2007 watched the cricket world cup being transferred to the West Indies for the first time and having an ever vibrant and colorful culture the Caribbean had on offer, this was going to be a mouth watering prospect. 16 teams took to the west indies to stop the dominance that the Australians was enjoying for the past years and the home country had a major heritage in the likes of Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards and Malcolm marshal to live up too.
The teams were split into four classes and the winners of each group could finally be facing off in the semi finals. This resulted in south Africa, sir lank, new Zealand and the two times defending champions Australia to be eligible as the four teams to qualify to the second last round of this championship. Among the key highlights of the tournament was Pakistan’s shocking defeat to Ireland that sent them packing for yet another poor performance in 2007.
In both semi finals that happened, sir lank hammered the kiwis and walked off with a simple 81 run victory to cement a place in their second ever world cup final. South Africa appeared to have bundled under stress as the other semi final between the winners, Australia and they appeared to be a one affair. After being bowled out for a complete as low as 149, the south Africans were not able to include the hussies and handed them a simple 7 wicket win that gave them yet another opportunity to play at the world cup final.
So for the third consecutive time, Australia were likely to be enjoying a final against a team from Asia and each one was thinking whether any facet from that area would prove to be third time lucky. Adam Gilchrest had other plans; on a fairly placid track, he absolutely murdered the sir Lankan bowling and scored 149 runs at a staggering pace with a superb mixture of hard hitting and positioning. Australia went on to post 281 and though the sir Lankans got off to a excellent beginning courtesy Senath, they could never keep up with the required run rate in a rain effected match to deliver the hussies a third successive plus a fourth overall grup piala dunia. Glenn McGrath as with his 26 wickets and Mathew Hayden as with 659 runs directed the lists for the most successful bowler and batsmen respectively.