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)

Malinga to Hayden, no run, right on target - 85mph - Hayden solidly into line


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


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


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


Malinga to Hayden, no run, better line, pushed into the covers, a loud and quick "no"


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

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


Malinga to Hayden, no run, straighter and that's defended down into short leg


Malinga to Hayden, no run, back of a length again, good pace, and that's defended down in front of him once more


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


Malinga to Hayden, no run, a touch outside off and that's cut down, defensively, into the off side


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

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


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


Malinga to Hayden, no run, straight and Hayden defends tidily back


Malinga to Hayden, no run, forces him onto his back foot and he defends back down


Malinga to Hayden, no run, Malinga allows no room once more, and that's planted on a familiarly good length, Hayden just defending down


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Malinga to Hayden, 1 run, yorker length almost and Hayden digs it out for a push through the leg side for a single


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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





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