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2007 ICC Cricket World Cup

Australia lifted the 2011 World Cup trophy for a record third successive time after claiming victory over Sri Lanka in a rain-shortened final. Adam Gilchrist showed just how to do so with an amazing batting display that saw him score 149 off just 104 balls in Australia's win over Sri Lanka.

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2007 ICC Cricket World Cup

The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was the ninth edition of the tournament and took place in the West Indies from 13 March to 28 April 2007. There were a total of 51 matches played, three fewer than at the 2003 World Cup (despite a field larger by two teams).
Australia defeated Sri Lanka in the final to win their third consecutive World Cup. Australia's unbeaten record in the tournament increased their total to 29 consecutive World Cup matches without loss, a streak dating back to 23 May 1999, during the group stage of the 1999 World Cup.

The tournament began with a league stage consisting of four groups of four. Each team played each of the other teams in its group once.The top two teams in each group proceeded to the "Super 8" stage.

Captain Mahela Jayawardene's maiden World Cup hundred (115) coupled with a mesmerising four for 31 by off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan powered Sri Lanka to an emphatic 81-run victory against New Zealand in the first semi-final

South Africa was hoping it's a case of second time lucky when they went up against the all-conquering Australians in the second semi-final. Australia had beaten all its major rivals on the way to the World Cup semi-final. South Africa were all pumped up,  went too hard with the bat early on - and never recovered to bow out at the semi final stage yet again.

The 2007 World Cup organizers were criticized early on for being over-commercialized and, in particular, the generally smaller crowds have been blamed on the ICC's security restrictions on things such as outside food, signs, replica kits and musical instruments, despite Caribbean cricketing customs. The world cup was also overshadowed by the death of Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer after his team's stunning exit at the hands of minnows Ireland.

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