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)

Bracken to Tharanga, FOUR, What a start! Walking down the track to Bracken and slashing a wide one through the covers for a four. Start as you wish to go along.


Bracken to Tharanga, no run, Hint of swing that time, fuller and outside off. Tharanga shoulders arms.


Bracken to Tharanga, no run, played and missed that time, Bracken has used the new ball well all through the tournament. Pitched up outside off and Tharanga can only tentatively poke at it, beaten all ends up, good carry to the wicketkeeper


Bracken to Tharanga, no run, good length ball, swinging away and moving after pitching too, left alone by Tharanga


Bracken to Tharanga, 1 run, full ball, swinging away but Tharanga reads it well and presents the full face of the bat. Finds the gap through extra cover and hurries for a single

Jayasuriya on strike, already standing a long way outside his crease to negate the swing. Nearly a foot outside his crease there.


Bracken to Jayasuriya, no run, Short of a length and outside off, moving away too. Jayasuriya lifts his bat as if to slash but backs away in the end and lets it through to the wicketkeeper

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (277 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.65)

    • ST Jayasuriya 0 (1b)
    • WU Tharanga 5 (5b 1x4)
    • NW Bracken 1-0-5-0

Shaun Tait to share the new ball. Not McGrath, as he did in the semi-final


Tait to Tharanga, no run, Short and slingy. 147.2kph and Tharanga scuds down below it. That was a speedy start. Again, start as you wish to go.

Two slips in place


Tait to Tharanga, 1 wide, That's down the leg side, Tharanga can't get his bat to it as he tries the flick. Tait tends to be a bit erratic and that's the first wide


Tait to Tharanga, 1 run, More swing, into the left-hander this time and Tharanga is beaten. Inside edge trickles away to fine leg for a single


Tait to Jayasuriya, no run, More swing, full and on off, coming into the left-hander and giving him no room whatsoever. Dug out and driven back to the bowler


Tait to Jayasuriya, no run, short and angling away from Jayasuriya, he lets it go to the wicketkeeper, that same wicketkeeper who unleashed a power-packed gem earlier in the day. I mean, 149 in a World Cup final. Now that's called making a statement


Tait to Jayasuriya, no run, Full and on off, driven confidently but straight to mid-off


Tait to Jayasuriya, no run, fast and slingy, he's been cranking it up throughout the over. Pitched on leg stump and rapped on the pads, Jayasuriya doesn't have the time to flick it away. Huge appeal for lbw but Steve "slow death" Bucknor doesn't budge.

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (275 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 5.72)

    • ST Jayasuriya 0 (5b)
    • WU Tharanga 6 (7b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 1-0-2-0
    • NW Bracken 1-0-5-0

Bracken to Tharanga, OUT, That's more swing, and that's all over. Short of a length and Tharanga doesn't know whether to go forward or back. Stands rooted to the crease and simply pushes his bat limply, the edge is taken and Gilchrist snaps up a regulation catch behind the stumps. That's the first wicket for Australia and it was all to do with the length. Bracken strikes.

WU Tharanga c †Gilchrist b Bracken 6 (11m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Kumar Sangakkara is the No.3


Bracken to Sangakkara, 1 run, Some swing again, Bracken striking a wonderful rhythm now. Outside off and moving away and Sangakkara looks to leave but the ball deviates off the thickish edge and speeds to third man dfor a single


Bracken to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Width offered and the broad Jayasuriya blade goes for the rapacious slash, it comes off the middle of the bat and races away to cover for a sizzling four. He's standing way outside the crease to negate the swing and all he needs it some room to let the bat do the talking


Bracken to Jayasuriya, no run, beauty of a response from Bracken, changes his length and keeps it slightly shorter, moving away and leaves him wondering whether to go forward or back, beats him all ends up


Bracken to Jayasuriya, no run, straight and angling into the pads, a bit quicker too and strikes Jayasuriya high on the pads. No room is the best policy


Bracken to Jayasuriya, no run, full and swinging into the left-hander, Bracken mixing it up well. Jayasuriya tries to flick it to the leg side but is again struck on the pads, can't get it away

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 12/1 (270 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 7.71)

    • ST Jayasuriya 4 (9b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (1b)
    • NW Bracken 2-0-10-1
    • SW Tait 1-0-2-0

Tait to Sangakkara, FOUR, short of a length from Tait and Sangakkara stands tall and drives it sweetly through point for a fine four. Mimimum effort and he stylishly puts it away


Tait to Sangakkara, no run, short ball, speedy gunslinger this boy as he touches 90mph Sangakkara goes for the pull but is beaten for pace and can only get a thick top edge. Luckily it doesn't balloon up to the fielder and falls in no-man's land at wide mid-on


Tait to Sangakkara, 1 wide, down the leg side, firing it down the pads and it's called wide


Tait to Sangakkara, no run, Full and wide, 90.9mph and Sangakkara throws his bat out but it's way too wide and he can only get a thick edge that bounces in front of second slip. That could have been another wide, instead it was a dot.


Tait to Sangakkara, no run, Short again, that time it's 94mph and Sangakkara can't time the pull too well again, trickles to the fielder in the in-field


Tait to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and on off, tapped to the off side for a quick single. These are quick grenades from Tait and Sri Lanka need to be on the look-out


Tait to Jayasuriya, no run, short and well directed, Jayasuriya not given the freedom to free his arms and is on his backfoot keeping the ball away to the off side

End of over 4 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 18/1 (264 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 7.76)

    • ST Jayasuriya 4 (10b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 6 (6b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 2-0-8-0
    • NW Bracken 2-0-10-1

Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, from over the wicket and angling into the left-hander's body. Tucked away watchfully to the on side but straight to the square fielder


Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, full this time, on middle and leg and driven crisply to short midwicket. Plan seems to be: See the new ball off and then try to accelerate.

Tharanga became Gilchrist's 50th victim in this World Cup. He becomes the first wicketkeeper to reach this landmark in World Cups. OK, we've agreed on one thing, it's his day.


Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, Slower ball this time and driven straight to the fielder at square leg


Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, good ball that time, pitched on off and swinging away. 133kph but the bounce is disconcerting for Sangakkara who pushes his bat and is beaten


Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, tapped to the off side but straight to the fielder. Gaps, Sanga, gaps are essential


Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, full ball on off and homing in on off and slightly outside, tough to do much with those. Sangakkara takes the most sensible option and defends it watchfully

End of over 5 (maiden) Sri Lanka 18/1 (264 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.60, RRR: 8.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 6 (12b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 4 (10b 1x4)
    • NW Bracken 3-1-10-1
    • SW Tait 2-0-8-0

Tait to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Thwack from Jayasuriya and that's a four. Too full and slightly wide, that's enough for Sanath to flay it mercilessly through extra cover for a cracking four


Tait to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short and directed on the body, 92mph that time and Jayasuriya does the sensible thing: angles his bat and judders it down to third man


Tait to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short again and Sangakkara pushes to the off side for a quick single, Clarke - mopping up at point - goes for the direct hit at the bowlers end but mis-field from Hogg, who is backing up. They manage another run


Tait to Sangakkara, 1 run, dropped by Watson. Short one and Sangakkara upper-cuts it over the slips, only for Shane Watson to try to get under it. He lunges forward but can't take the catch cleanly. Did he just drop the World Cup? Surely not you say


Tait to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Slash, that was full and wide and Jayasuriya brings out the rapier, creaming a most brutal square drive. Rubbing salt into Watson's wounds, who mops up from third man


Tait to Jayasuriya, FOUR, four more and Sanath is motoring along now. Short and outside off, Jayasuriya simply carves it over the slip cordon for another four. This is what they need now, sensible whacking

End of over 6 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 34/1 (248 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 7.75)

    • ST Jayasuriya 17 (14b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 9 (14b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 3-0-24-0
    • NW Bracken 3-1-10-1

Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length and Sangakkara tries to pull but can't make contact


Bracken to Sangakkara, 1 run, thick inside edge goes to fine leg, batsmen complete a single


Bracken to Jayasuriya, 1 run, cramping him up by firing it down on his pads, tucked away to the leg side for a single. They think of too but Hussey is just too quick. And he's close to 50 isn't he?


Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, defended off the back foot back to the bowler, good length from Bracken, giving nothing away


Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, more short of a good length, more backfoot defence from Sangakkara, more atmosphere building at Kensington, more pressure piling on Sri Lanka, more ...


Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, full and outside off, tap goes Sanga and straight to Ponting at short extra. Bracken has done a fine job. It's Tait who Australia might worry about. Time for GD McGrath?

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 36/1 (246 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 7.93)

    • KC Sangakkara 10 (19b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 18 (15b 4x4)
    • NW Bracken 4-1-12-1
    • SW Tait 3-0-24-0

McGrath as expected. His final spell in international cricket. Watch carefully, you may (will) never see the likes of this again. Even wake up your grandchildren and tell them that here is a bowler of supreme class


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a good length, outside off (typical McGrath), left alone

Rahem has some advice for Sri Lanka, "Sri Lanka need to plan their innings, I don't think they have to throw their bat at every ball. If they do what Gilchrist and Hayden did; 50 in 10 overs and from their speed up"


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, similar length, on off, patted back to the bowler


McGrath to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, swing and wide, really wide (is that Mcgrath or Tait?). It swings even after passing Jayasuriya and Gilchrist (I can do nothing wrong today Gilchrist) pulls off a fine save behind the stumps


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length and outside off, a bit of swing too and Jayasuriya lets it go to the keeper


McGrath to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, flicked away to the leg side and they had decided on two anyway, Hogg fires it in running in from square leg but the throw is slightly wide of McGrath. A more accurate one would have surely had the batsman in trouble


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, defended watchfully to the off side. McGrath doesn't give you much leeway and it's best to start watchfully against him


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, slightly fuller but still outside off, Jayasuriya shoulders arms

End of over 8 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 39/1 (243 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 8.10)

    • ST Jayasuriya 20 (21b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 10 (19b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 1-0-3-0
    • NW Bracken 4-1-12-1

Shane Watson into the attack now.


Watson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full and drifting into the pads, tucked away cutely to the square leg region for a couple


Watson to Sangakkara, no run, Now that was close, perilously close. Faster this time from Watson and short of a length, Sangakkara tries to work it to the leg side but a leading edge balloons up towards short mid-off. There's a fielder in there close but neither him nor Watson can get to it


Watson to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, on off, driven confidently to point but no run


Watson to Sangakkara, no run, full ball on middle, driven to mid-on. Gaps, Sanga, gaps. Yes, we've said that before but the rate is mounting all the time


Watson to Sangakkara, no run, good length, on middle and off, no room and he tries to back away and cut. Straight to the point fielder again. Pressure, pressure. Can he get out of this mini-rut?


Watson to Sangakkara, no run, good end to a good over, tapped to the off side and Clarke moves across athletically and stops a single.

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (241 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 8.31)

    • KC Sangakkara 12 (25b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 20 (21b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-2-0
    • GD McGrath 1-0-3-0

McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, cut him in half that time, that was a super ball with swing and cut. Full ball, scrambled seam it seems and it pitches outside off and cuts Jayasuriya in half. Beaten all ends up

Atul Kulkarni has a thought. "May not be a bad tactic to promote Murali when the next wicket falls. He knows only one way to play and generally finishes with a strike rate of over 100. Imagine Murali backing away and flat batting McGrath for a couple of boundaries." Frankly I don't think so!


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, good length on off, no room for Jayasuriya and he cuts it straight to the point fielder

Breeze blowing across the ground and probably assisting the drift and swing


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, more swing, into the left-hander, thick inside edge to short fine leg but no run possible. The dots are piling up now


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, full outside off, driven hard but driven straight to mid-off. More dots


McGrath to Jayasuriya, 1 run, driven wide of mid-off for a quick single


McGrath to Sangakkara, no run, defended back to the bowler

Over to George for the next few overs.

End of over 10 (1 run) Sri Lanka 42/1 (240 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 8.57)

    • KC Sangakkara 12 (26b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 21 (26b 4x4)
    • GD McGrath 2-0-4-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-2-0

Thanks Sid. Watson to continue from over the wicket.


Watson to Jayasuriya, no run, good length ball on middle and off stump, Jayasuriya tries to pull through midwicket but doesn't time it well


Watson to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, Watson bangs it short, too short, the ball balloons over the batsman's head and it's called wide


Watson to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, a fraction short on off stump, Jayasuriya goes on the back foot and flat-bats it towards mid-off


Watson to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length on off stump, Jayasuriya gets on top of the bounce and plays it to Clarke at point


Watson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, run down to third man for a single


Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, Watson is keeping it tight around off stump, not giving the batsman any room, played late with an open face for one more


Watson to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, you just cannot afford to give Jayasuriya width, he latches on to it in a flash and cuts hard past point for four

End of over 11 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 51/1 (231 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.63, RRR: 8.55)

    • ST Jayasuriya 28 (31b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 13 (27b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-11-0
    • GD McGrath 2-0-4-0

Timothy likes Atul's idea: "Talking of the idea of promoting Murali up the order to face McGrath, did anyone watch Alan Mullally of England (who had a similar style to Murali) cross-batting three aggressive fours off McGrath to help England to a 12 run win in an Ashes series sometime around 2000?"

Ponting takes the second and final Powerplay.


McGrath to Sangakkara, no run, full length ball on middle stump, defended to mid on


McGrath to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara gives McGrath the charge and tries to pull through midwicket, he mis-times it straight to the fielder


McGrath to Sangakkara, 1 run, ambled single


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, McGrath pitches on a good length and angles it across Jayasuriya who heaves across the line and misses, Gilchrist collects the ball and thinks he's caught an edge, Bucknor doesn't agree


McGrath to Jayasuriya, no run, full ball on off stump, Jayasuriya squeezes it to cover


McGrath to Jayasuriya, 1 run, once again the length and line is immaculate, Jayasuriya dabs it with soft hands towards mid-off and sets off for a single

Over to Sriram for the next few overs.

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 53/1 (229 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 8.80)

    • ST Jayasuriya 29 (34b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 14 (30b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 3-0-6-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-11-0

Thanks George.


Watson to Jayasuriya, no run, Watson bangs it in short, on the middle and leg, kicks up, Jayasuriya swivels, pulls, but the ball hits the bat rather than the other way and he gets it behind square


Watson to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Jayasuriya goes down town. In style. Front leg out of the line and he biffs a length-delivery over mid-on.


Watson to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, Watson responds in the way I would have done. Goes for a yorker and ends up a wide outside off. Shocker. I am happy even the international bowlers do it.


Watson to Jayasuriya, no run, ah! back to regular programming. Bouncer. Well-directed stuff. Whooshes past the nose, outside off, left alone


Watson to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short of length, on the off and middle, Jayasuriya, again, keeps the front leg outside the line and flat-bats it over the bowler's head. The runs are coming. In a hurry.


Watson to Jayasuriya, FOUR, not for nothing he is the Matera blaster. Short of length and outside off and he carves it over point. Unadulterated hitting. Classic Jayasuriya.


Watson to Jayasuriya, no run, missed outside off

End of over 13 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 66/1 (216 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.07, RRR: 8.64)

    • ST Jayasuriya 41 (40b 8x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 14 (30b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-24-0
    • GD McGrath 3-0-6-0

Atul has second thoughts: "The promotion of Murali may not be a feasible idea. But, promoting Vaas to go after Hogg may be realistic. Mark Taylor tried Warne in Chennai quarter-final and that tactic paid off handsomely. Warne clobbered 24 off 14 to inject momentum in the chase. If Vaas could hang around for a couple of Hogg overs, you never know."


McGrath to Sangakkara, 1 run, rotates the strike back to Jayasuriya with a clip towards midwicket. What will Jayasuriya do now?


McGrath to Jayasuriya, 1 run, tip and run. He steals a single with push towards cover. So he is just not going to slog all the way.


McGrath to Sangakkara, no run, another nagging length-delivery, around off and Sangakkara pushes it towards point


McGrath to Sangakkara, SIX, Sangakkara's best shot of the tournament. Charges down the track like a marauder and smokes a back of length delivery over deep midwicket.


McGrath to Sangakkara, FOUR, The white ball is beginning to fly everywhere. This one whistled through cover. Fullish, outside off and Sangakkara went down on his knee to cream it through the off side. McGrath is getting the treatment. Now that's a surprise.


McGrath to Sangakkara, FOUR, aha ... another one. McGrath hurls in a bumper, it rises chest-high, on the middle and leg, Sangakkara swivels nicely and pulls it behind square-leg.

End of over 14 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 82/1 (200 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 8.33)

    • KC Sangakkara 29 (35b 3x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 42 (41b 8x4)
    • GD McGrath 4-0-22-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-24-0

Gilchrist now standing up to Bracken.


Bracken to Jayasuriya, 1 run, length delivery, on the middle and leg, Jayasuriya lets it come to him, wrists it away past square leg


Bracken to Sangakkara, 3 wides, slips down the leg side, Sangakkara shuffles across, tries to tickle it away but misses. So does Gilchrist and it's three wides


Bracken to Sangakkara, FOUR, ooh. Super shot. Backs away outside leg, Bracken sends it on a length, on the off and middle, Sangakkara maintains his balance, head still and the flashing blade comes down in a hurry and he square-drives it through point.

Bracken pulls away at the point of release as he sees Sangakkara backing away again. Gamesmanship there.


Bracken to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery around off, no backing away this time, he quietly places it to point


Bracken to Sangakkara, 2 runs, swiped away. It landed well outside off stump, on length, Sangakkara reached out, on his knee and swung it across the line. Lots of gap in the midwicket region and he is pre-determining his assault


Bracken to Sangakkara, 1 run, length delivery on the middle-stump line, slower one, Sangakkara shuffles across, laps it in the air behind square leg and Tait makes the stop. Again there is a gap there, he is thinking four but couldn't quite execute it properly.


Bracken to Jayasuriya, no run, played and missed

End of over 15 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 93/1 (189 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 8.21)

    • ST Jayasuriya 43 (43b 8x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 36 (39b 4x4 1x6)
    • NW Bracken 5-1-23-1
    • GD McGrath 4-0-22-0

The slinger is back ... Tait returns for a second spell. He was quite pacy in the first stint. Fast and furious.


Tait to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara imparts more velocity to the projectile. Fast, full, on the off stump and Sangakkara stands tall and whips it through point. Lara would have been impressed. Game on!


Tait to Sangakkara, 1 run, from round the stumps, at the body, Sangakkara waits, wrists it to long leg. Easy single. Jayasuriya on strike. 184 to win in 22.4 overs.


Tait to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, chipped over midwicket. Fullish, on the middle and leg, Jayasuriya tries to clip it towards square leg but ends up chipping it over midwicket. 100 up.


Tait to Jayasuriya, no run, Tait is not amused. Perfume ball but Jayasuriya is no mood to smell the leather and ducks under under it


Tait to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, here comes the attempted yorker. 89.7 mph. It doesn't quite land in the blockhole and Jayasuriya leans forward, drives down the ground.


Tait to Jayasuriya, no run, full pitch, around off stump, pushed to cover

End of over 16 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 102/1 (180 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.37, RRR: 8.18)

    • ST Jayasuriya 47 (47b 8x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 41 (41b 5x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 4-0-33-0
    • NW Bracken 5-1-23-1

180 from 132 balls. Sri Lanka will be looking out for a few big overs. Then that equation will get interesting. After all the whole match has been played as if its stick cricket. So who knows what will happen.


Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish, on the off stump line, driven to long-off


Watson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, In the air but it lands in no-mans land. Sigh of relief must have been heard across Sri Lanka. It was a slower one, short in length, Jayasuriya went for a pull but didn't go through with the shot completely as he was surprised a touch by the lack of pace. It balloons up, deep midwicket fielder rushes in, square-leg fielder hurries back and it falls right in between them


Watson to Sangakkara, no run, no shot to one outside off


Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, dabbed to third man for a single


Watson to Jayasuriya, no run, charges down the track, tries to slog across the line, misses.

Drizzle has started again. Argh.


Watson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, outside off stump, on a length, cut to third man for a single.

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 106/1 (176 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.23, RRR: 8.38)

    • ST Jayasuriya 49 (50b 8x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 43 (44b 5x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 4-0-28-0
    • SW Tait 4-0-33-0

The groundsmen get ready, but the sun is still smiling down. Drizzle in the air though. That kind of a day. Drinks are being supplied to all and sundry. So how many of you are drinking in a pub and watching this drama. Any Australians and Sri Lankans watching it together? Sledging each other?


Hogg to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, on a length, around off stump, turns away a touch, Jayasuriya waits and cuts it to deep point. Fifty up for him. Cheers go around the arena.


Hogg to Jayasuriya, 1 run, here comes the googly. Hogg doesn't waste any time, does he? Landed on the off stump, broke back in, Jayasuriya dabs it away to the off side. Picked it off the turf.


Hogg to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted, on the middle and off, Sangakkara sweeps him on the length, to long leg


Hogg to Jayasuriya, no run, leans forward to a full delivery on the middle-and-off, bat in front of the pad, gets a inner edge to midwicket


Hogg to Jayasuriya, no run, another googly ... Jayasuriya, it appears, is picking it off the pitch rather than the hand. He is cramped up as he shapes to cut, the ball comes in and he ends up stabbing it away to point


Hogg to Jayasuriya, no run, eases forward, pushes a conventional legbreak back to the bowler.

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 110/1 (172 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.11, RRR: 8.60)

    • ST Jayasuriya 52 (55b 8x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 44 (45b 5x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-4-0
    • SR Watson 4-0-28-0

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish, outside off stump, Sangakkara doesn't move much, waits and carves it on the up to sweeper cover.


Watson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Gilchrist is standing up to the stumps. Full in length, slanting away from Jayasuriya who tries to slash it away on the up, doesn't time it well but still picks up a single as the ball darts to the cover region


Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly short, on the middle stump line, Sangakkara pulls it to deep midwicket


Watson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short and well outside off stump, Jayasuriya moves across, punches it through the off side region.


Watson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, eye-catching stroke. Full on a length, on the off stump line, slanting away, Sangakkara moves back and across, waits and caresses it throught point. Nonchalantly played


Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, retains the strike with a flick past square leg

over to the venerable Will Luke ...

End of over 19 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 117/1 (165 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.15, RRR: 8.68)

    • KC Sangakkara 49 (49b 5x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 54 (57b 8x4)
    • SR Watson 5-0-35-0
    • GB Hogg 1-0-4-0

Thanks, Sriram - hello everyone. Will here.


Hogg to Sangakkara, 1 run, swept to deep midwicket and there's his fifty


Hogg to Jayasuriya, no run, a huge, raucous appeal from Hogg - tongue slavering like a rogue monster - and that looks very plumb indeed as Jayasuriya is rapped on the back foot, but replays suggest it's sliding down the leg side by the thinnest of whiskers


Hogg to Jayasuriya, 1 run, wider of his off stump, allowing him a touch more room, and he pushes this to mid-on for a quick, expertly judged single

Not sure Sanath is reading Hogg too well here


Hogg to Sangakkara, FOUR, hammered on the front foot through extra cover, sweetly stroked with immense timing - and placed quite beautifully, bisecting the two on the boundary


Hogg to Sangakkara, OUT, just short of a length and Sangakkara's gem of a knock comes to a rather limp end, pulling a fuller delivery straight to the unddroppable hands of Ponting at short midwicket

KC Sangakkara c Ponting b Hogg 54 (72m 52b 6x4 1x6) SR: 103.84

Hogg is loving that wicket, and the tongue has seemingly taken on a life of its own now. Yes, it's a cliché, but that really is a big wicket; Australia's fervent celebrations demonstrate it further, were it in doubt. He was just beginning to take control

Here's the captain


Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, and a neat, balanced flick through midwicket gets him off the mark

And he retains the strike, too

End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 124/2 (158 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 8.77)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (1b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 55 (59b 8x4)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-11-1
    • SR Watson 5-0-35-0

Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Watson, aka The Hulk, drifts this lazily down Jayawardene's leg stump who is back in his crease, deftly flicking this behind square

Gilchrist up to the stumps now


Watson to Jayasuriya, 1 run, with absolutely no feet movement, he clatters it off the back foot to a deep extra cover on the boundary. No great timing there


Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, delightfully stroked, a calm, elegant off drive to mid-off and slick running brings him a single

Here comes Watson, arms pumping - almost Richard Hadlee style, though without the effortlessness


Watson to Jayasuriya, FOUR, oh, poor ball from Watson - down the leg side and he flicks it, easily, neatly, past Tait at short fine-leg for four


Watson to Jayasuriya, no run, an ugly mow across the line but straight to mid-on


Watson to Jayasuriya, no run, pushed out to cover - Hogg, I believe it is out there, though I can't quite see - who flings in a very sharp throw to Gilchrist, and Jayasuriya is rather fortunate his captain is more aware than he is...sending him back in a hurry

End of over 21 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 131/2 (151 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.23, RRR: 8.88)

    • ST Jayasuriya 60 (63b 9x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 3 (3b)
    • SR Watson 6-0-42-0
    • GB Hogg 2-0-11-1

Here's Hogg once more


Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, very well bowled indeed, Hogg, tossing it up just above Jayawardene's eye line who backs away from the ball before clamping down on it


Hogg to Jayawardene, 2 runs, very neatly, classily played indeed, stepping away and angling it with little regard for the orthodox, down to third man


Hogg to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed out to cover


Hogg to Jayasuriya, 1 run, ooh a quicker one, excellent line here from Hogg and the left-hander is back and across, chopping it down at the last moment


Hogg to Jayawardene, FOUR, terrific shot - a very bold stroke, in fact, sweeping it well in front of him, scooping it behind square for four


Hogg to Jayawardene, no run, a surprise full toss which, surprise surprise, takes the batsman by surprise who unsurprisingly can't make anything of it, hitting it straight to mid-off

The Sri Lankan fans - and their horns - are loving this

End of over 22 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 139/2 (143 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.31, RRR: 8.93)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 10 (8b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 61 (64b 9x4)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-19-1
    • SR Watson 6-0-42-0

It's Clarke into the attack

Sri Lanka are "behind" in terms of Duckworth and Lewis. They would need to be 157 for 2 as they currently stand. No, I don't understand it either - but let's not worry ourselves over such mathematical nightmares until it rains again. Which it may not


Clarke to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of a length and clattered over midwicket with intent, if not placement

It is looking slate-grey out there. The skies, that is


Clarke to Jayawardene, 2 runs, they're attacking Clarke here. Just short of a length and the captain swings at it, pulling it mercilessly but top-edging it just over midwicket


Clarke to Jayawardene, 1 run, late cut past backward point. No - Hogg dives, quite brilliantly, to save at least two, and probably four

Super work from The Tongue there


Clarke to Jayasuriya, 1 run, "Come on, Pup" screams Gilchrist to Clarke who drops this short, allowing Jayasuriya to clatter it off the back foot to long-on


Clarke to Jayawardene, 1 run, too short, swung over midwicket and it falls safe of deep midwicket


Clarke to Jayasuriya, OUT, goddim! A terrible shot from Jayasuriya, skipping down the pitch to a fullish delivery which just turned away from him, the ball keeping very low, and his off stump is knocked back

ST Jayasuriya b Clarke 63 (108m 67b 9x4 0x6) SR: 94.02

Sri Lanka need to be on 162 after that wicket, in terms of messers Duckworth and Lewis. They're some way behind that, perhaps hence Jayasuriya's careless slog, trying to get quick runs

Andrew Miller is afraid. "Yet more smeggy clouds over my shoulder I'm afraid." And the wind's getting up, too. "We're about to get wet. Not that it matters now."

End of over 23 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 145/3 (137 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.30, RRR: 9.13)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 14 (11b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-6-1
    • GB Hogg 3-0-19-1

McGrath to Jayawardene, 1 run, late-cut down to third man, deftly played


McGrath to Silva, no run, and he plays and misses at this - a good one outside off which rattles into the wicketkeeeper's gloves


McGrath to Silva, no run, ooh close once more, just a little wider of the off stump and he again plays and misses

It's fairly chucking it down now

The light's terrible, too, I'm afraid to say


McGrath to Silva, no run, just short of a length - wider, too - and he tries to uppercut it but again misses


McGrath to Silva, 1 run, elegantly driven on the front foot, opening the face of the bat down to third man


McGrath to Jayawardene, 1 run, again late cut down to third man. Skillfully played...but Sri Lanka need a lot more than deft cuts at the moment

It looks very grim out there. Wet, windy and dark - like Headingley on a summer's day.

End of over 24 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 148/3 (134 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 9.57)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 16 (13b 1x4)
    • LPC Silva 1 (4b)
    • GD McGrath 5-0-25-0
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-6-1

169 is the par Duckworth Lewis score...and they're some way behind it. Incidentally, there is just an hour of daylight left, too


Tait to Jayawardene, no run, ooh a bouncer - a good one, were it not wide. But remarkably it's not called a wide - it sailed over the batsman's head who couldn't have reached it with two bats, let alone one

Ranjit Fernando has just come up with another howler on TV, his 532nd of the competition, claiming Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996 on Duckworth-Lewis. Even Botham sounded as if he had had enough ...

Boos out in the crowd as Ponting runs around to get some sawdust to protect the bowler's footholes. And as I type, the rain really is coming down quite hard now. What a miserable way in which to end a tournament - a soggy, damp, glib end. But how apt


Tait to Jayawardene, no run, short, and he goes for a pull but he can't connect and it flies through to the wicketkeeper

The umpires meet again in the middle...but decide on nothing in particular. Oh, but wait - there's some blue sky, in fact, breaking the slate-grey clouds above. Perhaps they're waiting for that to shift


Tait to Jayawardene, 1 run, a little fuller this time allowing him to come forward and pick it up down to long-on


Tait to Silva, no run, sliced on the front foot, with one hand coming off the bat, to Clarke at backward point who is almost winded there, hit in the chest


Tait to Silva, no run, uppishly spooned just in front of Clarke who treads cautiously around to field

And to take you through the next few overs it'll be Jenno. T'ra from me. H'lo again everyone.

Right. What else can I tell you? Not an awful lot to be honest. I suppose you could pop over and read the bulletin, have a look at the gallery for the TV-less among you. Scrap that...here come the players!

The covers are coming off (we think), though it's looking increasingly gloomy and dark out there. Ah, there's a groundsman with a very fine mop of dreadlocks (collective term for dreadlocks, anyone?) sweeping the muddy, rain-soaked pieces of loose pitch from the wicket...and mopping the puddles, too. So it does look reasonably promising and we'll keep you updated.

At the end of this over, Sri Lanka's required Duckworth Lewis total would have been 175. And they're some way short of that, meaning Australia would win. Sri Lanka must be desperate, absolutely desperate to get back on the pitch. There is something infinitely wrong in leaving Duckworth Lewis to decide a final.

Another discussion between the umpires, I'm afraid, and the crowd are booing. The skies are clearing up; the rain relenting but off they go. It's a fair decision, to be honest, in spite of the slight improvement in the weather. It does look better but the ground is slippery and wet - it's been raining pretty heavily, after all - but that looks like our lot for the day.


Tait to Silva, 1 run, on off, just back of a length and that's poked down to third man

Just to let you know, the required Duckworth Lewis total after 25 overs is 175.

The sawdust has created a splendid marbled effect on the pitch, by the way.

Watson's limbering up at the Malcolm Marshall End.

End of over 25 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 150/3 (132 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 10.15)

    • LPC Silva 2 (7b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (16b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 5-0-35-0
    • GD McGrath 5-0-25-0

Watson to Silva, 1 run, rushes that one up there on off, it doesn't get up, but it's played too late with a straight bat

Jayawardene just takes his guard again


Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, outside off, Jayawardene crouches into a neat cut and they shuffle through

"It should be a Marley of locks" says Martin. There's a hold-up because Sri Lanka aren't quite sure what they're chasing right now. Nobody knows the target, which is about as useful as a very useless thing.

Lots of Aussie hands on lots of Aussie hips, both on the balcony and the field.


Watson to Silva, 2 wides, a pretty wide down leg, the batsman swivels round to give game chase, but Bucknor correctly calls it


Watson to Jayawardene, 1 run, oh, nice nip of pace there, cutting back in at the righthander and popping just a touch, with a nice wristy cut and some quick running


Watson to Silva, 1 run, comes forward and closes his bat down into his pad to squeeze out a quick single into short cover


Watson to Jayawardene, OUT, on middle-and-leg and that's a throaty gurgle of a roar for lbw, and it looks like a good shout, and the umpire agrees

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Watson 19 (31m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

The scoreboard and the match referee don't agree on the run rate. Give us an F... give us an A... give us an R... give us a C...etc. And of course that wicket will cause the rate to be adjusted again. The D/L method is a pretty good system - but it just needs to be applied properly, and it's not being.

Dilshan comes in and scratches out his guard in the meantime.


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, attempted yorker just to say turns into a very low and flat full toss, straight, which is swished off the toes to midwicket with a gentle nudge

Clarke comes back into the attack

End of over 26 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 157/4 (112 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.03, RRR: 11.20)

    • TM Dilshan 1 (1b)
    • LPC Silva 4 (9b)
    • SR Watson 7-0-49-1
    • SW Tait 5-0-35-0

Clarke to Dilshan, 1 run, round the wicket, floats that wide outside off. There's a full-blooded attempt to cut that, but he doesn't quite connect


Clarke to Silva, SIX, top shot, really very good indeed. A half-tracker that just hits a squidgy part of the track and sits up innocently, only to be hooked with consummate timing, flat, over midwicket


Clarke to Silva, 1 run, dinked forward


Clarke to Dilshan, 1 run, on one knee and that's an attempted reverse sweep which finds the fielder


Clarke to Silva, 1 leg bye, on leg and that's swept behind square. There's the "Hooo" part of an appeal but wzat's not out, missing leg


Clarke to Dilshan, no run, on leg and that's shuffled forward

The target is confirmed - it's 269 off 36.

And the umpires are now changing the ball. On runs Billy Bowden looking like Madonna on the Blonde Ambition tour - all tight black lycra and headset. And that's probably the first and last time Billy will be compared to Madge, as she hates to be called.

End of over 27 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 167/4 (102 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 11.33)

    • TM Dilshan 3 (4b)
    • LPC Silva 11 (12b 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-15-1
    • SR Watson 7-0-49-1

Bracken into the attack and he's coming round the wicket


Bracken to Silva, 1 run, dropped. That travelled back at face height, so Bracken did well to even clasp at it and get a hand to it


Bracken to Dilshan, FOUR, width outside off, Dilshan plants his left leg towards mid-on and opens up to give himself room to drive through cover. Great timing


Bracken to Dilshan, 1 run, gives himself room again, but this time picks out a fielder with the cover-drive


Bracken to Silva, FOUR, horrible delivery and help yourself - well turned off his thighs behind square, a very neat flick through fine leg


Bracken to Silva, no run, over the wicket and the batsman pokes out as that one seams past him and slightly away - Gilchrist whips the bails off but the stumping was never really on


Bracken to Silva, 1 run, over again and that's pushed across him once more, but with a touch more room and a flatter angle, so it's easily driven out to cover

Tait back into the attack now

End of over 28 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 178/4 (91 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.35, RRR: 11.37)

    • LPC Silva 17 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 8 (6b 1x4)
    • NW Bracken 6-1-34-1
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-15-1

Tait to Silva, 1 run, slings that one in on middle and it's played forward into the covers

Symonds has got the job of chief dusterman, just wringing out the ball with the cloth


Tait to Dilshan, no run, a touch of width, but that's cut straight to the fielder and without much power either

A cluster of Aussies wearing green and that metallic gold. No sign of the canary yellow in there, disappointingly


Tait to Dilshan, 1 run, a slither of room outside off but Dilshan forces it out to cover


Tait to Silva, no run, on off and there's a mistimed pull up towards mid-on, not at all where he intended that to go


Tait to Silva, 1 run, the batsman steps back as the bowler runs in, and then strides into a flashing cover-drive which again picks out a fielder


Tait to Dilshan, FOUR, low full toss and that's swiped away with a deliciously timed pull through midwicket - clean shot, cool result

Exactly two a ball required now as the light fades. Speaking of lights coming down, it's McGrath to end his one-day career...

End of over 29 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 185/4 (84 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.37, RRR: 12.00)

    • TM Dilshan 13 (9b 2x4)
    • LPC Silva 19 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 6-0-42-0
    • NW Bracken 6-1-34-1

McGrath to Silva, 1 run, he's still got the fire and bangs that one in, which doesn't lift because of the bogginess of the wicket and it's muscled into short midwicket


McGrath to Dilshan, no run, pings that one in on that maddening length he favours, and the batsman steps back to swipe on his back foot, and connects with air only


McGrath to Dilshan, 1 run, that one cuts in off the seam, there's a dab down and a tip-and-run to make coaches everywhere proud


McGrath to Silva, 1 run, short and that's pulled easily and with great timing through midwicket

Putting this into some perspective, we are hearing that Colombo has been blacked out because suspicious airplanes have been sighted flying towards the Sri Lankan capital.


McGrath to Dilshan, no run, a testing delivery, a bouncer which follows the batsman and he backs away enough at the end


McGrath to Dilshan, OUT, on off, quicker than expected, and that was tucked down to third man. Some great work from Clarke and McGrath there, as Dilshan slipped on setting off - a throw heading just towards the stumps, McGrath takes it in front and takes off the bails

TM Dilshan run out 14 (20m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 107.69

Arnold comes to the crease in his last international match for Sri Lanka

End of over 30 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 188/5 (81 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.26, RRR: 13.50)

    • LPC Silva 21 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 6-0-28-0
    • SW Tait 6-0-42-0

Clarke to Arnold, 2 wides, down leg and that's a really wide


Clarke to Silva, OUT, comes down and swats the air with a huge swipe aiming for midwicket. Misses it completely and the ball plinks into the sticks

LPC Silva b Clarke 21 (41m 22b 1x4 1x6) SR: 95.45


Clarke to Vaas, 2 runs, outside off, cut down, and McGrath tiptoes across at third man - it's immensely boggy down there - to pick up the ball


Clarke to Vaas, no run, up there and that's driven slowly to cover where Clarke races around to pick up the ball one-handed. Good racing


Clarke to Vaas, no run, too late on that shot, cutting over it


Clarke to Vaas, no run, down the off channel again and once more aims a slash at that one, this towards cover, but it goes through to Gilchrist


Clarke to Vaas, no run, "Oh yes, Clarkey!" cries Gilchrist as the batsman is tucked up yet again, Clarkey no doubt whispering a bedtime story of goodnight while he's at it

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 192/6 (77 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.19, RRR: 15.40)

    • WPUJC Vaas 2 (5b)
    • RP Arnold 0 (0b)
    • MJ Clarke 3-0-19-2
    • GD McGrath 6-0-28-0

McGrath to Arnold, 1 run, McGrath finds some hostility again, a straight bouncer that's well poked down late, off the back foot

McGrath's got a white tail of a cloth poking out of his back


McGrath to Vaas, no run, on leg and that's worked into short midwicket

The horns of plenty are still going


McGrath to Vaas, no run, tried to steer that one - on middle - into midwicket, but realised the length was tidy and stopped on the shot

The light's deteriorating and has possibly just been offered - they continue anyway


McGrath to Vaas, 1 run, short and pulled up, but safe, into midwicket


McGrath to Arnold, OUT, nasty ball, especially in this light - a full toss above the waist. But Australia, including McGrath, just smile as Arnold pops up an edge off a pull to Gilchrist... and takes his international bow

RP Arnold c †Gilchrist b McGrath 1 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


McGrath to Vaas, 1 run, up there and that's tucked off the legs to square for an easy run

Just trying to give you an idea of the light - it's not half as dark as Karachi (England in Pakistan in 2000) according to Andrew Miller

End of over 32 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 195/7 (74 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.09, RRR: 18.50)

    • WPUJC Vaas 4 (9b)
    • SL Malinga 0 (0b)
    • GD McGrath 7-0-31-1
    • MJ Clarke 3-0-19-2

Clarke to Vaas, 1 run, a quick single, for what it's worth


Clarke to Malinga, no run, that one stays low as it slinks down the off-side channel


Clarke to Malinga, 1 run, swats at that one, aiming a heave off the back foot to cover


Clarke to Vaas, 1 run, aerial drive over long-off


Clarke to Malinga, SIX, now that's a big one. Malinga's got a great eye, dancing and leaning into that one to sail it over long-on with an admirable aerial drive


Clarke to Malinga, 2 runs, width outside off and that's worked out off the back foot to gully

6.17pm It's what is traditionally known as night. It is so dark but the umpires are now saying the match will continue. Heads should roll for this. The man is out putting the 30-yard circles back out. He needs a torch to do so. The batsmen are heading out to the middle accompanied by a guide dog.

6.15pmThis is a very unfunny joke, almost as if cricket was determined to show the world that it couldn't organise a whatsit in a brewery. The umpires are insisting the game is not over, everyone else thinks it is. Aleem Dar seems to be saying they can all come back tomorrow.

Steve Bucknor's looking quite embarrassed in the background, letting Dar lead the process. Jayawardene is now on the pitch to talk to Bucknor and Bowden.

6.12pmAnd the farce continues! Now the stands for the ceremony have been brought on... and are off again, as the umpires shoo them away. My word. Here's a man who can tell you more, it's Martin.

Now what's this? Aleem Dar is having a word with Australia, telling them they can't yet celebrate. Officially this match isn't over. You couldn't make it up. You don't have to.

In fairness, this doesn't stop Australia celebrating. McGrath's all of a beam and there's a thumbs up and a smile for the tv cameras.

The light's been offered and Sri Lanka have taken it - meaning Australia have won the World Cup again. They certainly deserve it and are huddling in celebration. A bit of a damp squib of an ending, which is of course fitting.

End of over 33 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 206/7 (63 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.24, RRR: 21.00)

    • SL Malinga 9 (4b 1x6)
    • WPUJC Vaas 6 (11b)
    • MJ Clarke 4-0-30-2
    • GD McGrath 7-0-31-1

Symonds bowling


Symonds to Vaas, 2 runs, outside edge through backward point. Even the TV cameras are struggling to follow this


Symonds to Vaas, 1 run, slogged to midwicket


Symonds to Malinga, 1 run, gently floated up, driven to long-on


Symonds to Vaas, no run, driven back to Symonds who hears it coming towards him and fields


Symonds to Vaas, 1 run, flicked to midwicket


Symonds to Malinga, OUT, a big swing and a miss, Gilchrist whips off the bails, Dar calls for the third umpire as he could never have seen that far with any certainty

SL Malinga st †Gilchrist b Symonds 10 (6m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 166.66

The third umpire takes his time. Go on Rudi, no hurry ... and eventually he gives it out. Boos in the crowd are for the ridiculousness of the situation and not for the players

End of over 34 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 211/8 (58 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.20, RRR: 29.00)

    • WPUJC Vaas 10 (15b)
    • A Symonds 1-0-5-1
    • MJ Clarke 4-0-30-2

The post-match entertainers are waiting patiently on the edge of the boundary. You have to feel for them...


Clarke to Vaas, no run, floated up and blocked

Clarke pushing through the over


Clarke to Vaas, 1 run, driven to long-on

"I think Mello should do the presentation ceremony," says Matt Drake. "It would be in keeping with this farce."


Clarke to Fernando, no run, padded into the off side


Clarke to Fernando, no run, forward defensive shot


Clarke to Fernando, no run, blocked again, almost mocking the umpires


Clarke to Fernando, 2 wides, missed sweep down the leg side, Dar signals a wide to the delight of the umpires who feel he has behaved like a complete fool

TV has just shown the stumpcam picture. It is pitch black, seriously, you cannot see a thing


Clarke to Vaas, no run, sorry, no idea as we simply could not see

End of over 35 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 214/8 (55 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.11, RRR: 55.00)

    • WPUJC Vaas 11 (18b)
    • CRD Fernando 0 (3b)
    • MJ Clarke 5-0-33-2
    • A Symonds 1-0-5-1

Symonds to Fernando, no run, left alone


Symonds to Fernando, no run, blocked

Symonds just getting through this as quickly as he can


Symonds to Fernando, 1 run, swung into the leg side


Symonds to Vaas, no run, missed and off the pad


Symonds to Vaas, no run, missed, padded into the leg side

Boos ring out


Symonds to Vaas, no run, missed, a loud appeal, not out but mercifully it's all over and Gilchrist lets out a roar

Well, that's about it. Much will be written about the tournament in the coming days but for now from the whole Cricinfo commentary team, it's goodnight and thank you for staying with us over the last seven weeks. Australia have won the World Cup for the third time in a row. Will they make it four in four in Asia in 2011?

7.08pm At last we are ready to hand over the trophy. And it's Sonn who passes it it to Ponting and the skipper is immediately showered in champagne by team-mates and ticker-tape from off stage. Steel drums burst into life as the Australians adopt the traditional pose for the cameras. The dancers start their act on the outfield. Let the party begin.

7.06pm Tony Cozier interviews Ricky Ponting. "Aw look, an amazing feeling actually. We've got a great support here today, too. Unbelievably proud of what we've been able to achieve. Everything came together for us really well in the final."

7.04pm And now to present the medals to the Australians ... Percy Sonn. Oh Good. Misread things again. It should be a Caribbean legend and not a self-important and unpopular ICC official. Cheers for the players in the squad as they trot up ... McGrath gets a louder than average cheer.

7.02pm Garry Sobers up to present the Player-of-the-Tournament award to ,,, Glenn McGrath. Not a bad way to sign off! "I've really enjoyed this tournament. I just went out there and had fun," he says.

6.59pm Everton Weekes up to present the Man-of-the-Match award to Adam Gilchrist. An easy choice. "A satisfying day and a satisfying finish," he beams. "It's closure on some amazing careers - Glenn McGrath, John Buchanan. "The great thing about walking out to bat with Haydos...it's about the partnership. I want to thank all the team for continuing to show the great belief in me. It's a high standard that these guys and when you're not reaching them, you start to doubt yourself. I want to thank those guys for helping me."

When asked to describe this tournament he calls it: "The never-ending one."

6.58pm Ken Gordon back to present medals to the third and fourth umpires.

6.54pm Now here is Malcolm Speed to present medals to the Sri Lankans ... they come up in turn and are cheered. Jayawardene is interviewed and answers questions warmly and well.

6.51pm Chris Dehring is again booed as he presents a medal to Jeff Crowe, the match referee. And Ken Gordon gets more boos as he presents medals to the umpires ... they get warm applause, rightly. Dehring comes forward ... again ... to present a medallion to the groundsman.

6.46pm Percy Sonn up to say a word. Oh good. Usual platitudes ... thanking everyone who has "contributed to the success of the tournament". Well, he has been in South Africa for most of it, so he can be forgiven. Just what the crowd wants after a long day, much of it in the rain. Percy in full list-achievements-and-records mode. Can we see the cup presented please? Nope ...he's thanking global partners and generous sponsors. This man can really fail to grasp what the people want ... and not even a passing mention of Bob Woolmer.

6.44pm Tony Cozier introduces the dignitaries. Sonn sneaks in almost unnoticed. Speed gets booed. Good. Ken Gordon gets booed. Chris Dehring gets booed ... a lot. Everton Weekes gets a loud cheer. Garry Sobers gets a really loud cheer. Cozier thanks the volunteers, and they have done a great job in trying circumstances, and the fans and the people of the Caribbean. And then he ruins it by thanking the daft Mello.

6.42pm We have arc lights in place which have lit up the outfield ... not sure why they could not have been used in the last few overs, but the rules almost certainly forbade them. But it means that the dancers will get their moment. Almost ready for the presentations and accompanying ceremony.

6.40pm It's really a sad finish for the Caribbean. We have dancers who have been rehearsing for ages for the post-match celebrations out in the middle around the podium, but nobody can see them as it is now night. Clearly, nobody stopped to consider that the game might not finish on time. Meanwhile, Australia are lapping up the acclaim of their supporters, as well they might.

6.30pm Congratulations to Australia who were the best team from the first match and maintained their relentlessly high standard throughout. Sri Lanka gave them a game but on the day came up just short.

There's a certain irony that cricket's four-yearly showcase ended in farce ... Australia, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean and millions of spectators deserved more but given what has gone before today, it was almost inevitable. You can spin it all you like, this tournament has not done the game any favours and people at the top, if they had any decency, would be contemplating their futures. But we all know that won't happen.

The late start and finish at least means that the post-match waffle from the great and good of the game - the officials, not the players - will be mercifully curtailed. I imagine that Malcolm Speed is relieved given that he will hardly be expecting a reception accorded to a returning hero. Percy Sonn could set a record here ... he was booed in 2003 after his trouser episode, so could achieve a unique double.

Australia acknowledge their supporters on a lap of honour as the lights from the stands dazzle out into the night.

Australia win by 53 runs Smiles all round as the two teams shake hands. They have given us good entertainment today. Adam Gilchrist: "We're thrilled. Great support, yeah. Amazing feeling. Really pleasing to do it [get a hundred] on an important day."

"Bit dark at the moment," deadpans McGrath, "but loving every minute."

The helpers are erecting the podium for the presentations ... in complete darkness.

All shake hands with McGrath as he heads off with a stump. He really deserved to go out on a high, and while he has in that he finishes with a winner's medal, the end has been so unsatisfactory.

Australia celebrate, as well they might. The ground is strangely quiet, as if the fans know they have again been sold down the river. Australia huddle again. Ponting's all a-beaming. We're getting a strange sense of deja vu.

End of over 36 (1 run) Sri Lanka 215/8 (54 runs required)

    • WPUJC Vaas 11 (21b)
    • CRD Fernando 1 (6b)
    • A Symonds 2-0-6-1
    • MJ Clarke 5-0-33-2





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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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