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Bishen Singh Bedi\'s figures of 12 overs, 6 runs conceded, 1 wicket taken against East Africa at Leeds, was the most economical figures recorded in ODIs at the time (5 overs or more), and this record stood for almost 17 years until it was broken by Dermot Reeve in the 1992 World Cup against Pakistan, in a match which ultimately ended without a result. .
The first match of the 1979 World Cup ended in an easy 9 wicket win for the West Indies against India, with Gordon Greenidge scoring a hundred. However, this match was significant as this was the first time the legendary West Indies pace quartet of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft ever featured in an ODI together. .
The 1983 World Cup was the first time a World Cup match was held outside England. The St Helen\'s Rugby and Cricket Ground, Swansea, Wales hosted the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka group stage match during this edition. The match was won by Pakistan by 50 runs.
The 1987 World Cup was the first one played in the 50 over per side format. It was also the first time the subcontinent hosted a World Cup. Pakistan and Sri Lanka had played the first World Cup match outside England in 1983 (in Wales), and they also played the first World Cup match in Asia at Hyderabad in Sindh, Pakistan. .
The two highest team totals in the 1992 World Cup were both recorded during the same match, as Sri Lanka successfully chased down a target of 313 set by Zimbabwe at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth. No other 300 plus totals were recorded in the tournament. This was also the first time a side successfully chased down a 300 plus total in ODI cricket. .
Shaukat Dukanwala of the United Arab Emirates became the first bowler from an associate nation (without Test match status) to take a 5 wicket haul in a World Cup match. His haul of 5 for 29 against another associate nation, Netherlands played a key role in the United Arab Emirates\' 7 wicket victory. .
The two highest individual scores in the 1999 World Cup were both recorded in the same innings. At Taunton against Sri Lanka, Sourav Ganguly set the record for the highest World Cup score by an Indian with 183. He was ably supported by Rahul Dravid who made 145. The 3rd highest score in the tournament was also by an Indian: Sachin Tendulkar with 140 against Kenya at Bristol. .
Australia had a dominant 2003 World Cup winning all of their 11 matches. However, 3 cricketers received Man of the Match awards for their sterling performances against Australia. Andy Blignaut of Zimbabwe for his 54 off 28 balls, Shane Bond of New Zealand for his haul of 6 for 23 and Asif Karim of Kenya for remarkable figures of 3 for 7 in 8.2 overs. .
Only three 5 wicket hauls were taken in the 2007 World Cup, all by bowlers from South Africa. For all of them, Andrew Hall (5 for 18 against England), Charl Langeveldt (5 for 39 against Sri Lanka) and Andre Nel (5 for 45 against Bangladesh), it turned out to be their respective career best ODI bowling figures. .
Yuvraj Singh became the first and so far only cricketer to score a half century and take a 5 wicket haul in the same World Cup match, when he scored 50 and took a haul of 5 for 31 against Ireland in the 2011 World Cup. He was the 3rd Indian to achieve the feat in ODIs after Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Sourav Ganguly. .
A total of 463 sixes were hit during the 2015 World Cup. Chris Gayle alone hit 26 sixes. To give some perspective, the 1975 edition had a total of 28 sixes and the most number of sixes hit in a single innings by an individual was 2 (by Chris Old, Glenn Turner, Frank Hayes and Clive Lloyd). .