The defending champions, Australia emerged as the winners with a Hat Trick world cup champions title in Barbados, West Indies which the West Indies team themselves failed to get Hat Trick when they had a chance in 1983.
AT THE END, UMPIRES CREATED RULES DRAMA AND THE PUNTER GETS THE STICK FROM UMPIRES AFTER EVERY ONE CELEBRATED AUSSIES WIN.I FELT SIMPLE NONSENSE RULES DRAMA OF WORLD CUP CRICKET 2007 TO END.
54 matches 16 teams and ONLY one team Australia played like true champions and proved once again in this event that no matter which the opponent team is …Australia made sure that they are miles and miles of reach and they made lives of opponent teams miserable.
The top order is been in tremendous form for Aus and never gave its middle order any chance in this whole event. The same repeated today, the Aussie openers slashed SL bowlers taking advantage of toss and the flat batting pitch. The first half looked like Gilchrist against the entire SL team. What a match and right time for Gilchrist to come into superb form. He wasn’t at all violent in this world cup and was very quite but unleashed all his reserved strengths in final match and SL had to bear the brunt of his ruthless hitting. Remember the 2003 finals with India, Indian fans at last in this world cup probably had some thing to rejoice that Team India did not get this kind of brutal strike from these two players Gilchrist and Hayden. Gillie entertained the crowd breaking Ponting’s record of highest individual score in WC finals.
From over three he ripped Vaas bowling apart, Gilchrist taking one stride forward and hits it over the long on, into the stands for a six. Sangakkara stood close to the stumps making Gillie not to charge down the pitch. This did not help SL. Spectators who are disappointed in the morning for rain enjoyed full justice from Gilchrist’s bat. None of the SL bowlers bowled good line. Jayasurya got punished harshly for bowling on Gilchrist’s leg stump. Gillie just picked all the bowlers on a song. Gillie going back foot to Murali seemed dangerous sometimes that he will go LBW. Finally he got out on his 5th chance.
Hayden struggled other end not getting the timing at all on most of the balls. Hayden and Gilchrist have reversed the roles today by Hayden taking the anchor role and Gil a pinch hitter. Heyden became a full time spectator enjoying the fireworks of Gil. Mallinga troubled Hayden but Hayden got lucky many times getting edges to the boundary.
Ponting let Gil run the show till he got settled other end. Ponting did slow the run rate for Aussies otherwise a score of 320 plus must have been possible for Aussies.
Umpire Dar warned Ponting for running on the pitch, first Ponting and then Clarke. It seemed harsh on Umpire part when umpire Dar signaled a dead ball, indicating no run, but the ball counted. A run has been denied to the batsman for running on the pitch. Is Aus mistake to put shane watson early? No big effort from the other batsman put the Target score of Aus to 281.
SL cunning strategy to rest Vaas and Murali did not work, Both got clobbered by Gil. Fernando replacing Vaas in bowling at crucial time pushed SL more into trouble. Maharoof might have been good choice instead of Fernando. A flat pitch did not help Murali do his tricks on Kangaroos.
SL does have blistering players like Gil and that entire burden fell on Jayasurya. Tharanga is the first man to get a paltry score of eight. Jaya needed to pull of an Arvinda de Silva type 1996 performance to have any chance for SL to win this match. Jaya did his job putting bowlers under pressure and Ponting to sweat. Sangakarra celebrated his 200th match in a style with some hard hitting during power play. Sanga is not at all in a good form through out this cup.
The 13th over of McGrath is the time when match swinged into SL favor.
13.6 McGrath to Sangakkara, FOUR
13.5 McGrath to Sangakkara, FOUR
13.4 McGrath to Sangakkara, SIX
When Sangakkara and Jayasuriya were out the match was kind of decided.
Rain created some drama at the end but by that time hopes of SL winning is a distant possibility.
This is a batting pitch and Aussie team did had their troubles restricting SL bowlers. Hogg has succeeded in spin again giving Sangakkara’s wicket as a present to the team. Good captaincy from Ponting by making good bowling changes all the time reserving McGrath for last overs.
Commentators put this winning as “Australia played like machine .. a well oiled machine through out this tournament with out any down time”
World Cup Cricket champions are Australia AGAIN.