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ICC Champions Trophy 2006: Australian supremacy continues

Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting with the ICC Champions Trophy (left); player of the tournament Chris Gayle celebrates his semi-final century (top right); and South Africa's Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers (bottom right) contemplate another exit at the semi-final stage

Despite their experience of pitches on the subcontinent, none of the Asian teams made the semi-finals - but there was no stopping Australia, who had won the 1999 and 2003 World Cups.

In the first semi-final, veteran seamer Glenn McGrath took 3-22 against New Zealand, bowling his 10 overs straight through as the Aussies won by 34 runs.

South Africa had to endure another semi-final exit as player of the tournament Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 133 for West Indies to wrap up a six-wicket win.

It set up an intriguing final - but Gayle lacked much support, top-scoring with 37 as the Windies were skittled for 138, before Shane Watson and Damien Martyn saw Australia home by eight wickets.

see also
ICC Champions Trophy 2009
05 Oct 09 |  Cricket
Champions Trophy team guide
20 Sep 09 |  Cricket

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