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Last Updated: Monday, 13 September, 2004, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK
Easy ride for Australia
ICC Champions Trophy, The Rose Bowl
Australia 66-1 (7.5 overs) beat USA 65 (24 overs) by nine wickets

Jason Gillespie
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65 USA v Australia 2004

Australia romped to a nine-wicket victory over USA after bowling the minnows out for just 65 at a chilly Rose Bowl.

Jason Gillespie and Mike Kasprowicz claimed four wickets each to dismiss the Americans for the lowest total in ICC Champions Trophy history.

With star batsman Clayton Lambert nursing a groin injury, only Steve Massiah (23) reached double figures.

And it took just 7.5 overs for the world champions to complete the win, despite losing Matthew Hayden for 23.

Ricky Ponting joined Adam Gilchrist in stand of 25 after Hayden edged Howard Johnson behind while trying to heave the medium-pacer over long off.

Gilchrist survived on 13, when Tony Reid dropped a return catch, and smashed Rashid Zia for the first six of the match to finish proceedings unbeaten on 24.

So one-sided was the contest that a crowd estimated at 1,000-strong was heading home by 1.30pm.

Australia had declared their intent before the match by including four pace bowlers in their side, with veteran Glenn McGrath replacing all-rounder Shane Watson.

And despite a half-hour delay because of overnight rain the course of the match proved predictable after Ponting won the toss and elected to bowl first.

It took Brett Lee two balls to start the demolition as Mark Johnson lost his leg stump when he shuffled too far across in front of his stumps.

The second over brought another wicket as Damien Martyn swooped from cover with a direct hit to remove Leon Romero, who had already been dropped at slip.

Massiah made a defiant start, hooking McGrath over midwicket and straight-driving the fiery Lee but that third-wicket stand of 30 was the only time Australia were frustrated.

Kasprowicz replaced Lee at the Pavilion End, having Rohan Alexander caught behind with his second ball and dismissing Richard Staple with a lucky lbw decision.

Massiah - the only batsman who could deal with the pace - declined to stick around and his attempt to go over the top for the second time brought a steepling catch for mid-off.

Reid went lbw to the very next delivery and at that point Kasprowicz had figures of 4-6 from 16 balls, which became 4-14 from seven overs.

Aijaz Ali avoided hat-trick but was the first of Gillespie's four wickets in as many overs, caught behind off a thin edge.

His 4-15 ranked as the fifth-best analysis ever in this tournament, just below his team-mate.

Australia: R Ponting (cpt), M Hayden, A Gilchrist (wkt), D Martyn, D Lehmann, A Symonds, M Clarke, B Lee, J Gillespie, G McGrath, M Kasprowicz.

USA: R Staple (cpt), R Alexander, M Johnson (wkt), L Romero, S Massiah, J Nasir, D Blake, A Ali, T Read, R Zia, H Johnson.

Report: BBC Five Live's Jonny Saunders

Interview: Australia's captain Ricky Ponting

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