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The week in numbers: w/e 18/3/12

Tendulkar finally completed his century of centuries after waiting for more than a year

100Sachin Tendulkar finally ended a run of 33 innings – over the space of 370 days – without a hundred to become the first batsman ever to hit 100 international centuries, scoring 114 in a one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka. However, Bangladesh won the match by five wickets.

3Wales completed their Six Nations campaign with a third Grand Slam in eight years after their 16-9 victory over France.

5 – Italy’s 13-6 victory over Scotland left them bottom of the Six Nations table having lost all five games.

16 – Big Buck’s tied Sir Ken’s record of 16 consecutive jumps victories by winning the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for a record fourth time.

23 – World number one Victoria Azarenka recorded her 23rd consecutive victory of 2012 as she defeated Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-3 to win the Indian Wells tournament.

6 – The number of world champions on the grid at the Australian Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamiltion, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen – the first time this has ever happened at a Formula 1 race.

Lucky 13 for Button (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

13 – McLaren’s Jenson Button won his 13th career grand prix in dominant fashion in Melbourne, ahead of reigning world champion Vettel and teammate Hamilton.

2Simon Gerrans won Milan-San Remo, the longest one-day race on the cycling calendar, to become only the second non-European (and second Australian) to win the race – a year after Matt Goss became the first to do so.

8Chelsea defeated Napoli 4-1 after extra time to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-4 aggregate win. They have scored the first goal in all eight of their games in the competition this season.

56 – Number of goals scored in the 16 matches of the Champions League round-of-16, shattering the previous record of 47 for this stage set in 2004/05 and equalled in 2009/10.

2 – Both Manchester teams, City and United, exited the Europa League against Iberian opposition. City beat Sporting Lisbon 3-2 on the night but went out on away goals after the tie finished 3-3 on aggregate. United lot 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao and 5-3 on aggregate.

4 Luke Donald regained the world number one spot from Rory McIlroy after winning a four-man playoff at the Transitions Championship in Florida.

1Dieter van Tornhout scored the only goal of the game as Kilmarnock shocked Celtic to win the Scottish League Cup final. It was the first time they have ever won the competition, having previously lost in the final on six occasions. It was also only Kilmarnock’s second win in their last 41 games against Celtic.

The Premier League and FA Cup in numbers

All football fans will wish Muamba well

23 – Age of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during the first half of their match with Tottenham. He suffered cardiac arrest and is currently in critical condition in intensive care in hospital. The match was immediately abandoned.

Steven Gerrard scored all three goals in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Everton to become the first player to score a hat-trick in a Merseyside derby since Ian Rush in 1986.

54 – There were just 54 seconds between Hatem Ben Arfa‘s opening goal and Robin van Persie‘s equaliser in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Vermaelen scored a vital late winner (image courtesy of arsenal.com)

95Thomas Vermaelen‘s 95th-minute goal was the latest ever winner scored by Arsenal in the Premier League era.

3Swansea‘s 3-0 win at Fulham was only the third time they have scored three goals in a top-flight away match, and the first since a 3-3 draw at West Brom in November 1982.

29Papiss Cisse scored the only goal to give Newcastle a 1-0 win over Norwich. The Canaries have now conceded in 29 consecutive away games, setting a Premier League record.

24Fernando Torres scored twice to end his 24-match scoring drought (lasting 151 days) as Chelsea advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals with a 5-2 win over Leicester.

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

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2 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 18/3/12

  1. It was a shame that Sachin’s 100th ton was an anticlimax in a loss, but he deserved to get it some time.

    Watch out for Virat Kohli now – he’s looking the full package.

    • Tim says:

      Indeed. The occasion really warranted a Test-winning century, but Tendulkar must have been delighted to get that increasingly heavy monkey off his back.

      Kohli’s an interesting one. He’s a fantastic striker of the ball and innings-builder in ODIs – an average of 51 and 11 centuries already – but has yet to produce consistently at Test level, where his average is in the low 30s (albeit after just eight matches). He could certainly develop into the next great Indian batsman.

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