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Final: Australia v Sri Lanka
Barbados, 28 April 2007

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A large crowd enjoys the action in Barbados

After a lengthy rain delay, play at the Kensington Oval finally begins at 1715 BST but there will be only 38 overs per side

Gilchrist sees off a ball from Vaas

Australia captain Ricky Ponting wins the toss, opts to bat and sees opener Adam Gilchrist get off to a strong start

Malinga looks the first wicket

Despite this, Lasith Malinga enjoys an impressive opening spell that sees him concede just six runs off his first four overs

The 50 comes up in the 11th over

The other bowlers do not fare as well, allowing Matthew Hayden and Gilchrist to complete their 50 partnership

Sri Lanka's players consider how they will try and break the opening pair

With the score starting to accelerate, captain Mahela Jayawardene (l) discusses how best to make a breakthrough

Gilchrist salutes the crowd after completing his 51st ODI half century

The signs look ominous for the Asian side when Gilchirst completes his half century off only 43 balls in the 14th over

Hayden finds himself on 23 not out at the end of the 17th over, as opposed to Gilchrist's 80 not out

Hayden enjoys a more subdued innings but ably supports as the opening pair take their tally past 100 three overs later

Fernando grimaces during his spell of 0-56 off five overs

Dilhara Fernando is literally brought to his knees by Australia's performance - they are 137-0 after 20 overs

Gilchrist celebrates his achievement with Hayden

The misery continues in the next over when Gilchrist's 72-ball century becomes the fastest ever hit in a World Cup final

Malinga punches the air after taking the first wicket of the day

Sri Lanka finally get the chance to celebrate when Malinga unseats Hayden for 38 in the 23rd over, making it 172-1

Ponting sees off a delivery

Ponting joins the action and puts on 50 with Gilchrist as Australia reach 222-1 at the end of the 30th over

Gilchrist salutes the crowd after his record-breaking innings

Three balls later Gilchrist finds himself on the way to the dressing room after falling to Fernando for a superb 149

Andrew Symonds finishes on 23 not out

Two more wickets fall before Andrew Symonds scores a single off the final ball to help Australia to a total of 281-4

Tharanga heads for the dressing room after scoring only six runs

Sri Lanka's reply receives an early dent when Upal Tharanga falls to Nathan Bracken after facing only eight balls

Sangakkara and Jayasuriya frustrate Australia's bowlers

Kumar Sangakkara is next in and forms a valuable partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya that passes 50 in the 11th over

Sangakkara enjoys a fine innings of 54

The pair go on to score 116 before Sangakkara falls to the spin of Brad Hogg in the 20th over, leaving his side on 123-2

Jayasuriya's resistance ends in the 23rd over

As rain clouds start to gather again, Jayasuriya gets bowled by Michael Clarke for 63 to leave Sri Lanka with an uphill task

Gilchrist congratulates Shane Watson on his wicket

Bad weather sees Sri Lanka's target revised to 269 off 36 overs, a feat made harder by the dismissal of Jayawardene

Gilchrist and Ponting think they have won but theie celebrations turn out to be premature

The batsmen go off for bad light in the 33rd over causing Australia to celebrate but the umpires insist it is not over

Australia's players celebrate World Cup success

The players are forced to complete the final three overs in near darkness but Australia still prevail, winning by 53 runs



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