Australia vs Sri Lanka ICC World Cup 2007 Final Highlights
ICC World Cup 2007 Final: Australia vs Sri Lanka
- The finale of the ICC World Cup was set to be played between Australia and Sri Lanka and the teams faced each other at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Barbados on the 28th of April. Australia chose to bat first as the team won the toss.
- The match received several changes as the weather showed a chance for rain. The number of overs was reduced to 38.
- Australia scored massive 281 runs in 38 overs with 4 wickets down. Adam Gilchrist became the top scorer of the massive finale with 149 runs off 104 balls with 13-fours and 8-sixes included. This became his 15th ODI century, a fifth-century against Sri Lanka in the ODIs, and his first century in the World Cups. Matthew Hayden scored 38 runs off 55 balls with 3-fours and 1-six included, Ricky Pointing made 37 runs off 42 balls with 1-six and 1-four included and Andrew Symonds bagged 23 runs for not-out facing 21 balls with 3-fours included.
- Lasith Malinga picked 2 of the Australian wickets for 49 runs in 8 overs with 1 maiden over included and Dilhara Fernando picked 1 for 74 runs in 8 overs.
- Sri Lanka scored 215 runs in 8 overs as the team targeted to chase the revised target of 269 runs in 36 overs. Sanath Jayasuriya became the team’s top scorer as he made 63 runs off 67 balls with 9-fours included. Kumar Sangakkara made 54 runs off 52 balls with 6-fours and 1-six included, Chamara Silva made 21 runs off 22 balls with 1-four and 1-six included and Mahela Jayawardene made 19 runs off 19 balls with 1-four included.
- Michael Clarke picked up 2 of Sri Lanka’s wickets for 33 runs in 5 overs, Andrew Symonds picked up 1 for 6 runs in 2 overs, Brad Hogg picked 1 for 19 runs in 3 overs, Glenn McGrath picked up 1 for 1 run in 7 overs and Nathan Bracken picked 1 for 34 runs in 6 overs with 1 maiden over included.
- Adam Gilchrist became the Player of the match of the historic finale with 149 runs off 104 balls including 13-fours and 8-sixes at the strike rate of 143.26.
- Glenn McGrath earned his Player of the Tournament with 26 wickets picked up in the tournament.
- Adam Gilchrist’s 100 runs off 72 balls became the second-fastest century by an Australian batsman in the World Cups and fastest century in a World Cup finale. With this, he became the Australian player to hit most centuries against Sri Lanka in ODIs.
- His 149 runs were his third-highest score for Australia in the ODIs, second-highest score against Sri Lanka in the ODIs, second-highest score by an Australian batsman in the World Cups. Likewise, it was the highest score in the World Cup finale.
- The final became exciting as in the last overs, lights were shed on the ground with pavilion lights and 20, 000 flashbulbs.
- With this, Australia lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy for the third consecutive time and became the first team to do so.