ICC World Cup - Final

Australia v Sri Lanka

Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)

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

11.5

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

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   M Muralitharan 1-0-3-0

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

13.2

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

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

13.4

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

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   M Muralitharan 2-0-10-0

15.1

Muralitharan to Hayden, 1 run, swept around the corner

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

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   M Muralitharan 3-0-13-0

17.1

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

17.2

Muralitharan to Hayden, 1 run, swept once more

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   M Muralitharan 4-0-23-0

25.1

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, he starts around the wicket to the right-hander, as he has so often in this tournament. Full ball on middle and leg, driven to long-on for a single

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

25.3

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, good ball, offspinner pitching on off and Ponting, on the back foot, can only get a thick edge to the off side. Well deceived that time

25.4

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, patted away to the off side for a simple single

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

25.6

Muralitharan to Ponting, 2 runs, Again! This time Ponting has no clue against the doosra, another edge and again wide of Mahela. That was slightly wider

Australia 186/1   M Muralitharan 5-0-29-0

27.1

Muralitharan to Ponting, FOUR, outside leg stump and Ponting brings out a cute sweep to fine leg. Malinga can't cut it off and that's his first boundary

27.2

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, works away the offbreak to the leg side for a single

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

27.5

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, Ponting tries to sweep the offbreak but gets his front pad outside the line of off stump. Murali lets out an appeal but that can't be given

27.6

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, down the track this time and driven to midwicket for a single

Australia 203/1   M Muralitharan 6-0-38-0

29.1

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, Swept away crisply to backward square leg

29.2

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

29.3

Muralitharan to Ponting, 2 runs, on the front foot and flicking with the spin for a scampered couple. Malinga makes good ground but can't stop the brace

29.4

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, short and wide outside off, turning in, tapped away to the off side

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   M Muralitharan 7-0-44-0
Tournament Results
Australia v Sri Lanka at Bridgetown - Apr 28, 2007
Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
Australia v South Africa at Gros Islet - Apr 25, 2007
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Kingston - Apr 24, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 81 runs
West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
England won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
Australia v New Zealand at St George's - Apr 20, 2007
Australia won by 215 runs
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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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