22nd Match, Group F, Cape Town, Sep 20 2007, ICC World Twenty20
(10.2/20 ov)102/0
Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match

So, that's that. Australia wrap up a ten-wicket victory with almost half of their overs to spare, and it is they who march on to the semi-finals where they will be joined by Pakistan, South Africa (barring miracles) and either New Zealand or India.

Sri Lanka's bowlers were on a hiding to nothing once their batsmen had capitulated. Perhaps they were still scarred by their mauling in the World Cup final ... who knows. It was pretty comprehensive either way.

"We were not very consistent, especially with the bat," says Mahela Jayawardene. "We started really well [in the tournament] but the momentum wasn't there for us."

Adam Gilchrist is delighted with his team's performance. "A lot of teams would have liked us to be knocked out today. Hopefully they are a little nervous now."

"Our fielders and our bowlers were outstanding. To chase on that wicket ... it's getting really tired and it would have been difficult. Our bowlers definitely won that match for us."

"We're just happy - we're into the cut-throat part of the competition now. We can enjoy it now it's cut-throat time."

So there we go. We've been Andrew Miller and Jenny Thompson, with Martin Williamson on bulletin duty. Next up is Bangladesh against Pakistan at Cape Town, followed by the big one - India against South Africa at Durban.

Mubarak to Hayden, SIX runs

swing, connect, deposit into the long-on stands. That shot was as vast as the victory itself

Mubarak to Hayden, 2 runs

tucked down to third man with a shimmy at the crease - as if he was in ten minds

end of over 108 runs
AUS: 94/0CRR: 9.40 RRR: 0.80
Matthew Hayden50 (36)
Adam Gilchrist31 (25)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 2-0-13-0
Lasith Malinga 1-0-8-0
Dilshan to Hayden, 1 run

finds the gap on the leg side, and that's Hayden's half-century - his third of the campaign. There's no stopping the ICC World One-Day Player of the Year

Dilshan to Hayden, FOUR runs

thumped this time, with a free swing of the arms. That's pure muscle and deep cover had no chance

Dilshan to Hayden, no run

on the spot and driven hard into the covers. No way through just yet though

Dilshan to Hayden, no run

a rarety - a swing and a miss. Hayden is sizing up a quick kill now

Dilshan to Hayden, 2 runs

clipped down to fine leg again. All too easy

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run

strays onto the legs - or was it deliberate? Either way, another nudged single

end of over 98 runs
AUS: 86/0CRR: 9.55 RRR: 1.45
Adam Gilchrist30 (24)
Matthew Hayden43 (31)
Lasith Malinga 1-0-8-0
Tillakaratne Dilshan 1-0-5-0
Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run

pushed into the covers to complete another productive over for the Australians

Malinga to Hayden, 1 run

more conventional this time, clipped out to deep midwicket

Malinga to Hayden, FOUR runs

how on earth did he pull that off? That was a full-length off-stump delivery, almost a yorker, and yet Hayden picked it up and over long-on! Remarkable

Nice bowling so far ...

Malinga to Hayden, no run

attempted yorker, Hayden clips to midwicket

Malinga to Gilchrist, 1 run

banged in but arrow-straight. Gilchrist hops back and nurdles down to third man

Malinga to Hayden, 1 run

on a good length straight away, Hayden pushes into the covers

Here comes Lasith Malinga. Why he hasn't featured earlier, who knows? What can he conjure up with his incredible slingshots?

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