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)
0.1

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, Vaas right on the button, a bit full, and Gilchrist drives to mid-off

0.2

Vaas to Gilchrist, 1 run, Vaas strays to leg, Gilchrist flicks it into the on side, Fernando coming round from long leg misfields but no chance of a second

0.6

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, good ball - almost 80mph - and Hayden takes no risks and defends solidly

Australia 2/0   AC Gilchrist 1* (3b)
1.3

Malinga to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist whips it off his toes but slap-bang to midwicket. 86mph, he's cranking up the pace ...

1.4

Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run, leg-side, off Gilchrist's bat and then rump, long leg mops up

Australia 4/0   AC Gilchrist 2* (5b)
2.1

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, Gilchrist back and defends into the covers

2.2

Vaas to Gilchrist, FOUR, the fireworks start ... Gilchrist flicks that dismissively off his legs, it was in the air but to the right of long leg, one bounce for four

2.3

Vaas to Gilchrist, SIX, and again ... this time Gilchrist hits it on the up over wide mid-on and it carries the rope by a couple of yards

2.4

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, Vaas pegs the batsman back with that one

2.5

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, again Gilchrist kept cramped, all he can do is push to point

2.6

Vaas to Gilchrist, 2 runs, run down to third man, good running gets them two despite a good throw

Australia 16/0   AC Gilchrist 14* (11b 1x4 1x6)
4.1

Vaas to Gilchrist, FOUR, on leg and that's immediately tucked off the hips and turned through fine leg

4.2

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, outside off, nips away off the seam, a hint of extra bounce surprises Gilchrist who tries to cut, but plays under the ball

4.3

Vaas to Gilchrist, 1 run, cheeky single, into short midwicket, and "Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeah" - I think they want a run - they shuffle through

Australia 21/0   AC Gilchrist 19* (14b 2x4 1x6)
5.1

Malinga to Gilchrist, no run, strange kind of shot, taken from off and driven to mid-off with a crouching drive

5.2

Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run, quick single, well taken, and it's Hayden to face

Australia 27/0   AC Gilchrist 20* (16b 2x4 1x6)
6.1

Fernando to Gilchrist, no run, a hint of width first up and that's deceived the crowd - gully parrying up the ball to the lurking point behind, but it was a bump ball, thumped into the ground

6.2

Fernando to Gilchrist, no run, driven straight to the man at cover

6.3

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, a touch short, on off, and Gilchrist pulls that from outside off in front of midwicket, Maharoof doing well, diving to his left, to cut the ball off

Australia 28/0   AC Gilchrist 21* (19b 2x4 1x6)
7.1

Malinga to Gilchrist, 2 runs, on leg and Gilchrist tucks that tidily off his hips through midwicket - and they run both of those very quickly

7.2

Malinga to Gilchrist, no run, plays right over that one, which is straighter, in defence

7.3

Malinga to Gilchrist, no run, on leg this time, Gilchrist tucks it off his hips and will they run? "Nooo!"

7.4

Malinga to Gilchrist, no run, outside off, some lesser-spotted width from Malinga, and that's driven slowly into the covers

7.5

Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run, worked away off the hips but there's cover at deep square leg

Australia 35/0   AC Gilchrist 24* (24b 2x4 1x6)
8.1

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, on leg, asking to be tucked off the toes, and the batsman obliges with a sweet dink

8.3

Fernando to Gilchrist, no run, outside off, and that's driven straight to the covers

8.4

Fernando to Gilchrist, 2 runs, short and Gilchrist is quick to pull that high over midwicket, but it's picked up inside the boundary

8.5

Fernando to Gilchrist, no run, outside off, and that's a cracking drive to gully, and some equally tidy fielding by Arnold, picked up snappily. Well done everyone

8.6

Fernando to Gilchrist, FOUR, tracer bullet stuff, Gilchrist's hand and eye coordinating well as usual with an aerial off-drive that races

Australia 43/0   AC Gilchrist 31* (29b 3x4 1x6)
9.6

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, up there and that's tucked into short midwicket without much power

Australia 46/0   AC Gilchrist 31* (30b 3x4 1x6)
10.2

Fernando to Gilchrist, no run, dropped. Hard, but it's got to go down as a chance, as they say - slapped straight to the bowler's ankles. He clutches, vainly

10.3

Fernando to Gilchrist, FOUR, full toss on leg and that's swiped through midwicket - where the fielder nearly stops the boundary, but can't quite

10.4

Fernando to Gilchrist, FOUR, the beast is unleashed. A half-volley and that's lashed through long-on

10.5

Fernando to Gilchrist, SIX, that's big. Gilchrist just steps down and takes the ball from short on off and launches it over long-on

10.6

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, outside off, too wide, and Gilchrist eases that into the off side off the back foot

Australia 62/0   AC Gilchrist 46* (35b 5x4 2x6)
11.1

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, no run, ooh quick and straight, rapping Gilchrist on the pads and the ball bobbles out to into the off side

11.2

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, no run, a quicker one, fuller too, which Gilchrist again misreads, rapped on the pads. The ever erudite, enthusiastic Sangakkara roars an unlikely appeal

11.3

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 wide, down the leg side, but only just...harshly wided by the umpire

11.3

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, no run, ooh I'll have that - rapped on the pads, much straighter this time and Murali likes the appeal. The umpire does not

11.4

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, whipped through midwicket for a cheeky two

11.6

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, no run, Murali roars the day's most angry appeal, demanding that the umpire raises his finger, but it pitched well outside leg

Australia 65/0   AC Gilchrist 47* (40b 5x4 2x6)
12.2

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, very neatly played by Gilchrist, taking one fleet-footed step down the pitch and timing it without trying to hit it too hard, down to long-on for a single

12.4

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, no no no, too short, Gilchrist clunks it off the back foot down the ground

Australia 69/0   AC Gilchrist 49* (42b 5x4 2x6)
13.1

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, in the air - ooh, just short of mid-off there, and such was its timing (and the rather sloppy fielding) that he picked up a single

13.3

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, not very convincing from Gilchrist there, waiting, waiting and waiting for it off the back foot before, at the very last moment, guiding it to point

13.5

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 2 runs, and Hayden goes for his first big Murali-mow over midwicket but it's too full, and he gets an inside edge down to Jayasuriya at fine-leg. Super running brings them two

13.6

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, clunked down the ground

Australia 76/0   AC Gilchrist 54* (46b 5x4 2x6)
14.1

Dilshan to Gilchrist, SIX, huge from Gilchrist, absolutely vast six, skipping down the pitch and smacking him dead straight back over Dilshan's head

14.2

Dilshan to Gilchrist, no run, bat-padded away; Dilshan skips to his left to field and, before doing so, raises his arms in an appeal before realising how daft it was

14.3

Dilshan to Gilchrist, no run, quicker and flatter, pushed back to him

14.4

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, a leg-side drifted which is nicely, easily nudged off his pads for a single

14.6

Dilshan to Gilchrist, SIX, oh it's gone. It's gone long, very long - into the second tier of the stand over Dilshan's head. That was massive. A calm skip down the pitch, and a ferocious swing of the bat, the ball very nearly smacking into the camera in the stands

Australia 95/0   AC Gilchrist 67* (51b 5x4 4x6)
15.2

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, no run, full, flat, quick and defended off the back foot

15.3

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, but Murali loses his line once again, down the leg side, and Gilchrist sweeps

Australia 97/0   AC Gilchrist 68* (53b 5x4 4x6)
16.1

Fernando to Gilchrist, no run, nearly! Very nearly bowled him there, super effort from Fernando, a slower ball which Gilchrist completely failed to pick

16.2

Fernando to Gilchrist, SIX, catch, catch it, a catch is on for long-off - but no! It sails over his head for six to bring up the pair's hundred partnership

16.3

Fernando to Gilchrist, FOUR, magnificent shot - quite beautifully timed, on-driving it with ominous power back past the vainly-diving Fernando for four

16.4

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 wide, that's poor - Sri Lanka are beginning to lose control here. It's down the leg side and rightly wided

16.4

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, another leg-side gift which Gilchrist accepts with glee, flicking it with a turn of the wrists through midwicket

16.6

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, cracked to long-off to end another expensive over

Australia 112/0   AC Gilchrist 80* (58b 6x4 5x6)
17.1

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, and he goes for it, down on one knee, swinging it through midwicket

17.3

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, no run, quicker and flatter, defended off the back foot

17.4

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, no run, a touch more flight, Gilchrist is back and across, defending it fairly certainly

17.5

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, SIX, but there he goes, and it's another huge slog-sweep over midwicket, in front of square. It's gone 10 rows back - a vast hit

17.6

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 2 runs, clunked through midwicket for a single. Oh no, they're coming back for two - but Gilchrist has slipped mid-pitch...but no alarm, the fielder can't quite get it back in time

Australia 122/0   AC Gilchrist 89* (63b 6x4 6x6)
18.3

Fernando to Gilchrist, FOUR, brilliant...brilliant shot, staying back in his crease and late-cutting it just beyond the scrambling Sangakkara. Perhaps fortunate...but it looked deliberate enough to me

18.4

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, good comeback from the bowler, pitching it up and daring the batsman...who drives it cleanly through to cover

18.6

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, and Gilchrist flays it, absolutely lacing it down to third man

Australia 135/0   AC Gilchrist 95* (66b 7x4 6x6)
19.1

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, Vaas over the wicket to Gilchrist, short of a length, pushed back to the bowler on the back foot

19.2

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, pushed to cover, quiet start here

19.3

Vaas to Gilchrist, 1 run, on the pads and that's flicked away to the deep square fielder for a single

19.5

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, full ball, on off and middle, Gilchrist within striking range of a century, pushes it back tentatively to the bowler

19.6

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, slightly slower it seems again, on the pads, Gilchrist chips it dangerously and .. oh .. that could have easily gone to the short midwicket fielder but drops just short. Lady luck?

Australia 137/0   AC Gilchrist 96* (71b 7x4 6x6)
20.3

Malinga to Gilchrist, FOUR, What a way to bring it up! Full ball outside off and it's slapped ferociously over mid-offf for a four. A century off 72 balls in a World Cup final. Adam Gilchrist take a bow! This has been a sensational effort and Kensington salutes him in admiration. Eight fours and six sixes. Take that

20.4

Malinga to Gilchrist, no run, Oh! Edged and a sensational catch from Sangakkara, or so it looked. Full ball, thick edge that flies to Sanga's left and he dives full length to pull off a stunner but the ball just couldn't say in the gloves when he hit the ground. That was an almost superb catch. Almost

20.5

Malinga to Gilchrist, no run, full ball, slapped to the cover fielder

20.6

Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run, full on middle and leg, Gilchrist tries to flay it through the on side but the thick edge flies to third man. Drops short of the fielder again. He's edging them, they're going close but nothing more than that. What was that about fortune and the brave?

Australia 149/0   AC Gilchrist 101* (75b 8x4 6x6)
21.1

Vaas to Gilchrist, FOUR, On the back foot, onto it in a flash, not that short but it's pulled away with utmost contempt. That shot had ruthlessness written all over it. Speeds away to the midwicket fence for a chilling four

21.2

Vaas to Gilchrist, 5 wides, Vaas losing his bearings here, down the leg side and Sangakkara is standing up. He can't get to it and that's another four down the leg side. Wides, five of them

21.2

Vaas to Gilchrist, FOUR, short and again down the leg, Gilchrist needs no second invitation to pull it away. Thick under edge flies past the keeper for a four. This was off the bat and Vaas bleeding runs here. Too much for Sri Lanka's comfort

21.3

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, fuller and on off, much better, no room to work on and that's dug out to the off side

21.4

Vaas to Gilchrist, 1 run, that's much better again, another yorker length delivery on middle and that give Gilchrist no place to free his arms. Dug out back down the ground

Australia 163/0   AC Gilchrist 110* (79b 10x4 6x6)
22.1

Malinga to Gilchrist, no run, some swing for Malinga, that's a good sign. Full and on middle, he's kept it tight for most of the day. Driven confidently but straight to cover

22.2

Malinga to Gilchrist, FOUR, where did that come from? Backing away to a full ball on leg stump and lofts it over mid-off for yet another four. Cool and easy, the bat handle seems to have turned in his wrists but what adjustment that was

22.3

Malinga to Gilchrist, FOUR, That is a cracker, an explosive hoick off a slower ball. Gilchrist takes a mighty swipe at a full ball on off and though he doesn't get the timing manages a four to midwicket, probably the longest boundary

22.4

Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run, drifting on the pads and pelted away to deep square for a single. This is Gilchrist's first ever World Cup hundred. He was run-out on 99 in the league game against Sri Lanka in 2003

Australia 172/0   AC Gilchrist 119* (83b 12x4 6x6)
23.1

Vaas to Gilchrist, 1 run, yorker length from Vaas, Gilchrist digs it out and drives it to mid-off for a single. He is on 119 and seems as if he's just getting set. A double-hundred in a 38-over clash? Who knows

23.3

Vaas to Gilchrist, no run, good length outside off, back cut straight to short third man.

23.4

Vaas to Gilchrist, 1 run, another good yorker, Sri Lankans bowling as if it's the end overs now. They need to. Gilchrist has no room to free his arms and squeezes it out for a single to fine leg

Australia 175/1   AC Gilchrist 121* (86b 12x4 6x6)
24.1

Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, 1 run, Fast and full on off, pushed back down the ground

24.3

Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, no run, fast and furious, Gilchrist pushes it back and the ball deviates off Ponting behind the bowler. The batsmen don't take a run

24.4

Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, no run, dot ball to Gilchrist, now that's a surprise. Driven back to the bowler

24.5

Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, 1 run, swept away to square for a single, Jayasuriya keeping it tight

Australia 179/1   AC Gilchrist 123* (90b 12x4 6x6)
25.2

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, over the wicket to the left-hander, full ball on middle, Gilchrist on his knees and sweeping powerfully to backward square leg

25.5

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, beauty of a ball from Murali, sharp chance for Mahela at slip but he can't get to it. Sharp offbreak to Gilchrist and prods tentatively. The edge flies to Mahela's left and it's low. Super ball, deceived

Australia 184/1   AC Gilchrist 125* (92b 12x4 6x6)
26.1

Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, SIX, Awwwww! Jayasuriya fires it in but Gilchrist is waiting, on his knees with that broadsword, and unleashes a most awesome hoick over midwicket for a soaring six. That was huge and simply mighty

26.2

Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, 1 run, flicked away for a single

Australia 193/1   AC Gilchrist 132* (94b 12x4 7x6)
27.3

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 2 runs, Whack! Slog sweep on his knees, high, very high, soaring to midwicket and two fielders converging but neither can get to it. It falls between them and they complete two

27.4

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, swept away efficiently for another single. This is a motoring

Australia 202/1   AC Gilchrist 135* (96b 12x4 7x6)
28.3

Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, 1 run, full on middle, Gilchrist on the back foot and thumps it to midwicket for a single

28.5

Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, SIX, Brutal. Power and timing all the way to midwicket. Gilchrist down the ground in a twinkling flash and blitzes a smooth pendulum swing that soars the ball way over midwicket for a maximum

28.6

Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, FOUR, this is getting too easy. Full toss outside leg stump and paddled away cheekily past short fine for another four. What else can this man do? Anything actually

Australia 216/1   AC Gilchrist 146* (99b 13x4 8x6)
29.2

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, on leg and spinning away, Gilchrist swivels around and angles it to backward square for a single

29.5

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, no run, goes for the launched slog sweep again but can't get the timing, ball strikes him on the back foot

29.6

Muralitharan to Gilchrist, 1 run, slog swept to deep square leg to bring up the fifty partnership.

Australia 222/1   AC Gilchrist 148* (102b 13x4 8x6)
30.1

Fernando to Gilchrist, 1 run, full ball angling into Gilchrist from round the wicket, he drives it through covers for a single

30.3

Fernando to Gilchrist, OUT, 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

AC Gilchrist c Silva b Fernando 149 (129m 104b 13x4 8x6) SR: 143.26

Australia 224/2   AC Gilchrist 149 (104b 13x4 8x6)
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