Thursday, March 29, 2007

Australia beat West Indies in Super 8

Sydney Morning Herald
Glenn McGrath ended within one wicket of the World Cup bowling record with his 3-31 in Australia's 103-run win over West Indies in their Super Eights match in Antigua.
McGrath now has 54 World Cup wickets in 32 games, one behind Pakistan great Wasim Akram's 55 in 38 matches.
Spinner Brad Hogg also took three wickets for Australia after the game was forced into a second day by rain on Tuesday.
Starting their innings chasing 323 to win, the hosts were bowled out for 219 in 45.3 overs with skipper Brian Lara making 77 and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin adding 52.
Australia's bowlers sliced easily through the West Indies top order, taking three for 20.
Shaun Tait struggled early with his radar but got one on target to have Shivnarine Chanderpaul out lbw for five.
McGrath replaced Tait for the eighth over and struck with his second delivery as Chris Gayle top-edged a pull shot to mid-on for two off 23 balls.
Marlon Samuels (4) fell to a wild slog which flew very high, but only as far as cover in McGrath's next over.
Ramnaresh Sarwan (29) put on 71 for the fourth wicket with Lara but ruined his good work with an undisciplined swipe to mid-wicket, charging at a full-toss from spinner Brad Hogg and smashing it straight to Ricky Ponting.
Hogg made the key breakthrough in the 36th over when he trapped Lara lbw after a brilliant rearguard effort off 83 balls with flashes of brilliance, including eight fours and one six over long-off.
Matthew Hayden's 158 - the highest score by an Australian in a World Cup game, powered his side's 6-322 from their 50 overs on Tuesday, before persistent rain forced the match into the reserve day.
The dashing knock added to records Hayden has been racking up since his recent return to the one-day side after being dropped in October 2005.
He also owns Australia's highest one-day international score (181no v NZ last month) and fastest ODI century (off 66 balls v South Africa last weekend).
Coach John Buchanan rated Tuesday's innings among the finest by Hayden, who also holds Australia's Test record score of 380.
Hayden averages 62.18 from 19 innings since being recalled in September last year against a career ODI average of 42.33.
Australia next play Bangladesh on Saturday in Antigua.
Hayden was named man of the match.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who made another good contribution with the bat with his 35 alongside Michael Clarke's 41, said his side's big winning margins so far in the tournament didn't concern him.

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