ICC World Cup - Final

Australia v Sri Lanka

Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)

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

1.3

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

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   SL Malinga 1-0-2-0

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   SL Malinga 2-1-2-0

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

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   SL Malinga 3-1-3-0

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

7.6

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

Australia 35/0   SL Malinga 4-1-6-0

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

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   SL Malinga 5-1-18-0

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

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

22.6

Malinga to Ponting, no run, Good first ball to get. Yorker length on middle and off. He somehow gets bat and pad together to keep it out

Australia 172/1   SL Malinga 6-1-27-1

34.1

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, fired into off and middle stump, Ponting makes room and drives down to long on for a single

34.2

Malinga to Symonds, FOUR, streaky stuff but Symonds will take it, he gets his front foot out of the way and tries to loft it over cover, the outside edge flies down to the third man fence, Malinga winces

34.3

Malinga to Symonds, 1 run, full and fast, homing in on middle and leg stump, Symonds plays it through midwicket

34.4

Malinga to Ponting, SIX, awesome strike, that's not as full as the others, Ponting uses the length to free his arms, he lofts that effortlessly over midwicket for six, outstanding timing

34.5

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, Ponting turns it to short fine leg for one

34.6

Malinga to Symonds, 1 run, Malinga strays on to the pads once more, dangerous line while fine leg is in the circle, Symonds flicks off his toes but straight to the man at fine leg

Australia 257/2   SL Malinga 7-1-41-1

36.1

Malinga to Watson, 2 runs, excellent yorker, Watson jams his bat down in the nick of time and squeezes it towards mid on, the fielder is in the deep at long on and Symonds pounces on the chance to take two runs, superb running

36.2

Malinga to Watson, OUT, bowled him! Shane Watson moves across and tries to play a cheeky paddle sweep over short fine leg, he played it extremely well against New Zealand, but Malinga is too quick for him, Watson doesn't make contact and the ball hits middle and leg stump

SR Watson b Malinga 3 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

36.3

Malinga to Clarke, no run, Clarke drives it to cover and sets off for an easy single, but hang on, Aleem Dar signals dead ball and asks the batsmen to go back, I think he's penalising Clarke for running on the pitch

36.4

Malinga to Clarke, 1 run, full and straight on middle and leg stump, Clarke drives it firmly down to log on and nearly bumps into Symonds while trying to avoid running on the pitch

36.5

Malinga to Symonds, 1 run, screaming yorker from Malinga, Symonds jabs down at it in the nick of time and sneaks a single towards cover

36.6

Malinga to Clarke, FOUR, Malinga tries to find the blockhole once more and strays down leg side, Clarke tries to flick but gets more of an inside edge that beats the man at short fine leg and runs down to the fence

Australia 272/4   SL Malinga 8-1-49-2
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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