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26th April 2003: Jacques Rudolph's Double On Debut

Cricketnext Staff |April 26, 2019, 12:41 AM IST
26th April 2003: Jacques Rudolph's Double On Debut

On April 26, exactly 16 years to this day, South Africa's Jacques Rudolph became the fifth batsman to score a double century on debut.

Rudolph achieved the feat during the first Test against Bangladesh at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.

Having bowled out the home side for 173 in the first innings, the tourists were in trouble at 41 for 2 before Rudolph stitched a 429-run stand with Boeta Dippenaar (177 not out) for the third wicket. The partnership is also the highest by a South African pair for any wicket.

Rudolph batted more than eight and a half hours in steamy Chittagong, played 383 balls and scored 222 runs. He smashed 2 sixes and 29 boundaries in his marathon innings which took his side to 470/2 dec.

South Africa crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 60 runs as Paul Adams wrapped up the game taking a five-wicket haul.

Interestingly, the game had four debutants, three for the away side in JA Rudolph, AC Dawson and CM Willoughby while Mohammad Salim made his debut for the home side.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
2
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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