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On this day: Australian cricket team completed a hat-trick of World Cup titles in 2007

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On this day in 2007, Australia completed a treble of World Cups | Courtesy: @ICC&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspTwitter

Australia have always been a juggernaut when it comes to the ICC ODI World Cups. They have won the elite competition 5 times and have been a dominating force on the World Cup circuit. On this day in 2007, Australia produced a remarkable treble as they clinched the marquee event for a record third time on the trot. It was their fourth title overall back then. In 2007, they had outclassed Sri Lanka by 53 runs in a rain-marred game. The win came through the D/L method. But the cricketing world really bowed down to this giant force, as something of this magnitude was previously unmatched.

After the final win, Australia’s unbeaten run extended to 29 since 1999 and star Australian batsman Ricky Ponting was the captain in 2007. He was also the skipper of the Australian side when they had won the World Cup in 2003 against India in the finals.

Batting first, Australia had reached a mammoth total of 281 runs in the first innings on the back of a superlative knock by wicketkeeper-batsman, Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist had smashed 149 runs in just 104 deliveries and sent jitters down the spines of all Sri Lanka bowlers. His outstanding knock was laced with 13 fours and 8 sixes. Matthew Hayden was the second-highest run-getter in that innings and he managed to muster 38 runs. Because of the inclement weather, Sri Lanka were allotted a total of 269 in 36 overs.

In front of a full-throng bowling attack, Sri Lanka had started off briskly. Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara were standout players and they had notched up scores of 63 and 54 runs respectively. But the menacing Australian bowlers ripped through the attack and dismissed them. After their departure, the other batsmen looked clueless and eventually Sri Lanka succumbed to the loss. From 145-3, Sri Lanka slumped to 211-8 and gifted away the win to the Australians.  

Australian speedster Glenn McGrath played a pivotal role in Australia’s triumph in 2007. He picked up 26 wickets in the tournament and deservedly won the man of the tournament award. He had an excellent economy rate of 4.21 in the tournament

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