They did it again. The Aussies claimed their third consecutive World Cup without losing a single game in the whole championship. Rain and administrative errors did little to dampen their indomitable temperament. In fact the final battle was more a battle of wills than of talent.
Rain, with typical tropical unpredictability, delayed the game for 2 hours and 45 mins. As a result the stipulated 50 overs where reduced to 38 overs. Australia chose to bat and launched a fearless attack on Sri Lankan fast bowlers. Adam Gilchirst stormed to his hundred, the fastest in the history of World Cup finals, with showers of sixes and fours that quickly cracked the Sri Lankan bowling attack. Skilanka’s hopes rested mainly on veterans like Murlitharan and Vaas but both struggled to keep their line and length intact. With the help of a brilliant 149 from Adam Gilchrist Australia scored a daunting 281 from their allotted 38 overs.
The Srilankan attack crumbled before the Australian pacers. Only Jayasurya and Sangakara offered some resistance to the Australians. Rain and bad light contributed to the impression that this indeed was not Srilanka’s day. They scored 215 at the loss of 8 wickets.
The World Cup final marked the end of an eventful World Cup both in and off the field. Major upsets (early departure of India and Pakistan) coupled with the surprised rise of Ireland and Bangladesh to the super eight, rain and bad weather and administrative confusion and the shocking murder of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer. Even though the competition seemed to centre on the runners up title, as the mighty Aussies are invincible to win the World Cup. All these events have made the 2007 world cup quiet memorable
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