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THE ICC WORLD CUPS IN CAPSULES
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Final: Australia defeats India
by 125 runs
After cruising through the tourna-
ment unbeaten, Australia became only
the second team to retain the World
Cup when it beat India in a lopsided
final at Johannesburg.
Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden
shared an opening partnership of 105
from 14 overs after being put into bat.
Captain Ricky Ponting then smashed
140 from 121 balls in a man-of-the-
match performance to steer Australia
to 359-2---a record for a World Cup
Glenn McGrath caught and bowled
Sachin Tendulkar in the first over of
India s reply. The rain offered India hope
of respite, but conditions improved and
McGrath finished with 3-52 as India
was dismissed for 234.
"When World Cups come around,
you ve got to play your best when it
counts, and we ve done that," Ponting
The success was also notable for the
absence of star spinner Shane Warne,
who was sent home the day before Aus-
tralia s opening match after testing pos-
itive for a banned diuretic.
The first World Cup in Africa was
co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe
and Kenya. Kenya provided the surprise
of the tournament by beating Sri Lanka
on the way to an appearance in the
But the success of Kenya and Zim-
babwe in an interminable tournament
that required 42 games to narrow the
field from 14 teams to six owed much
to the refusal of England and New
Zealand to play in those countries
because of security concerns.
The African nations won the fixtures
by walkovers. Zimbabwe also reached
the second-round Super Six stage.
Final: Australia defeats Pakistan
by 8 wickets
Shane Warne was the star with four
wickets in the final as Australia bowled
out Pakistan for 132 at Lord s and eased
to 133-2 from 20 overs thanks to Adam
Gilchrist s 54 from 36 balls.
Australia s first World Cup since 1987
confirmed its status as cricket s premier
limited-overs lineup but it was two
matches against South Africa that went
down in cricketing folklore.
Australia won the teams first meeting
in the inaugural Super Sixes stage by
five wickets, with Steve Waugh scoring
a match-winning 120. The Australia
captain was dropped by a prematurely
celebrating Herschelle Gibbs when he
was on 56 and was said to have told
the South African, "You ve just dropped
the World Cup."
Waugh denied saying it, but the com-
ment rang true after the teams met in
With victory in sight, South Africa s
Allan Donald was run out with two balls
left following a shocking miscommu-
nication with allrounder Lance Klusener.
The match ended in a tie, with both
teams on 213 all out, allowing Australia
to advance by virtue of its win in the
earlier head-to-head match.
After two losses in its first three
matches, Australia simply hit form at
the right time and rode its luck.
Host England and the fading West
Indies were knocked out in the first
round of the 12-team tournament.
Final: Sri Lanka defeats Australia
by 7 wickets
Aravinda da Silva s all-round brilliance
inspired Sri Lanka to its first World Cup
Da Silva claimed three wickets,
including Mark Taylor and Ricky
Ponting, and two catches as Australia
struggled to 241-7 in the final at Lahore.
He then sealed his third man-of-the-
match award of the tournament with
a stylish 107 not out as his side reached
its victory target with ease.
Sri Lanka s surprising and emotional
win in a tournament it co-hosted with
India and Pakistan ensured the event
at least ended on a high note.
The sixth Cricket World Cup exas-
perated fans with its seemingly inter-
minable group stage, which lasted three
weeks and took in 29 matches before
only eliminating Zimbabwe, Kenya, the
United Arab Emirates and the Nether-
Australia and West Indies forfeited
their group games in Colombo following
a terrorist bombing in the city three
weeks earlier, and still reached the quar-
Perhaps the most memorable
moment of the group stage was pro-
vided by Kenya s rotund wicketkeeper
Tariq Iqbal, who put a series of errors
behind him with a catch to dismiss
Brian Lara in his side s shock 73-run
win over West Indies.
But the tournament reached another
low in the semifinal at Calcutta when
India s fans, outraged by their team s
slide to 120-8 in reply to Sri Lanka s
251-8, began throwing bottles onto the
pitch and lighting fires in the stands.
The game was abandoned, leaving
batsman Vinod Kambli in tears and
giving Sri Lanka a spot in the final.
Final: Pakistan defeats England
by 22 runs
Pakistan lifted the World Cup for the
first time with a 22-run win over Eng-
land in front of a crowd of 87,182 at
the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Imran Khan (72) and Javed Miandad
(58) helped Pakistan set a target of 250,
and Wasim Akram took crucial wickets
in the reply as England fell short, spark-
ing jubilant scenes on the streets of
"It was one of the biggest days in
Pakistan cricket history," Khan said
Co-hosted by Australia and New
Zealand, the 1992 World Cup was the
first to feature colored clothing, a white
ball and matches played under flood-
•Continues on Page A66
FILE-In this April 29, 2007 file photo, Australia's Glenn McGrath, centre, Adam Gilchrist, right, and Ricky Ponting
show off the Cricket World Cup trophy during a photocall in Bridgetown, Barbados. Australia clinched an
unprecedented third consecutive World Cup title in 2007, after a rain-reduced final that ended in farcical
circumstances in Bridgetown, Barbados. AP PHOTO
Australia defeats India
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