WC 2003 - Rampaging Aussies lift WC for record third time
Published: Monday, February 17, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
Ponting, Martyn help Aussies post record score
Bangalore: Reigning champion Australia proved too good a team for India as it was thoroughly out done at the Wanderers on Sunday. Australia defeated India by 125 runs after setting a mammoth 360 for an improbable win. The corner stone of Australias effort was a scintillating 140 not by skipper Ricky Ponting.India never looked in the hunt, except for a brief period when Sehwag (82 off 81 balls) was on fire, losing its master batsmen Sachin Tendulkar in the every first over. Although skipper Ganguly (24) tried to hit India out of trouble he departed to an attempted pull to leave India in trouble at 58 for two.India soon lost Kaif a run later to dig itself deeper into trouble. Then for a brief period India looked like fighting back through Sehwag and Dravid and with rain clouds hovering around, it seemed like India had a chance of squeezing home; courtesy Duckworth-Lewis method.Once Sehwag departed to a brilliant run out, it lost whatever slim chance it had of squeezing through. McGrath picked up three wickets, while Brett settled with two. Earlier, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting hit a robust 140 not out to place his team in an impregnable position of 359 for two at the end of 50 over. He was ably supported by Damien Martyn who remained unbeaten on 88 to stitch 234 runs unfinished for the third wicket. However, it was a blistering knock form the blade of Adam Gilchrist 57 (48 ball) that set things up for the reigning champion early in the innings. Hayden too contributed with 37 runs at the top of the order.It was Ponting all the way at the Wanderers as he literally bludgeoned every Indian bowlers on display striking 8 sixes and 4 fours in his innings.