At Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, October 18, 2006 (day/night). West Indies won by ten runs. West Indies 2 pts. Toss: West Indies.
Australia's attempt to win the Champions Trophy for the first time was given a severe jolt in their opening match. West Indies steadied themselves after a typically incisive start from the Australian bowlers, then Taylor's pace did the rest after Gilchrist had threatened to take his side home. Gilchrist's run-out after a superb 92 on a two-paced pitch altered the complexion of the game. He and Clarke had added 101, after Taylor and the accurate Bradshaw had induced a slump to 81 for four. When Clarke was fooled by Bravo's slower ball, Hussey was left in charge, but miscalculated for once, took aim at a straight one from Taylor, and missed. Taylor then trapped Lee leg-before, and bowled Hogg with the first ball of the final over, to complete West Indies' first hat-trick in one-day internationals and seal a famous victory. In retrospect, Lara's decision to demote himself to take on the spinners was a masterstroke. From 63 for four, he and Morton added 137, picking up the tempo as they went along before, hindered by back spasms, he was cut down at 71. But Morton stayed there, and even slammed McGrath for a straight six. That summed up Australia's day.
Man of the Match: R. S. Morton.