Australia win Champions Trophy 2006- beat the West Indies

 It was the only trophy which was not present in the cabinet of the all conquering men from Down Under. And yesterday, the ICC Champions Trophy became the newest addition to the already crowded Aussie cabinet.

The Aussies won their first World Cup in the subcontinent in 1987 and 2006 saw them win their first Champions Trophy. A victory made sweeter by the fact that they lost their first game to the Windies and then won all their games ( which were effectively knockout games).

Brian Lara won the toss and choose to bat. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle started to go bang bang as the Aussie bowlers came in for some serious hammering. Brett Lee was spanked for 36 off his three overs as the ball flew to all parts of the park.Chanderpaul dragged one back on to his stumps, and Sarwan fell soon after. Gayle continued batting though and the score read 79/2 after 9 overs. I am sure Ponting would have had serious doubts on whether to take the next powerplay, given the murderous mood Gayle was in. But then Bracken produced a gem of a delivery to bowl Gayle-a delivery which probably won the Trophy for the Aussies. The delivery was the turning point of the game and a match which promised so much at an stage, went into a rot. The Windies were shot out for 139.

The stage was thus all set for the Aussies. Gilchrist and Ponting fell without contributing muych though. Watson and Martyn started off cautiously and then rain struck. Rain in November in Mumbai is as rare a sight as humans in the Antarctic, some people tell me 🙂

It looked that even God didn’t want the Aussies to win. But the rain eventually stopped and a revised target was set under the Duckworth Lewis method. The Aussies broke no sweat and  Martyn and Shane Watson guided them  home.

I have to say that the West Indies weren’t the best team to be in the final. They did raise their performance when it was required, but they disappointed one and all in the final. They flipflopped from looking an unbeatable team one day to a team not deserving to contest a final the other. To cut a long thing short ‘ Bennett King’s men are consistently inconsistent 😀 .

Only consolation for the Windies. Gayle being named player of the tournament. This performance would have given them hope of performing well at the World Cup to be held at home a little while from now.

Chris Gayle

Pic courtesy sporting-heroes.net

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  1. Awesome performance, what do teams have to do to win the World Cup?

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