ICC World Cup - Final

Australia v Sri Lanka

Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)

0.3

Vaas to Hayden, no run, good line and length, firmly played back to Vaas who cannot get down quickly enough, mid-on ambles round to intercept

0.4

Vaas to Hayden, no run, Hayden hits back firmly and Vaas stops around his feet

0.5

Vaas to Hayden, 1 run, again Vaas drifts to leg, Hayden shimmies towards the off and clips the ball to long leg

Australia 2/0   ML Hayden 1* (3b)

1.1

Malinga to Hayden, no run, right on target - 85mph - Hayden solidly into line

1.2

Malinga to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden drops the ball into the leg side and scurries through for a quick single. Good calling, no danger as midwicket misfielded

1.5

Malinga to Hayden, no run, better line, pushed into the covers, a loud and quick "no"

1.6

Malinga to Hayden, no run, Hayden fends rather uncertainly into the leg side, midwicket in very quickly to prevent the run. That was more about self preservation than the single

Australia 4/0   ML Hayden 2* (7b)

3.1

Malinga to Hayden, no run, right up there, on off, and Hayden defends that down off the back foot, picking up his chewing-gum chewing momentum to boot

3.2

Malinga to Hayden, no run, straighter and that's defended down into short leg

3.3

Malinga to Hayden, no run, back of a length again, good pace, and that's defended down in front of him once more

3.4

Malinga to Hayden, no run, Malinga bounces in, as does his hair, and again plants that on a very good length, leaving Hayden little option but to defend

3.5

Malinga to Hayden, no run, a touch outside off and that's cut down, defensively, into the off side

3.6

Malinga to Hayden, no run, over the wicket, by the way, and he shoots that one across Hayden, on a great length, and Hayden shoulders arms with a whirly-bat motion

Australia 16/0   ML Hayden 2* (13b)

4.4

Vaas to Hayden, no run, on off, up there, and that's defended on the back foot

4.5

Vaas to Hayden, 1 no ball, on off and Hayden crouches over that one in defence, like shooing at a spider with a broom

4.5

Vaas to Hayden, FOUR, outside off, a touch too short and that's helped on its way through cover - Hayden quick to drive uppishly over the inner ring

4.6

Vaas to Hayden, no run, up there, a quiet defence

Australia 26/0   ML Hayden 6* (17b 1x4)

5.3

Malinga to Hayden, no run, straight and Hayden defends tidily back

5.4

Malinga to Hayden, no run, forces him onto his back foot and he defends back down

5.5

Malinga to Hayden, no run, Malinga allows no room once more, and that's planted on a familiarly good length, Hayden just defending down

5.6

Malinga to Hayden, no run, just the slightest hint of width, a hintette, and Hayden tries to force that into the covers, but it's on a very good length, and he can't get the ball away

Australia 27/0   ML Hayden 6* (21b 1x4)

6.4

Fernando to Hayden, no run, oh, a swing and a miss, Hayden rushing what would have been a huge off-drive at one which flicked past his outside edge, with a hint of swing

6.5

Fernando to Hayden, no run, comes a touch wider from his crease, and that's a tighter angle in at Hayden, who drives that back to mid-off

6.6

Fernando to Hayden, FOUR, too short and too wide, too, just outside off and that's pulled strongly in front of midwicket and there was no need to run for that, as Hayden immediately realised

Australia 32/0   ML Hayden 10* (24b 2x4)

7.6

Malinga to Hayden, no run, pushed right up there, straight, and defence is the best form of defence

Australia 35/0   ML Hayden 10* (25b 2x4)

8.2

Fernando to Hayden, 1 run, up there and Hayden looks to thump that through midwicket, but hasn't timed that properly, and it just crashes into the ground

Australia 37/0   ML Hayden 11* (26b 2x4)

9.1

Vaas to Hayden, no run, decent delivery, up there on off and that's simply defended forward by Hayden

9.2

Vaas to Hayden, no run, cramped him for room there, Hayden would have liked to have driven that through the covers, but his wish wasn't granted

9.3

Vaas to Hayden, no run, cutting in at him on off and Hayden drives that straight, Vaas doing well to get hand on it to stop it

9.4

Vaas to Hayden, 2 runs, on off and that's in the air but away from the cover fielder

9.5

Vaas to Hayden, 1 run, slowish delivery dug out and then lifted over mid-on for a quick single

Australia 46/0   ML Hayden 14* (31b 2x4)

10.1

Fernando to Hayden, 1 run, low full toss and, like an unruly ASBO holder, they're not the easiest to deal with - but he gave it the treatment with a sweet spank to long-off

Australia 47/0   ML Hayden 15* (32b 2x4)

11.5

Muralitharan to Hayden, 1 run, too short, Hayden is back onto his stumps and whipping it with a crack through midwicket

Australia 65/0   ML Hayden 16* (33b 2x4)

12.1

Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run, too short, he skips back and cuts it hard behind point

12.3

Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run, straighter - better from Dilshan, cramping the batsman for room, and it's cut, without power, into the covers

12.5

Dilshan to Hayden, no run, squirted on the front foot out into the leg side - a spongy, squirty sort of shot, never getting hold of it

12.6

Dilshan to Hayden, no run, and a better line from Dilshan with which to finish the over, straight, forcing him forward and it's defended on the front foot

Australia 69/0   ML Hayden 18* (37b 2x4)

13.2

Muralitharan to Hayden, 1 run, swept to deep backward square

13.4

Muralitharan to Hayden, 1 run, too short from Murali and it's cracked into the covers

Australia 73/0   ML Hayden 20* (39b 2x4)

14.5

Dilshan to Hayden, 5 wides, oh, that's poor from Sri Lanka. A dreadful ball down the leg side, Sangakkara can't do anything to stop it and nor can fine leg

14.5

Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run, Hayden comes irritably down the pitch, desperately trying to clunk his way into rhythm

Australia 89/0   ML Hayden 21* (40b 2x4)

15.1

Muralitharan to Hayden, 1 run, swept around the corner

15.4

Muralitharan to Hayden, no run

15.5

Muralitharan to Hayden, no run, beaten! The doosra from Murali, turning back into Hayden who completely misread it, coming forward and trying to smack it down the ground. The ball crept through his bat and pad, very nearly knocking out his off stump

15.6

Muralitharan to Hayden, 1 wide, again wided down the leg side

15.6

Muralitharan to Hayden, no run, smacked back to him but Murali does well, diving to his right

Australia 98/0   ML Hayden 22* (44b 2x4)

16.5

Fernando to Hayden, 1 run, good one to Hayden - a slower ball which Hayden, so heavily footed, is almost beaten by, defending it with an ugly poke away from his body

Australia 111/0   ML Hayden 23* (45b 2x4)

17.2

Muralitharan to Hayden, 1 run, swept once more

Australia 114/0   ML Hayden 24* (46b 2x4)

18.1

Fernando to Hayden, FOUR, oh, that's poor luck for Sri Lanka. Hayden has looked remarkably scratchy so far today, almost nervous - and he is given another slice of fortune with a careless slap which takes a thick outside edge down to the vacant third man

18.2

Fernando to Hayden, 1 run, again outside-edged to third man

18.5

Fernando to Hayden, 1 wide, nice idea, poorly executed. Oh poor old Sri Lanka, they're not they're usual chipper selves and it's all rather going wrong for them. Wided outside the off stump

18.5

Fernando to Hayden, 1 run, full, straight, guided down to third man

Australia 134/0   ML Hayden 30* (49b 3x4)

19.4

Vaas to Hayden, 1 run, on the off stump, Hayden backs away and tries to bludgeon it to the off side, it's a slower ball and there's a little bottom edge to short fine leg for a single. That could have easily gone onto the stumps. The fact is it didn't

Australia 137/0   ML Hayden 31* (50b 3x4)

20.1

Malinga to Hayden, SIX, That is too imposing. Full ball on off, Hayden backs away and shows his brute force. Rocky and Hulk Hogan in one body, unleashes a mighty hoick over long-off and watches it sail over long-off for a six. One can say it wasn't well timed but it's maximum all the same

20.2

Malinga to Hayden, 1 run, yorker length almost and Hayden digs it out for a push through the leg side for a single

Australia 144/0   ML Hayden 38* (52b 3x4 1x6)

21.5

Vaas to Hayden, no run, Sangakkara is back upto the stumps now that Vaas has found his line. Slightly full and wide outside off and Hayden lets it go unharmed

21.6

Vaas to Hayden, no run, similar delivery, much better end to the over from Vaas and Hayden lets it through

Australia 163/0   ML Hayden 38* (54b 3x4 1x6)

22.5

Malinga to Hayden, OUT, 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.

ML Hayden c Jayawardene b Malinga 38 (100m 55b 3x4 1x6) SR: 69.09

Australia 172/1   ML Hayden 38 (55b 3x4 1x6)
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Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
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West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
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Apr 29, 2007

A trio of winners: Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist with the World Cup trophy, Bridgetown, Barbados, April 29, 2007

A trio of winners: Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist with the World Cup trophy

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Apr 29, 2007

Ricky Ponting holds aloft the 2007 World Cup  trophy 24 hours after Australia beat Sri Lanka in the final, Bridgetown, Barbados, April 29, 2007

Ricky Ponting holds aloft the 2007 World Cup trophy 24 hours after Australia beat Sri Lanka in the final

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