Champions Trophy: Australia beat England by 9 wkts

Published: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 7:46 [IST]
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Australia beat England by 9 wickets

Johannesburg: Captain Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson produced a masterclass of ODI batting in a 252-run second wicket stand as Australia thrashed arch-rivals England by 9 wickets to reach finals of Champions Trophy.

Defending champions Australia now meet the winners of Saturday's match between New Zealand and Pakistan in Monday's final at Centurion.

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Watson and Ponting struck undefeated centuries to see off England by nine wickets with 49 balls to spare and book a return to Centurion for Monday's finals. Aussies captain struck 12 fours and a sixer en-route his superb century.

Captain Ponting (111), who scored his 28th century became the first Australian batsmen to register 12,000 runs in the ODI cricket.

Man-of-the-match, Watson 137 (136) slammed 10 fours and seven sixes in his brilliant century.

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Both these batsmen decimated England bowlers and gave no chance of a break through in their 252 run partnership.This is a record for any Australian wicket. Australia's previous best was 237 for the fourth wicket between Ponting and Andrew Symonds against Sri Lanka in Sydney in 2006.

Earlier England recovered from a shaky start to reach 257 in 47.4 overs thanks largely to 80 from  Tim Bresnan at SuperSport Park after skipper Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat.

Strauss was first England batsman to go with the score on 15 as England imploded to 6 for 101 before Bresnan and Luke Wright took the fight to the Aussies and added 107 for the seventh wicket.

PeterSiddle claimed three for 55, fellow paceman Lee took two for 46 and man of the match Watson chipped in with two for 35.


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