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)

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


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


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


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


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


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   CRD Fernando 1-0-5-0

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


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


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


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


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


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   CRD Fernando 2-0-13-0

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


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


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


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


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


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

Australia 62/0   CRD Fernando 3-0-29-0

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Australia 112/0   CRD Fernando 4-0-43-0

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Australia 135/0   CRD Fernando 5-0-56-0

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


Fernando to Ponting, 1 run, Fernando fires a full toss into Ponting's pads, he flicks but can;t beat the man at short fine leg, Gilchrist calls for the single, it was risky, had there been a direct hit he would have been out


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


Fernando to Ponting, 2 runs, fullish delivery on the pads, Ponting moves across his stumps and flicks to deep midwicket


Fernando to Ponting, no run, angled into the pads once more, Sangakkara collects it behind the stumps


Fernando to Ponting, 1 run, good length ball but the line is poor, down leg side, Ponting flicks to deep backward square leg for one more

Australia 227/2   CRD Fernando 6-0-61-1

Fernando to Symonds, no run, Fernando finds the blockhole outside off stump, Symonds squeezes it towards cover on the front foot


Fernando to Symonds, 1 run, lucky break for Symonds, he tried to heave it down the ground but got an inside edge past the stumps and down to fine leg


Fernando to Ponting, 2 leg byes, slowish delivery from fernando, Ponting aims to heave it on the leg side but gets an outside edge down to third man


Fernando to Ponting, 1 wide, poor ball, full toss down leg side, wide called but he's lucky that Ponting didn't put that away


Fernando to Ponting, 1 run, fullish length outside off stump, Ponting drives but the timing isn't good, he collects one to mid off


Fernando to Symonds, 1 run, tight line from Fernando, keeping it on a good length outside off stump, Symonds drives to mid off for one more


Fernando to Ponting, no run, oh Fernando finishes with a slower ball that's a bouncer as well, Ponting gets into position for the pull but realises that he's far too early for the shot and bails out at the last moment

Australia 237/2   CRD Fernando 7-0-65-1

Fernando to Symonds, 1 run, full and straight, very hard to hit, Symonds drives down to long off for a single


Fernando to Clarke, 1 wide, Fernando bowls a slower bouncer, Clarke is beaten by the change of pace but the umpire signals wide because that was too high, that's pretty harsh


Fernando to Clarke, 1 run, full toss outside off stump, Clarke backs away, frees his arms and lashes it through point for one


Fernando to Symonds, (no ball) 1 run, excellent yorker from Fernando but he's overstepped


Fernando to Clarke, 1 run, what's going on here, Fernando bowls another yorker, Clarke digs it out and back to the bowler, Symonds sets off for the run but realises that Fernando has the ball, Fernando turns around and only has to roll the ball on to the stumps to dismiss Symonds, he misses and the Australians run an overthrow


Fernando to Symonds, 1 run, short ball, that was the slower bouncer once again, Symonds pulls it with one hand to midwicket


Fernando to Clarke, 1 run, good length ball outside off stump, Clarke drives to long off for a single


Fernando to Symonds, 1 run, excellent ball to finish, the yorker homes in on leg stump, Symonds backs away and digs it out, they run a single to short fine leg to finish tthe innings

Australia 281/4   CRD Fernando 8-0-74-1





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Hours of play (local time) 12.15 start, First Session 12.15-14.55. Interval 14.55-15.05, Second Session 15.05-17.45

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