ICC World Cup, Final: Australia v Sri Lanka at Bridgetown, Apr 28, 2007
Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
Played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados (neutral venue)
28 April 2007 (50-over match)
  Australia innings (38 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AC Gilchrist c Silva b Fernando 149 129 104 13 8 143.26
30.3 finally finally they get Gilchrist out, Fernando bangs one short, Gilchrist swivels and tries to pull even though the length isn't short enough for the stroke, he gets a top edge and skies it straight to midwicket where Chamara silva takes an easy catch, Gilchrist leaves to a rousing ovation, he;s played one of the great World Cup innings 224/2
View dismissal ML Hayden c Jayawardene b Malinga 38 100 55 3 1 69.09
22.5 Finally! Mahela Jayawardene pulls off a smart catch at cover and Hayden has to go. He tried to club it over the short extra-cover fielder but Mahela was waiting there. He timed his jump well and pulled off a double-handed take while in mid-air. Hayden's useful hand comes to an end. It was a 55-ball 38 but nobody will complain when your partner is going bananas at the other end. 172/1
View dismissal RT Ponting* run out (Jayawardene) 37 53 42 1 1 88.09
35.4 Vaas to Symonds, direct hit runs out Ponting! Symonds stepped down to a full toss and hit it hard to Jayawardene at cover, he called for the single and Ponting responded, Jayawardene took his time, aimed the throw at the batsman's end and hit the stumps, Ponting didn't wait for the umpire's decision, he was short by a long way 261/3
A Symonds not out 23 39 21 2 0 109.52
View dismissal SR Watson b Malinga 3 3 3 0 0 100.00
36.2 bowled him! Shane Watson moves across and tries to play a cheeky paddle sweep over short fine leg, he played it extremely well against New Zealand, but Malinga is too quick for him, Watson doesn't make contact and the ball hits middle and leg stump 266/4
MJ Clarke not out 8 10 6 1 0 133.33
Extras (lb 4, w 16, nb 3) 23
  Total (4 wickets; 38 overs; 169 mins) 281 (7.39 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  WPUJC Vaas 8 0 54 0 6.75 25 5 1 (2nb, 1w)
View wickets SL Malinga 8 1 49 2 6.12 26 5 2
22.5 to Hayden, Finally! Mahela Jayawardene pulls off a smart catch at cover and Hayden has to go. He tried to club it over the short extra-cover fielder but Mahela was waiting there. He timed his jump well and pulled off a double-handed take while in mid-air. Hayden's useful hand comes to an end. It was a 55-ball 38 but nobody will complain when your partner is going bananas at the other end. 172/1
36.2 to Watson, bowled him! Shane Watson moves across and tries to play a cheeky paddle sweep over short fine leg, he played it extremely well against New Zealand, but Malinga is too quick for him, Watson doesn't make contact and the ball hits middle and leg stump 266/4
View wicket CRD Fernando 8 0 74 1 9.25 13 7 2 (1nb, 4w)
30.3 to Gilchrist, finally finally they get Gilchrist out, Fernando bangs one short, Gilchrist swivels and tries to pull even though the length isn't short enough for the stroke, he gets a top edge and skies it straight to midwicket where Chamara silva takes an easy catch, Gilchrist leaves to a rousing ovation, he;s played one of the great World Cup innings 224/2
  M Muralitharan 7 0 44 0 6.28 13 1 1 (2w)
  TM Dilshan 2 0 23 0 11.50 4 0 2 (1w)
  ST Jayasuriya 5 0 33 0 6.60 13 2 2
  Sri Lanka innings (target: 269 runs from 36 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WU Tharanga c †Gilchrist b Bracken 6 11 8 1 0 75.00
2.1 That's more swing, and that's all over. Short of a length and Tharanga doesn't know whether to go forward or back. Stands rooted to the crease and simply pushes his bat limply, the edge is taken and Gilchrist snaps up a regulation catch behind the stumps. That's the first wicket for Australia and it was all to do with the length. Bracken strikes. 7/1
View dismissal ST Jayasuriya b Clarke 63 108 67 9 0 94.02
22.6 goddim! A terrible shot from Jayasuriya, skipping down the pitch to a fullish delivery which just turned away from him, the ball keeping very low, and his off stump is knocked back 145/3
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c Ponting b Hogg 54 72 52 6 1 103.84
19.5 just short of a length and Sangakkara's gem of a knock comes to a rather limp end, pulling a fuller delivery straight to the unddroppable hands of Ponting at short midwicket 123/2
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene* lbw b Watson 19 31 19 1 0 100.00
25.5 on middle-and-leg and that's a throaty gurgle of a roar for lbw, and it looks like a good shout, and the umpire agrees 156/4
View dismissal LPC Silva b Clarke 21 41 22 1 1 95.45
30.1 comes down and swats the air with a huge swipe aiming for midwicket. Misses it completely and the ball plinks into the sticks 190/6
View dismissal TM Dilshan run out (Clarke/McGrath) 14 20 13 2 0 107.69
29.6 from McGrath, on off, quicker than expected, and that was tucked down to third man. Some great work from Clarke and McGrath there, as Dilshan slipped on setting off - a throw heading just towards the stumps, McGrath takes it in front and takes off the bails 188/5
View dismissal RP Arnold c †Gilchrist b McGrath 1 9 2 0 0 50.00
31.5 nasty ball, especially in this light - a full toss above the waist. But Australia, including McGrath, just smile as Arnold pops up an edge off a pull to Gilchrist... and takes his international bow 194/7
WPUJC Vaas not out 11 20 21 0 0 52.38
View dismissal SL Malinga st †Gilchrist b Symonds 10 6 6 0 1 166.66
33.6 a big swing and a miss, Gilchrist whips off the bails, Dar calls for the third umpire as he could never have seen that far with any certainty 211/8
CRD Fernando not out 1 6 6 0 0 16.66
Extras (lb 1, w 14) 15
  Total (8 wickets; 36 overs; 171 mins) 215 (5.97 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket NW Bracken 6 1 34 1 5.66 21 5 0 (1w)
2.1 to Tharanga, That's more swing, and that's all over. Short of a length and Tharanga doesn't know whether to go forward or back. Stands rooted to the crease and simply pushes his bat limply, the edge is taken and Gilchrist snaps up a regulation catch behind the stumps. That's the first wicket for Australia and it was all to do with the length. Bracken strikes. 7/1
  SW Tait 6 0 42 0 7.00 17 6 0 (2w)
View wicket GD McGrath 7 0 31 1 4.42 24 2 1 (1w)
31.5 to Arnold, nasty ball, especially in this light - a full toss above the waist. But Australia, including McGrath, just smile as Arnold pops up an edge off a pull to Gilchrist... and takes his international bow 194/7
View wicket SR Watson 7 0 49 1 7.00 15 5 0 (3w)
25.5 to Jayawardene, on middle-and-leg and that's a throaty gurgle of a roar for lbw, and it looks like a good shout, and the umpire agrees 156/4
View wicket GB Hogg 3 0 19 1 6.33 7 2 0
19.5 to Sangakkara, just short of a length and Sangakkara's gem of a knock comes to a rather limp end, pulling a fuller delivery straight to the unddroppable hands of Ponting at short midwicket 123/2
View wickets MJ Clarke 5 0 33 2 6.60 14 0 2 (2w)
22.6 to Jayasuriya, goddim! A terrible shot from Jayasuriya, skipping down the pitch to a fullish delivery which just turned away from him, the ball keeping very low, and his off stump is knocked back 145/3
30.1 to Silva, comes down and swats the air with a huge swipe aiming for midwicket. Misses it completely and the ball plinks into the sticks 190/6
View wicket A Symonds 2 0 6 1 3.00 7 0 0
33.6 to Malinga, a big swing and a miss, Gilchrist whips off the bails, Dar calls for the third umpire as he could never have seen that far with any certainty 211/8

Match details


Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Series - Australia won the 2006/07 ICC World Cup
Player of the match - AC Gilchrist (Australia)
Player of the series - GD McGrath (Australia)
Umpires - Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and SA Bucknor
TV umpire - RE Koertzen (South Africa)
Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire - BF Bowden (New Zealand)

Match Notes


    • Australia innings
    • Match reduced to 38 overs per side
    • Australia: 50 runs in 10.3 overs (64 balls), Extras 1
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (AC Gilchrist 35, ML Hayden 15, Ex 1)
    • AC Gilchrist: 50 off 43 balls (5 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 16.2 overs (102 balls), Extras 8
    • 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 102 balls (AC Gilchrist 74, ML Hayden 22, Ex 8)
    • Drinks: Australia - 135/0 in 19.0 overs (AC Gilchrist 95, ML Hayden 30)
    • Power Play 2: Overs 19.1 - 24.0
    • AC Gilchrist: 100 off 72 balls (8 x 4, 6 x 6)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 21.1 overs (133 balls), Extras 10
    • 1st Wicket: 150 runs in 133 balls (AC Gilchrist 105, ML Hayden 38, Ex 10)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 27.3 overs (173 balls), Extras 16
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 44 balls (AC Gilchrist 29, RT Ponting 19, Ex 2)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 34.4 overs (217 balls), Extras 21
    • Sri Lanka innings
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 10.6 overs (70 balls), Extras 4
    • Power Play 2: Overs 11.1 - 15.0
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (ST Jayasuriya 33, KC Sangakkara 14, Ex 3)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 15.3 overs (99 balls), Extras 8
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 106/1 in 17.0 overs (ST Jayasuriya 49, KC Sangakkara 43)
    • ST Jayasuriya: 50 off 51 balls (8 x 4)
    • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 95 balls (ST Jayasuriya 51, KC Sangakkara 43, Ex 7)
    • KC Sangakkara: 50 off 50 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Rain: Sri Lanka - 149/3 in 24.5 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 17, LPC Silva 1)
    • Sri Lanka target revised to 269 runs from 36 overs, 2 overs lost
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 24.6 overs (156 balls), Extras 8
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 32.5 overs (205 balls), Extras 13
    • Bad Light: Sri Lanka - 206/7 in 33.0 overs (WPUJC Vaas 6, SL Malinga 9)
    • One Day International Scorer: Binoy George
    • Official Attendance - 20,108
 
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