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28th April 2007: Australia Make it Three in a Row

Cricketnext Staff |April 28, 2019, 1:02 AM IST
28th April 2007: Australia Make it Three in a Row

Australia have been the most successful team in the history of World Cups, having lifted the title a record five times since the inception of the championship in 1975. But from 1999 till 2007, Australia dominated the tournament unlike ever seen before, by winning three editions in — 1999, 2003 and 2007.

On this day in 2007, Australia completed a hat-trick of world titles (four overall till 2007) by beating Sri Lanka by 53 runs in a rain-curtailed final at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Batting first, riding on opener Adam Gilchrist's scintillating century, the Aussies posted 281 in their designated 50 overs. The southpaw was at his sublime best as he bludgeoned 149 runs off 129 balls, which included 13 fours and 8 huge six.

Sri Lanka were right in the chase when Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumara Sangakkara stitched a century stand for the second wicket. However, once Sangakkara fell for his individual score of 54, Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals and fell behind the scoring rate. The rain didn't help their cause either as in the end, Australia won the match convincingly, via the Duckworth and Lewis method.

Later, Gilchrist revealed that he had a squash ball inside his gloves while he stuck that majestic century. This created quite an uproar as many felt it gave the Aussie an undue advantage over the Lankan bowlers.

"(It was) the guy (Bob Meuleman) who helps me with my batting at home. I had a squash ball in my bottom hand in the glove that I use in training just to help with my grip," said Gilchrist.

"His last words to me before I left the indoor training centre where I train with him in Perth were 'if you are going to use it, make sure when you score a hundred in the final you show me and prove to me you got it in there'.

"I had stayed true to that," said Gilchirst.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
2
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
6
BAN
6 2 3 1 5 -0.40
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
6 0 6 0 0 -1.71

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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