2007 Cricket World Cup Final

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2007 ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Final of 2007 Cricket World Cup between Sri Lanka and Australia
Event 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup
Australia Sri Lanka
Australia Sri Lanka
281/4 215/8
38 overs 36 overs
Rain before play reduced the game to 38 overs per side. Sri Lanka's innings interrupted by rain and reduced to 36 overs.
Date 21 April 2007
Venue Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Umpires Steve Bucknor and Aleem Dar
Attendance 28,108
2003
2011

The final of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was played on 28 April 2007 at the Kensington Oval, Barbados. Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs (under the Duckworth–Lewis method) to win their 4th World Cup and 3rd in succession.

Road to the Final[edit]

Australia reached the final by defeating South Africa by 7 wickets, while Sri Lanka reached the final by defeating New Zealand by 81 runs in the semi-finals.

Details[edit]

This was the first World Cup final to be a repeat – the sides previously met in the 1996 World Cup Final, which Sri Lanka won. Australia has won every World Cup match against Sri Lanka apart from that loss.[1] The match was Sri Lanka's second World Cup final appearance and Australia's sixth, their fourth in a row.

Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. However, the start of play was delayed due to rain, and the match was reduced to 38 overs per side. Adam Gilchrist's score of 149 - the highest for an Australian in a World Cup final - helped give Australia an imposing total of 281.[2]

A large crowd of over 10,000 fans welcome the Australian team on completing the first World Cup hat-trick - Martin Place, Sydney.

Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya added 116 for the second wicket, before falling with the score at 123 and 145 respectively.[2] Despite the regular loss of wickets, Sri Lanka managed to maintain a run rate of over 6 an over. Further rain forced the reduction of Sri Lanka's innings to just 36 overs, with the target revised to 269. At the culmination of the 33rd over, with Sri Lanka still trailing the adjusted Duckworth-Lewis target by 37 runs, the umpires suspended the game due to bad light. While Australia's players began to celebrate their victory (since the minimum 20 overs had been reached), the umpires incorrectly announced that because the match was suspended due to light and not rain, the final three overs would have to be bowled the following day. With Sri Lanka needing 61 runs from 18 deliveries, Mahela Jayawardene agreed there was no need to return the following day, and instructed his team to resume batting, with Ricky Ponting agreeing to play only spinners. Umpires later apologized for their error, and that the match should have ended then with Australia winning by 37 runs.[3] The last three overs were played in almost complete darkness, during which Sri Lanka added nine runs, giving Australia a 53-run victory via the DL method, as Sri Lanka had batted 2 overs fewer than Australia.[4]

Australian captain Ricky Ponting

Australia won the tournament undefeated, concluding a streak of 29 World Cup games without a loss.[5] Australian bowler Glenn McGrath was named 'Player of the Series'.[6]

Scorecard[edit]

1st innings
 Australian Batting[7]
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Adam Gilchrist c Silva b Fernando 149 104 13 8 143.26
Matthew Hayden c Jayawardene b Malinga 38 55 3 1 69.09
Ricky Ponting run out (Jayawardene) 37 42 1 1 88.09
Andrew Symonds not out 23 21 2 0 109.52
Shane Watson b Malinga 3 3 0 0 100.00
Michael Clarke not out 8 6 1 0 133.33
Mike Hussey
Brad Hogg
Nathan Bracken
Shaun Tait
Glenn McGrath
Extras (lb 4, w 16, nb 3) 23
Total (4 wickets; 38 overs) 281

Fall of wickets: 1–172 (Hayden, 22.5 ov), 2–224 (Gilchrist, 30.3 ov), 3–261 (Ponting, 35.4 ov), 4–266 (Watson, 36.2 ov)

 Sri Lankan Bowling[7]
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Chaminda Vaas 8 0 54 0 6.75
Lasith Malinga 8 1 49 2 6.12
Dilhara Fernando 8 0 74 1 9.25
Muttiah Muralitharan 7 0 44 0 6.28
Tillakaratne Dilshan 2 0 23 0 11.50
Sanath Jayasuria 5 0 33 0 6.60
2nd innings
 Sri Lankan Batting[7]
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Upul Tharanga c Gilchrist b Bracken 6 8 1 0 75.00
Sanath Jayasuria b Clarke 63 67 9 0 94.02
Kumar Sangakkara c Ponting b Hogg 54 52 6 1 103.84
Mahela Jayawardene lbw b Watson 19 19 1 0 100.00
Chamara Silva b Clarke 21 22 1 1 95.45
Tillakaratne Dilshan run out (Clarke/McGrath) 14 13 2 0 107.69
Russel Arnold c Gilchrist b McGrath 1 2 0 0 50.00
Chaminda Vaas not out 11 21 0 0 52.38
Lasith Malinga st Gilchrist b Symonds 10 6 0 1 166.66
Dilhara Fernando not out 1 6 0 0 16.66
Muttiah Muralitharan
Extras (lb 1, w 14) 15
Total (8 wickets; 36 overs) 215

Fall of wickets: 1–7 (Tharanga, 2.1 ov), 2–123 (Sangakkara, 19.5 ov), 3–145 (Jayasuria, 22.6 ov), 4–156 (Jayawardene, 25.5 ov), 5–188 (Dilshan, 29.6 ov), 6–190 (Silva, 30.1 ov), 7–194 (Arnold, 31.5 ov), 8–211 (Malinga, 33.6 ov)

 Australian Bowling[7]
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Nathan Bracken 6 1 34 1 5.66
Shaun Tait 6 0 42 0 7.00
Glenn McGrath 7 0 31 1 4.42
Shane Watson 7 0 49 1 7.00
Brad Hogg 3 0 19 1 6.33
Michael Clarke 5 0 33 2 6.60
Andrew Symonds 2 0 6 1 3.00

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia v Sri Lanka: World Cup Series Summary". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Gilchrist leads Australia to World Cup treble". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  3. ^ "World Cup Referee apologize". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  4. ^ "World Cup final scorecard". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 30 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Australia v Sri Lanka, World Cup final, Barbados". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  6. ^ "ICC World Cup - Final". Cricinfo. 28 April 2007. Archived from the original on 30 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Final: India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai – ICC World Cup Final 2011". 2 April 2011. Archived from the original on 16 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.