Vs Namibia, Match 19
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
272/10 - 217/9
England beat Namibia by 55 runs
Feb 20 2003, Thu
Australia Vs Netherlands, Match 20
North-West University No1 Ground, Potchefstroom
170/2 - 122/10
Australia beat Netherlands by 75 runs (D/L method)
Feb 22 2003, Sat
South Africa Vs Bangladesh, Match 22
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
109/0 - 108/10
South Africa beat Bangladesh by 10 wickets
Feb 22 2003, Sat
England Vs Pakistan, Match 23
Newlands, Cape Town
246/8 - 134/10
England beat Pakistan by 112 runs
Feb 23 2003, Sun
Canada Vs West Indies, Match 24
SuperSport Park, Centurion
202/10 - 206/3
West Indies beat Canada by 7 wickets
Feb 23 2003, Sun
India Vs Namibia, Match 25
City Oval, Pietermaritzburg
311/2 - 130/10
India beat Namibia by 181 runs
Feb 24 2003, Mon
Kenya Vs Sri Lanka, Match 26
Nairobi Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi
210/9 - 157/10
Kenya beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs
Feb 24 2003, Mon
Zimbabwe Vs Australia, Match 27
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
246/9 - 248/3
Australia beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets
Feb 25 2003, Tue
Netherlands Vs Pakistan, Match 28
Boland Park, Paarl
156/10 - 253/9
Pakistan beat Netherlands by 97 runs
Feb 26 2003, Wed
Bangladesh Vs New Zealand, Match 29
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
198/7 - 199/3
New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets
Feb 26 2003, Wed
England Vs India, Match 30
Kingsmead, Durban
168/10 - 250/9
India beat England by 82 runs
Feb 27 2003, Thu
Australia Vs Namibia, Match 31
North-West University No1 Ground, Potchefstroom
301/6 - 45/10
Australia beat Namibia by 256 runs
Feb 27 2003, Thu
South Africa Vs Canada, Match 32
Buffalo Park, East London
254/8 - 136/5
South Africa beat Canada by 118 runs
Feb 28 2003, Fri
Zimbabwe Vs Netherlands, Match 33
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
301/8 - 202/9
Zimbabwe beat Netherlands by 99 runs
Feb 28 2003, Fri
Sri Lanka Vs West Indies, Match 34
Newlands, Cape Town
228/6 - 222/9
Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 6 runs
Mar 01 2003, Sat
Bangladesh Vs Kenya, Match 35
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
185/10 - 217/7
Kenya beat Bangladesh by 32 runs
Mar 01 2003, Sat
India Vs Pakistan, Match 36
SuperSport Park, Centurion
276/4 - 273/7
India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets
Mar 02 2003, Sun
Australia Vs England, Match 37
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
208/8 - 204/8
Australia beat England by 2 wickets
Mar 03 2003, Mon
Canada Vs New Zealand, Match 38
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
196/10 - 197/5
New Zealand beat Canada by 5 wickets
Mar 03 2003, Mon
Namibia Vs Netherlands, Match 39
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
250/10 - 314/4
Netherlands beat Namibia by 64 runs
Mar 03 2003, Mon
South Africa Vs Sri Lanka, Match 40
Kingsmead, Durban
229/6 - 268/9
Sri Lanka tied with South Africa (D/L Method)
Mar 04 2003, Tue
Zimbabwe Vs Pakistan, Match 41
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
/ - 73/3
Match Abandoned
Mar 04 2003, Tue
Kenya Vs West Indies, Match 42
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
104/10 - 246/7
West Indies beat Kenya by 142 runs
Mar 07 2003, Fri
Australia Vs Sri Lanka, Super - Match 1
SuperSport Park, Centurion
319/5 - 223/9
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 96 runs
Mar 07 2003, Fri
India Vs Kenya, Super - Match 2
Newlands, Cape Town
226/4 - 225/6
India beat Kenya by 6 wickets
Mar 08 2003, Sat
Zimbabwe Vs New Zealand, Super - Match 3
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
252/7 - 253/4
New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
Mar 10 2003, Mon
India Vs Sri Lanka, Super - Match 4
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
292/6 - 109/10
India beat Sri Lanka by 183 runs
Mar 11 2003, Tue
Australia Vs New Zealand, Super - Match 5
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
208/9 - 112/10
Australia beat New Zealand by 96 runs
Mar 12 2003, Wed
Zimbabwe Vs Kenya, Super - Match 6
Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
133/10 - 135/3
Kenya beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets
Mar 14 2003, Fri
India Vs New Zealand, Super - Match 7
SuperSport Park, Centurion
150/3 - 146/10
India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets
Mar 15 2003, Sat
Zimbabwe Vs Sri Lanka, Super - Match 8
Buffalo Park, East London
182/10 - 256/5
Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 74 runs
Mar 15 2003, Sat
Australia Vs Kenya, Super - Match 9
Kingsmead, Durban
178/5 - 174/8
Australia beat Kenya by 5 wickets
Mar 18 2003, Tue
Australia Vs Sri Lanka, 1st Semi Final
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
212/7 - 123/7
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 48 runs (D/L Method)
Mar 20 2003, Thu
India Vs Kenya, 2nd Semi Final
Kingsmead, Durban
270/4 - 179/10
India beat Kenya by 91 runs
Mar 23 2003, Sun
Australia Vs India, Final
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
359/2 - 234/10
Australia beat India by 125 runs
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