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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 March, 2003, 12:09 GMT
Vaas smashes bowling record
Chaminda Vaas
Vaas easily broke the previous best of 20 in a World Cup
Sri Lankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas has broken the record for the number of wickets in an individual World Cup.

Vaas removed the wicket of Ricky Ponting in the semi-final on Tuesday to break the previous highest tally of 20, held by New Zealand's Geoff Allott and Australian Shane Warne in 1999.

The 28-year-old ended with figures of three for 34 to take his tally to 23 wickets for the tournament.

"I bowled very well in my first spell," said Vaas, who also added the wickets of Matthew Hayden and Ian Harvey as Australia were reduced to 212 for seven.

"I managed to find the right spot and then the spinners took over. Between us, we kept it very tight in the first 15 overs."

Vaas has been in electric form throughout the tournament.

He recorded the first ever World Cup hat-trick off the first three balls of a match when he ripped through Bangladesh's top order.

And he may not be the only one to break the record.

Australia's Glenn McGrath has 17 wickets so far, and India's Javagal Srinath is on 15, with a semi-final against Kenya to come.





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