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)

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


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


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


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


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


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

Australia 2/0   WPUJC Vaas 1-0-2-0

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


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


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


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


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


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

Australia 16/0   WPUJC Vaas 2-0-14-0

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Australia 26/0   WPUJC Vaas 3-0-24-0

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


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


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


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


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


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

Australia 46/0   WPUJC Vaas 4-0-27-0

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


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


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


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


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


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   WPUJC Vaas 5-0-29-0

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Australia 163/0   WPUJC Vaas 6-0-43-0

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


Vaas to Ponting, 1 run, on the pads and flicked away for a single. Ponting off the mark. Sangakkara is switching between standing up and standing back.


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


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


Vaas to Ponting, 1 no ball, over-stepping this time, nothing much has gone right for Vaas. Good length on the off stump and defended confidently to the covers


Vaas to Ponting, no run, similar delivery, no over-stepping this time and Ponting pushes to the off side looking for a single. Can't pierce the gap, though


Vaas to Ponting, no run, Good end to the over, Ponting glides it straight to point.

Australia 176/1   WPUJC Vaas 7-0-47-0

Vaas to Symonds, 1 run, full and straight on off and middle stump, Symonds backs away and drives to long off for one


Vaas to Ponting, 2 runs, whoops, that's nearly a waist high full toss, Ponting makes room and drives through cover point for two more, Bucknor has warned someone for running on the pitch, looks like it's Ponting


Vaas to Ponting, 1 run, driven down to long off for one


Vaas to Symonds, OUT, 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

RT Ponting run out 37 (53m 42b 1x4 1x6) SR: 88.09


Vaas to Watson, 1 run, driven down to long off for a single


Vaas to Symonds, 2 runs, sloppy stuff from Malinga who dives over Symond's paddle-sweep at short fine leg to allow the batsman two runs when there should have been just one or ideally none

Australia 264/3   WPUJC Vaas 8-0-54-0





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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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