Australia vs Sri Lanka Final ICC Cricket World Cup 2007


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Australia vs Sri Lanka at Barbados

World Cup Final, AUS vs SL: Australia lift World Cup 2007

Australia Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Australia lifted the World Cup trophy for a record third successive time after claiming victory over Sri Lanka in a rain-shortened final on Saturday.
Adam Gilchrist smashed 149, the highest individual score in a World Cup final to propel Australia to 281-4 from their allotted 38 overs before the champions restricted Sri Lanka to 215, thereby winning by a margin of 53 runs (D/L method). Sri Lanka, champions in 1996, were set a revised target of 269 off 36 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain halted play for 12 minutes during their run chase. Reported Earlier:Australia made 281 for four in a rain-truncated 38 overs match against Sri Lanka in the 2007 Cricket World Cup final at the Kensington Oval, Barbados on Saturday.
Australia got off to a ballistic start as Adam Gilchrist came good with the bat and smashed his 15th ODI hundred off just 72 balls after skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. He put on 172 runs for the opening wicket with Matthew Hayden before the latter was dismissed by Lasith Malinga. Mahela Jayawardene held on to a good catch at cover to send back Hayden. He made just 38 off 55 deliveries while his partner plundered at the other end.
Gilchrist cut, pull and drove savagely. He was in such fine nick that even his mistimed shots cleared the ropes. He put on 52 runs with Ponting before a top edge landed in the palms of Chamara Silva. The much tormented Dilhara Fernando was the successful bowler. Gilchrist played 104 balls and hit 13 boundaries and eight sixes. The match started after an almost three-hour delay due to rain and has been reduced to a 38-over-a-side contest. Three bowlers will be allowed to bowl eight overs each, while two will be allowed seven each. The third power play will not come into effect. Reported Earlier:Australia captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat first in the rain-delayed World Cup final at Barbados. Reported Earlier: Early morning rain has delayed start of the 2007 Cricket World Cup final between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Kensington Oval, Barbados on Saturday.
Groundstaff pulled the covers on as rain clouds drifted over the ground from the east of the Caribbean island. Weather forecasts predicted showers and sunny periods over Bridgetown throughout the day.
Reigning champions Australia will be eyeing their third consecutive World Cup title, while the Lankans will be hoping to stop the Aussie juggernaut. The two teams had met in the 1996 finals where the Lankans had defeated the Aussies for their maiden World Cup title. Australia team: M L Hayden, A C Gilchrist, R T Ponting, M J Clarke, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, S R Watson, G B Hogg, S W Tait, G D McGrath, N W Bracken Sri Lanka team : S T Jayasuriya, W U Tharanga, K C Sangakkara, D P M D Jayawardene, L P C Silva, T M Dilshan, R P Arnold, W P U J C Vaas, C R D Fernando, S L Malinga, M Muralitharan
World Cup Final, Barbados: Australia 281 for 4 (38.0 overs) beat Sri Lanka 215 for 8 (36.0 overs) by 53 runs (D/L)

World Cup Final, AUS vs SL: Glenn McGrath aims to bounce Jayasuriya

Australia Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Australian war-horse Glenn McGrath has declared that he will have one final crack at his old rival Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka as the two face off in the World Cup final on Saturday at Barbados.
McGrath, the tournaments leading wicket-taker with 25 scalps believes Jayasuriya will not enjoy the steep bounce of the Barbados pitch.
The great Australian paceman, 37, is set to finish his career as the outstanding bowler of the tournament, and in tormenting South Africa with the new ball in Wednesday's semi-final, broke the record for the most wickets in a single World Cup. His battle with Jayasuriya, the marauding opener with the potential to take the game away from any attack, looms as a crucial duel in the final.
The Australians have always believed Jayasuriya is vulnerable to fast, short-pitched bowling, and his arm was broken by a rising Brett Lee delivery at the 2003 World Cup. Though the express pace of Shaun Tait might seem more dangerous, McGrath said his sharp bounce had troubled Jayasuriya in the past, and he was looking forward to reprising their long rivalry at Kensington Oval, which has the fastest and bounciest pitch in the Caribbean.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Final

Scorecard

Australia won the toss and decided to bat
281 for 4 (38.0 overs)
215 for 8 (36.0 overs)

Australia Innings
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
A C Gilchrist c L P C Silva b C R D Fernando
149
104 13 8
M L Hayden c D P M D Jayawardene b S L Malinga
38
55 3 1
R T Ponting run out
 
37
42 1 1
A Symonds not out
 
23
21 2 0
S R Watson
 
b S L Malinga
3
3 0 0
M J Clarke not out
 
8
6 1 0
Extras
 
3nb 16w 4lb 23
 
Total
 
for 4 281 (38.0 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
W P U J C Vaas 8.0 0 54 0
S L Malinga 8.0 1 49 2
C R D Fernando 8.0 0 74 1
M Muralitharan 7.0 0 44 0
T M Dilshan 2.0 0 23 0
S T Jayasuriya 5.0 0 33 0
Fall of wicket
 
172 M L Hayden
224 A C Gilchrist
261 R T Ponting
266 S R Watson

Sri Lanka Innings
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
W U Tharanga c A C Gilchrist b N W Bracken
6
8 1 0
S T Jayasuriya
 
b M J Clarke
63
67 9 0
K C Sangakkara c R T Ponting b G B Hogg
54
52 6 1
D P M D Jayawardene lbw b S R Watson
19
19 1 0
L P C Silva
 
b M J Clarke
21
22 1 1
T M Dilshan run out
 
14
13 2 0
R P Arnold c A C Gilchrist b G D McGrath
1
2 0 0
W P U J C Vaas not out
 
11
22 0 0
S L Malinga st A C Gilchrist b A Symonds
10
6 0 1
C R D Fernando not out
 
1
5 0 0
Extras
 
14w 1lb 15
 
Total
 
for 8 215 (36.0 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
N W Bracken 6.0 1 34 1
S W Tait 6.0 0 42 0
G D McGrath 7.0 0 31 1
S R Watson 7.0 0 49 1
G B Hogg 3.0 0 19 1
M J Clarke 5.0 0 33 2
A Symonds 2.0 0 6 1
Fall of wicket
 
7 W U Tharanga
123 K C Sangakkara
145 S T Jayasuriya
156 D P M D Jayawardene
188 T M Dilshan
190 L P C Silva
194 R P Arnold
211 S L Malinga

Umpires: S A Bucknor, Aleem Dar
Sri Lanka: S T Jayasuriya, W U Tharanga, K C Sangakkara, D P M D Jayawardene, L P C Silva, T M Dilshan, R P Arnold, W P U J C Vaas, C R D Fernando, S L Malinga, M Muralitharan
Australia: M L Hayden, A C Gilchrist, R T Ponting, M J Clarke, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, S R Watson, G B Hogg, S W Tait, G D McGrath, N W Bracken



Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.