Glenn Maxwell took 51 deliveries to reach his century against West Indies. It was the second-quickest century in World Cup history and the fastest by an Australian in all ODIs. © Getty Images

Glenn Maxwell took 51 deliveries to reach his century against West Indies. It was the second-quickest century in World Cup history and the fastest by an Australian in all ODIs. © Getty Images

Over the past 30 days, we watched 14 teams play 42 matches, including a washout, in 14 different grounds across two countries and a few time zones. It was an intriguing final group match that decided the last spot for the knockout stage. The 14 teams became eight, by next week only four will remain and the week after just one will be left standing.

This has been a wonderful World Cup: many records fell by the wayside and new ones were made. There have been 35 centuries, including a double, seven five-wicket hauls, including a sevener and a hat-trick. For the first time since 1975, all four major Asian teams qualified for the last eight. At the start of the tournament, not many would have thought this was possible as most assumed that the subcontinent teams would struggle in the Australian and New Zealand conditions.

Here are some of the numbers of importance before the business end of the tournament begins.

Batting

99 The dot balls faced by Afghanistan’s Samiullah Shenwari during his 96 against Scotland in Dunedin, out of 147 balls faced; that’s 67.35% of the balls he faced.

57 Singles run by Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne during his unbeaten 139 against England in Wellington, out of 143 balls faced; that’s 39.86% of the balls he faced.

17 Doubles (twos) run by West Indian Chris Gayle during his 215 against Zimbabwe in Canberra, out of 147 balls that he faced; that’s 11.56% of the balls he faced.

6 Triples (threes) run by Pakistani’s Sarfraz Ahmed during his match-winning unbeaten 101 against Ireland in Adelaide, out of 124 balls that he faced; that’s 4.84% of the balls he faced.

22 Fours hit by Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan during his unbeaten 161 against Bangladesh at MCG, in 146 balls faced; that’s 15.07% of the balls he faced.

16 Sixes hit by West Indies’ Chris Gayle during his 215 against Zimbabwe in Canberra, out of 147 balls that he faced; that’s 10.88% of the balls he faced.

18 The number of balls New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum took to reach his fifty during his explosive knock of 77 in 25 balls against England in Wellington, making it the fastest fifty in World Cups.

113 The number of balls Afghanistan’s Samiullah Shenwari took to reach his fifty during his 96 against Scotland in Dunedin.

51 The number of balls Australia’s Glenn Maxwell took to reach his century against West Indies in Sydney during his 102. It was the second-quickest century in World Cup history and the fastest by an Australian in all ODIs.

143 The number of balls Marlon Samuels (133*) took to reach his century against Zimbabwe in Canberra.

7.69 The low percentage of dot balls faced by West Indies’ Andre Russell during his unbeaten 27 against Ireland in Nelson. He faced just a single dot ball from the 13 deliveries faced.

9.68 The low percentage of dot balls faced by South Africa’s Farhaan Behardien during his unbeaten 64 against UAE in Wellington. He faced just three dot balls from 31 deliveries.

10.61 The low percentage of dot balls faced by AB de Villiers during his unbeaten 162 against West Indies in Sydney. Only seven of the 66 deliveries he faced were dot balls.

88.89 The high percentage of dot balls faced by UAE’s Krishna Chandran Karate during his innings of 4 against India in Perth. All of 24 of his 27 balls were dot balls. In the remaining three, he took two singles and one double.

95.00 The percentage of dot balls faced by India’s Shikhar Dhawan during his innings of four against Zimbabwe in Auckland. He faced 20 balls during which he scored a boundary and the rest were dot balls.

100.00 The percentage of dot balls faced by David Miller during his duck in 13 balls against Pakistan in Auckland.

60.00 The high percentage of boundaries scored by Brendon McCullum in his 77 against England in Wellington. He hit eight fours and seven sixes in his 25 balls. He also faced seven dot balls and had three singles in his innings.

96.10 The percentage of runs scored in boundaries by Brendon McCullum in his 77 (25 balls) against England in Wellington. He made 74 runs in boundaries while hitting eight fours and seven sixes.

46 The number of balls faced by Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah without hitting a single boundary during his innings of 23 against Afghanistan in Canberra.

83.72 The high percentage of dot balls faced by UAE’s Mohammad Tauqir in his six World Cup games. Out of 43 balls, he didn’t score at all on 36.

77.48 The percentage of dot balls faced by UAE’s Andri Berenger in his six World Cup games. In 111 balls, he could not score in 86.

27.41 The low percentage of dot balls faced by Glenn Maxwell in his five World Cup games so far. In 135 balls, only 37 have been dot balls, while he has scored 257 runs.

190.37 The batting strike-rate of Glenn Maxwell in his five games so far. In 135 balls, he has scored 257 runs.

299 The number of dot balls faced by Afghanistan’s Samiullah Shenwari in his six games, which is 67.34% of the total balls he has faced (444).

156 The number of singles taken by Kumar Sangakkara in his six games, which is 37.59% of his total balls faced (415) so far.

32 The number of doubles (2s) taken by Sangakkara in six games so far, which is 7.71% of his total balls faced (415).

7 The number of threes (3s) run by Australian David Warner, England’s Ian Bell and New Zealand’s Martin Guptill.

54 The number of fours hit by Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara in his six games, which is 13.01% of his total balls faced (415 balls) so far.

20 The number of sixes hit by South African AB de Villiers in his six games, which is 6.92% of his total balls faced (289 balls) so far.

Bowling

50 The number of dot balls delivered by Marlon Samuels against UAE in Napier in his 10 overs (60 balls). His dot ball percentage is 83.33. In the remaining ten balls, he conceded 25 runs (4 fours, 4 singles, 1 two and 1 three).

4.17 The low percentage of dot balls delivered by UAE’s Khurram Khan against South Africa in Wellington. In his four overs (24 balls), he bowled just one dot ball while conceding 21 singles, one four and one six.

16.67 The low percentage of dot balls delivered by Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien against South Africa in Canberra. In his seven overs, he bowled just seven dot balls while conceding 13 singles, five twos, two threes, 12 fours and three sixes (including a no ball and six wides) i.e. 95 runs in 42 balls at 13.57 runs per over.

23.33 The low percentage of dot balls delivered by UAE’s Krishna Chandran Karate against Ireland in Brisbane. In his five overs (30 balls), Karate bowled just seven dot balls while conceding 14 singles, four twos and five fours.

88.89 The high percentage of dot balls delivered by England’s Chris Woakes against New Zealand in Wellington. In his three overs (18 balls), he bowled 16 dot balls and conceded two fours. Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan also had the same percentage against UAE in Napier. In his three overs (18 balls), he bowled 16 dot balls and conceded just two singles.

84.62 The percentage of dot balls (33) delivered by India’s Umesh Yadav in his 6.3 overs against UAE in Perth. In the remaining six balls, he conceded four singles and two fours.

83.33 The percentage of dot balls delivered by West Indian Marlon Samuels against UAE at Napier in his 10 overs (60 balls). In the remaining ten balls he conceded 25 runs (4 fours, 4 singles, 1 two & 1 three)

36 The number of singles conceded by Ireland’s Paul Stirling against South Africa in Canberra in his ten overs.

11 The number of twos conceded by both Andre Russell (9 overs) and Jason Holder (10 overs) against South Africa in Sydney.

4 The number of threes (3s) conceded by England’s Steven Finn against Australia in Melbourne in ten overs; Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien against UAE in Brisbane in 8 overs and West Indies’ Kemar Roach against India in Perth in his eight overs.

13 The number of fours conceded by Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed against Sri Lanka in Melbourne in his ten overs.

6 The number of sixes conceded by England’s Steven Finn against New Zealand in Wellington in his two overs and by West Indian Jason Holder against South Africa in Sydney in his ten overs.

49 The number of runs conceded by Finn against New Zealand in Wellington in just 12 balls. His sequence: 6 4 0 4 6 0 (20 runs) and 4 1 6 6 6 6 (29 runs). Brendon McCullum took 44 runs in ten balls, while Martin Guptill made five runs in two balls off Finn.

75.00 The percentage of balls that resulted in boundaries by England’s Steven Finn against New Zealand in Wellington. In just 12 balls he conceded nine boundaries – three fours and six sixes.

54 The number of balls bowled by Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga without conceding a single boundary against Scotland in Hobart in his nine-over spell. In 54 balls, he delivered 35 dots, 11 singles and eight doubles (also two wides) while conceding 29 runs.

9 The number of wides conceded by Scotland’s Josh Davey against England in Christchurch in his ten overs.

3 The number of no balls conceded by Lasith Malinga against New Zealand in Christchurch in his ten overs and by UAE’s Mohammad Naveed against South Africa in Wellington in his ten overs.

223 The number of dot balls delivered by New Zealand’s Trent Boult in his 56 overs in six games, which is 66.37% of the total balls (336) bowled by him.

120 The number of singles conceded by Shahid Afridi in his 53 overs in six games, which is 37.74% of the total balls (318) bowled by him.

29 The number of doubles conceded by Zimbabwe’s Tinashe Panyangara in his 55.4 overs, in six games, which is 8.68% of the total balls (334) bowled by him.

47 The number of fours (4s) conceded by Kevin O’Brien in his 49.5 overs, in six games, which is 15.72% of the total balls (299) bowled by him.

15 The number of sixes (6s) conceded by Tinashe Panyangara in his 55.4 overs, in six games, which is 4.49% of the total balls (334) bowled by him.

58 The number of boundaries conceded by Kevin O’Brien in his 49.5 overs, in six games, which is 19.40% of the total balls (299) bowled by him. He was hit for 11 sixes and 47 fours.

5.16 The average number of balls taken by Kevin O’Brien to concede a boundary in his 49.5 overs, in six games. In the 299 balls bowled by him, he has been hit for 58 boundaries (11 sixes and 47 fours).

6 The number of no-balls conceded by Zimbabwe’s Tendai Chatara in his 59.4 overs in six games. Interestingly, five of his no-balls were for height.

4 The number of free-hits conceded by Lasith Malinga in his six games so far. He, in fact, conceded these free hits in his first two games, where he conceded nine extra runs (2, 6, 1, 0) in these four balls.

Team

116 The runs made by New Zealand in the mandatory Power Play (1-10 overs) against England in Wellington.

72 The runs made by South Africa in the batting Power Play (36-40 overs) against West Indies in Sydney.

14 The runs made by Pakistan in the mandatory Power Play (1-10 overs) against Zimbabwe in Brisbane.

10 The runs made by Afghanistan in the batting Power Play (36-40 overs) against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.

306 The runs made by South Africa during the non- Power Play overs (35 overs) against West Indies in Sydney.

152 The runs made by West Indies during the final ten overs (41-50 overs) against Zimbabwe in Canberra.

490 The number of runs scored by all teams in the 48th over of the innings, the maximum so far.

323 The number of runs scored by all teams in the opening over of the innings, the fewest so far.

11.49 The average runs scored in the 50th over of the innings by all teams; the highest so far.

3.49 The average runs scored in the opening over of the innings by all teams, the lowest so far.

31 The number of wickets that fell in the 50th over of the innings, the most for any over.

4 The number of wickets that fell in the 15th over of the innings, the fewest so far.

34 The number of runs scored in a single over by AB de Villiers against Jason Holder in Sydney. It was the 48th over of the innings: Holder went for 4 nb6 2 nb4 4 4 2 6.

53.69 The percentage of dot balls faced (11594) and delivered so far in this tournament.

10.45 The percentage of boundaries hit so far in this tournament in 21593 balls (1865 fours, 388 sixes, three fives).

35.86 The percentage of runs scored in singles, twos and threes so far in this tournament in 21593 balls (6351 singles, 1208 twos, 184 threes).

1070 The number of dot balls faced by the UAE batsmen in their six games – the most by any team.

172 The number of fours hit by the Sri Lankan batsmen in their six games – the highest by any team.

52 The number of sixes hit by the West Indian batsmen in their six games – the highest by any team.

959 The number of dot balls delivered by the South African bowlers in their six games – the most by any team.

167 The number of fours conceded by the Sri Lankan bowlers in their six games – the most by any team.

52 The number of sixes conceded by the Zimbabwean bowlers in their six games – the most by any team.