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Champions Trophy final - Aus v WI
Mumbai: 5 November, 2006



ICC Champions Trophy final, Mumbai: Australia 116-2 (28.1/35 overs) beat West Indies 138 (30.4 overs) by eight wickets (D/L method)

By Martin Gough

Ponting, Gilchrist and Hogg hoist the trophy
Australia filled the only remaining hole in their trophy cabinet

Australia eased to their first ever ICC Champions Trophy title, beating West Indies by eight wickets in the final.

Chasing 116 from 35 overs after a rain delay of three hours, Shane Watson and Damien Martyn's unbroken stand of 103 saw them home with 35 balls to spare.

Despite scoring 80 in their first 10 overs, the West Indies were dismissed for 138, losing their last five wickets for 25 runs in eight overs in Mumbai.

Chris Gayle hit 37 from 27 balls but Nathan Bracken claimed three wickets.

Although they have won the last two World Cups, the Champions Trophy had eluded Australia in four attempts prior to this tournament.

And after opting to bat first, it initially looked like West Indies could upset the odds and defend the title they won in England in 2004.

But after an opening stand of 49 between Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul they imploded dramatically, with eight batsmen failing to reach double figures.

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As Australia began their reply 10 overs before the scheduled dinner break, West Indies captain Brian Lara indicated the dire predicament by using spinner Gayle to open the bowling.

Ian Bradshaw's teasing left-arm pace dismissed Adam Gilchrist, groping at his fifth delivery.

Then Jerome Taylor, whose hat-trick helped West Indies beat Australia in the group stages, dismissed Ricky Ponting again as the Aussie skipper tried to play around his pad.

However, the in-form Martyn joined an unusually calm Watson to steady nerves on 45-2 at the interval, with neither man needing to force the pace.

Their only worry as the storm broke was the possibility of having to spend another day away from home with the start of the Ashes Test series less than three weeks away.

The match turned into anticlimax as the third-wicket duo took 18.1 overs to gain the remaining 71 runs needed.

Watson finished on 57 not out with a tame prodded single to take the man of the match award.

Martyn's unbeaten 47 took his aggregate for the tournament to 241 runs.

West Indies had made a confident start but their innings changed dramatically with the dismissal of Gayle, playing inside a delivery that moved off the seam to provide Bracken with his second wicket.

Nathan Bracken
Bracken took two key wickets with slower balls

The Caribbean side had already scored 80 runs, with Chanderpaul hitting four fours and a six as Brett Lee's three-over opening spell cost 36.

Bracken was preferred to McGrath to share the new ball - McGrath replaced Lee and was hoisted for six by Gayle in his first over as he took time to find his length.

Left-armer Bracken used his slower ball to great effect to make the breakthrough, making Chanderpaul play on, and then have Ramnaresh Sarwan caught at mid-off.

But Gayle, who was named player of the tournament after his three centuries in qualifying and the group stages, kept blazing, with 14 runs off three successive deliveries from McGrath.

He brought out the powerful pull and hook but there was also a languid drive through the covers.

Once Gayle fell, though, the brakes went on with just 23 runs coming from the next 10 overs.

Lee returning with less aggression and McGrath settled under less pressure. His first two overs cost 22, his next five just two runs for two wickets.

Lara, whose 71 was key in the last game against Australia, fell to a frustrated prod at his nemesis McGrath, Adam Gilchrist taking a diving catch low.

Runako Morton, the other batting hero of that group match, fell in similar fashion to Lee.

And the last remaining hope, Dwayne Bravo, fell for 21, inexplicably offering no shot to a straight delivery from recalled spinner Brad Hogg that pitched on middle.

Andrew Symonds ran out Corey Collymore to finish the innings in just the 31st over and the weather became the biggest obstacle to an Australian victory parade.

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