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The week in numbers: w/e 26/2/12

Pietersen bagged a brace of centuries in the one-dayers against Pakistan

4Kevin Pietersen hit 130 as England won the fourth one-day international against Pakistan by four wickets to complete a series whitewash. England batsmen scored centuries in each match, with Pietersen and captain Alastair Cook registering two each.

2Liverpool won the Carling Cup 3-2 on penalties after the game finished 2-2 in extra time (1-1 after 90 minutes). But it wasn’t a good day for the Gerrard family. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard saw the opening spot-kick of the shootout saved, while cousin Anthony missed the target with the final penalty.

45 – Including extra time, Liverpool had 45 shots in the game, an average of one every 160 seconds.

20Wales secured their 20th Triple Crown with a dramatic 19-12 Six Nations win at Twickenham to follow their previous wins over Ireland and Scotland. Scott Williams scored the only try of the game with five minutes left, but England’s David Strettle had a last-gasp try controversially ruled out as officials decided he had not grounded the ball.

1 – Wins for Scotland in their last eight Six Nations matches after losing 23-17 to France at Murrayfield. They have lost all three games to date in this year’s tournament.

McIlroy would have taken over as world number one with victory in the WGC Match Play final (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – World ranking of golfer Rory McIlory, who missed out on the opportunity to overtake Luke Donald at the top of the men’s rankings by losing the WGC Match Play final to Hunter Mahan. Mahan jumped 13 places to a career-high ranking of nine as a result of his 2&1 victory.

21Real Madrid‘s 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano equalled the La Liga record of 21 wins in the first 24 matches of a season. Only Real in 1960/1 and Barcelona last season have previously achieved this feat.

3 – On the opening weekend of the spring Classics season, world champion Mark Cavendish won the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne race in Belgium despite being ill during the race. It was his third victory of 2012, having already won two stages at the Tour of Qatar.

18Sergio Aguero opened the scoring after just 18 seconds as Manchester City beat Porto 4-0 in the second leg of their Europa League tie to reach the last 16 with a 6-1 aggregate victory. It was the second-fastest goal in the young history of the Europa League.

2Manchester United have now lost both games this season in which the Da Silva brothers Fabio and Rafael have started together. Having previously lost to Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup, they lost 2-1 to Ajax at Old Trafford in the Europa League. Nonetheless they progressed to the last 16 with a 3-2 aggregate win.

5.01 – Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world indoor pole vault record of 5.01m at the XL Galan meeting in Stockholm, improving her own record by 1cm. She also holds the outdoor record at 5.06m.

The Premier League in numbers

Giggs scored in the 90th minute of his 900th United appearance

900Ryan Giggs marked his 900th match for Manchester United by scoring a last-minute winner as Manchester United won 2-1 at Norwich.

6Arsenal came from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham 5-2 at the Emirates Stadium. It was the sixth time they have come from two goals down to win in the Premier League, tying Manchester United and Spurs themselves for the most wins of this type.

7Tottenham have now lost seven games after being two or more goals up, more than any other team in Premier League history.

11 – Arsenal’s win ended a streak of 11 Premier League games without a win in matches refereed by Mike Dean.

6Manchester City‘s 3-0 win over Blackburn made them the sixth different club to win 18 consecutive top-flight home matches in a row.

11Wigan‘s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa means they have now failed to win any of their last 11 home league games (five draws, six defeats).

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, StatManJon and Infostrada.)

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