BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 28, 2007 – Australia has proven for the fourth time since Cricket World Cup started in 1975 that they are the best team in the world, the undisputed champions of cricket. They beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs before an audience of thousands of jubilant Australian fans in Barbados.
In this game as in 2003, they also won each game they played.
The team led by Rickey Ponting pulled a hatrick victory at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, Saturday, repeating similar victories at Lord’s in England (1999) then at Wanderers in Johannesburg (2003).
The match was deja vu of the 1996 finals when the same two teams, Sri Lanka and Australia, battled in Lahore. Australia lost to Sri Lanka by seven wickets but not so this year.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Ponting and his team in a rain-affected match that reduced the number of overs to 38 made 281 for four. Mahela Jayawardene and his team made 269 for eight in 36 overs before play was stopped because of bad light.
Of the nine Cricket World Cups hosted since 1975, Australia was a finalist in six. They lost to the West Indies in the first ever game in 1975 and never made it against into the finals until 1987 when they beat England by seven runs. They were back into the finals nine years later losing to Sri Lanka but from the following games in 1999 they stayed on the winning side beating Pakistan (1999), India (2003), and Saturday Sri Lanka.