Saturday 28 April 2007 

Australia Win ICC CWC 2007 World Cup

Australia lifted the World Cup trophy for a record third successive time after claiming a 53-run victory over Sri Lanka in a farcical ending to a rain-shortened final.

Adam Gilchrist smashed 149 - the highest individual score in a World Cup final - to propel Australia to 281-4 from their allotted 38 overs before the champions restricted Sri Lanka to 215 for eight in extremely bad light.

Sri Lanka, champions in 1996, were set a revised target of 269 off 36 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain halted play for 12 minutes during their run chase.

© Reuters 2007