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2007 ICC Cricket World Cup
2007 Cricket World Cup logo
Administrator International Cricket Council
Cricket Format One Day International
Tournament Format Round-robin and Knockout
Hosts Flag of West Indies West Indies
Champions Flag of Australia Australia
Participants 16 (from 97 entrants)
Matches Played 51
Most runs Flag of Australia Australia Matthew Hayden (659)
Most wickets Flag of Australia Australia Glenn McGrath (26)
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The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was the 9th edition of the Cricket World Cup tournament that took place in the West Indies from 13 March to 28 April 2007, using the sport's One Day International format. There were a total of 51 matches played, three fewer than at the 2003 World Cup (despite a field larger by two teams).

The 16 competing teams were initially divided into four groups, with the two best-performing teams from each group moving on to a "Super 8" format. From this, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa won through to the semi-finals, with Australia defeating Sri Lanka in the final to win their third consecutive World Cup and their fourth overall. 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 also saw upsets in the first round with tournament favourites India and Pakistan failing to making it past the group stage while Bangladesh, the lowest-ranked Test playing nation and Ireland, an associate (non-test playing) nation, made it to the Super 8's.

Following the tournament the ICC distributed surplus tournament revenues of USD 239 million to its members.

Host selection

The World Cup was awarded to the West Indies via the International Cricket Council's rotational policy. It is the first time the ICC Cricket World Cup has been held in the Caribbean despite the fact that the West Indies cricket team have been the second most successful team in past World Cups.

The United States contingent lobbied strongly for matches to be staged at its newly built cricket ground in Lauderhill, Florida, but the ICC decided to award all matches to Caribbean nations. Bids from Bermuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a second bid by Jamaica were also rejected.

Eight venues across the West Indies were selected to host the World Cup tournament. All host countries hosted six matches with the exceptions of St Lucia, Jamaica and Barbados (the last of which hosted the final) which each hosted seven matches.

The Jamaican Government spent US$81 million for "on the pitch" expenses. This included refurbishing Sabina Park and constructing the new multi-purpose facility in Trelawny – through a loan from China. Another US$20 million is budgeted for 'off-the-pitch' expenses, putting the tally at more than US$100 million or JM$7 billion.

This put the reconstruction cost of Sabina Park at US$46 million whilst the Trelawny Stadium will cost US$35 million. The total amount of money spent on stadiums was at least US$301 million.

The Brian Lara Stadium, in Trinidad, lost its status as a pre-tournament warm-up match venue on 21 September 2006.

Venues

Venue City Country Capacity Matches
Kensington Oval Bridgetown Barbados 31,000 7(Final)
Sabina Park Kingston Jamaica 30,000 7(Semi-final)
Beausejour Stadium [[Gros Islet [[Saint Lucia 20,000 7(Semi-final)
Queen's Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago 26,000 6
Providence Stadium Providence Guyana 15,000 6
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium North Sound Antigua and Barbuda 20,000 6
Queen's Park St.George's Grenada 20,000 6
Warner Park Basseterre St. Kitts 10,000 6
Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Grenada Guyana
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Kensington Oval
Capacity: 31,000
Queen's Park
Capacity: 20,000
Providence Stadium
Capacity: 15,000
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium aerial view Oct 2006 Kensington Oval, Barbados During 2007 World Cup Cricket Final Grenadacricket Smaller Providence Stadium inside
2007 Cricket World Cup venues
Jamaica Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Sabina Park
Capacity: 16,000
Warner Park Stadium
Capacity: 10,000
Beausejour Stadium
Capacity: 20,000
Queen's Park Oval
Capacity: 25,000
Image not available Image not available Beausejour Stadium Cricket St Lucia Queens Park Oval Trinidad

Warm up venues

Venue City Country Capacity Matches
3Ws Oval Bridgetown Barbados 8,500 4
Greenfield Stadium Falmouth, Jamaica Jamaica 25,000 4
Arnos Vale Stadium Kingstown Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 18,000 4
Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago 22,000 4

Qualification

The field of sixteen teams, the largest ever for the Cricket World Cup, consists of all sixteen teams which currently hold One Day International status. This includes the ten full members of the ICC (which all have Test and permanent ODI status).The other six (associate) ODI nations are Kenya (which has ODI status until 2009) and five further teams which qualified via the 2005 ICC Trophy (gaining ODI status until 2009, in the process).

Full Members
Flag of Australia Australia Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
Flag of England England Flag of India India
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Flag of West Indies West Indies Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Associate Members
Flag of Bermuda Bermuda Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

Squads

Main article: 2007_Cricket_World_Cup_squads

There were sixteen teams in 2007 Cricket World Cup. The sixteen teams were asked to announce their final squads by 13 February 2007. Changes were allowed after this deadline at the discretion of the ICCs Technical Committee in necessary cases, such as due to player injury.

Media coverage

The World Cup has grown as a media event with each tournament. The sponsorship and television rights that were awarded primarily to cover the 2003 and 2007 World Cups raised over US$550 Million. The 2007 World Cup was televised in over 200 countries to a viewing audience estimated at more than two billion television viewers and was expected to generate more than 100,000 unique visitors to the West Indies who travelled solely for the tournament.

The 2007 Cricket World Cup featured an orange raccoon-like creature named "Mello" as its mascot. It has been announced during matches that Mello has no race, species, age or gender- it is an attitude, the attitude of the young people of the West Indies. The official song for the World Cup was "The Game of Love and Unity" by Jamaican-born Shaggy, Bajan entertainer Rupee and Trinidadian Fay-Ann Lyons.

The 2007 tournament recorded the highest ticketing revenue for a Cricket World Cup, selling more than 672,000. Although, attendance leading into the semi finals for the 2007 World Cup was 403,000; an average of 8,500 supporters per match.

Leadup

All major Test-playing nations had schedules allowing them to play a large number of One Day International against other major ODI teams just prior to the World Cup. Australia, New Zealand and England took part in the Commonwealth Bank Series where England defeated Australia in the finals. Australia then went to New Zealand for the Chappell–Hadlee Trophy, losing 3–0. South Africa played five ODIs against India (South Africa won 4–0) and five against Pakistan (South Africa won 3–1) while India also played four ODIs against the West Indies (India won 3–1) and four ODIs against Sri Lanka (India won 2–1). Bangladesh played four ODIs against Zimbabwe (Bangladesh won 3–1) and won a tri-series against Canada and Bermuda. The associate ODI teams took part in the World Cricket League, which Kenya won, and were also involved in other series prior to the World Cup.

The rankings of the teams at the beginning of the Cricket World Cup were:

Ranking Team Points
1 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 128
2 Flag of Australia Australia 125
3 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 113
4 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 111
5 Flag of India India 109
6 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 108
7 Flag of England England 106
8 Flag of West Indies West Indies 101
9 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 42
10 Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 22
11 Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya 0
12 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 0% / 69%
13 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 0% / 50%
14 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 0% / 44%
15 Flag of Canada.svg Canada 0% / 33%
16 Flag of Bermuda Bermuda 0% / 28%

Note:Teams 12–16 did not have official ODI rankings leading up to the World Cup; they are ranked based on their win percentage against full members and then wins against associate members prior to the tournament.

Warm-up matches

Main article: 2007 Cricket World Cup warm-up matches

Prior to the main tournament all 16 nations played a series of warm-up matches to prepare, experiment with different tactics and to help them get acclimatised to conditions in the West Indies. The warm-up matches were not considered as official ODIs. The matches were played from Monday 5 March until Friday 9 March. The matches included a surprise victory by Bangladesh over New Zealand.

Opening ceremony

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Opening Ceremony was held on Sunday, 11 March 2007, at Trelawny Stadium in Jamaica.

It featured over 2000 dancers and performers representing all strands of West Indian music, from calypso and ragga to reggae and soca; among the performers were Sean Paul, Byron Lee, Kevin Lyttle, Beres Hammond, Lucky Dube, Buju Banton, Half Pint, Arrow, Machel Montano, Alison Hinds, Tony Rebel, Third World, Gregory Isaacs, David Rudder, Shaggy, the I Threes and Jimmy Cliff.

The ceremony, attended by several heads of state including the Governor-General of Jamaica started with an address by Sir Garfield Sobers; there were messages from the Prime Ministers of Jamaica and Grenada.

Rules and regulations

Matches

The matches were One Day Internationals and operated under normal ODI rules. All matches were to be 50 overs a side unless stated otherwise by the umpires or match referee. A bowler was able to bowl a maximum of 10 overs per match.

In the event of bad weather, each side must have batted a minimum of 20 overs for a result to be declared (if the match was not otherwise won, for example if the team batting second was dismissed before the completion of 20 overs). In the event of bad weather, the Duckworth-Lewis method was applied to determine the result or target. If no result was declared on the scheduled day, the teams returned the next day to complete the game, with the same situation as when the game was abandoned.

There was a new rule regarding referral of catches to the TV replay official (third umpire): if the standing umpires were unable to determine whether a catch had been taken cleanly, and/or whether a claimed catch was a "bump ball", they had discretion to refer the decision to the third umpire. Also, whilst reviewing such a catch via TV replay if it was clear to the third umpire that the batsman did not hit the ball, he was to indicate that the batsman was not out.

Tournament points

In the Group Stage and in the Super 8 Stage points were awarded as follows:

Points
Results Points
Win2 points
Tie/No Result1-point
Loss0 points

The top two teams from each group advanced to the Super 8 stage and any points they earned against the other qualifier from their own group was carried through. Points earned against the non-qualifying teams in the same pool were not carried over. In the Super 8s, each team played the six remaining qualifiers from the other groups and the top four teams went through to the semi-finals. Positions were decided by most points. Where two or more teams were tied on points, the following methods in turn were used to decide which team went through:

  1. Most wins in their group or in Super 8 whichever is applicable
  2. Higher net run rate
  3. Higher number of wickets taken per ball
  4. Winners of head to head matches
  5. The drawing of lots

Umpires

Main article: 2007_Cricket_World_Cup_umpires#Referees

The umpiring panel for the 2007 Cricket World Cup comprised nine umpires from the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires (the only member not included was Darrell Hair), and nine umpires from the international panel. The refereeing panel consisted of seven members from the Elite Panel of ICC Referees, with Clive Lloyd not being included due to his role as West Indies' team manager. Aleem Dar went on to stand as an umpire in his first World Cup final, alongside Steve Bucknor who was appearing in his fifth final in a row – extending his record of four from the 2003 World Cup.

Groups

Seeds

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. Australia, India, England and West Indies were placed in separate pools for logistical reasons, as they were expected to have the most supporters in attendance, and transport and accommodation capacity in the West Indies is limited.

The groups are listed below, with seedings (rankings from April 2005) shown in brackets. Each group played all of its matches at a single ground.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Flag of Australia Australia Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Flag of India India Flag of England England Flag of West Indies West Indies
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Flag of Bermuda Bermuda Flag of Canada.svg Canada Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland

System

The tournament was preceded by a number of warm-up matches to acclimatise the players. The group stage matches started on Tuesday 13 March and finished on Sunday 25 March. There were a total of 24 matches played in the group stage.

The top two teams in each group proceeded to the "Super 8" stage which also used a league system. Each team carried forward its result against the other team qualifying from its preliminary stage group, and played the other six qualifying teams once each. The top four teams in the league qualified for the semi-finals. This system was modified since the previous World Cup, which had a "Super 6" stage rather than a Super 8. The Super 8 stage matches were played from Tuesday 27 March until Saturday 21 April. A total of 24 matches were played in the Super 8 stage.

The top four teams in the "Super 8" advanced to the semi-finals. This was the knockout stage, with the No. 1 team playing the No. 4 team, and the No. 2 team playing the No. 3 team in the tournament. The winners of the two semi-finals played each other in the Final.

All tournament matches have one reserve day (the day after the scheduled day of the match) to allow for matches to be completed in the event of bad weather.

Group stage

Group A

Main article: 2007 Cricket World Cup Group A
Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
Flag of Australia Australia 633000+3.433
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 432010+2.403
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 231020 −2.527
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 030030 −3.793
14 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Australia Australia
334/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
131/9 (40.1 overs)
Australia won by 203 runs
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
16 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
353/3 (40 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
132/9 (40 overs)
South Africa won by 221 runs
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
18 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Australia Australia
358/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
129 all out (26.5 overs)
Australia won by 229 runs
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
20 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
186/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
188/3 (23.2 overs)
South Africa won by 7 wickets
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
22 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
136 all out (34.1 overs)
v Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
140/2 (23.5 overs)
Netherlands won by 8 wickets
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
24 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Australia Australia
377/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
294 all out (48 overs)
Australia won by 83 runs
Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Group B

Main article: 2007 Cricket World Cup Group B
Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 633000+3.493
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 432010 −1.523
Flag of India India 231020+1.206
Flag of Bermuda Bermuda 030030 −4.345
15 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
321/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
78 all out (24.4 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 243 runs
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
17 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of India India
191 all out (49.3 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
192/5 (48.3 overs)
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
19 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of India India
413/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
156 all out (43.1 overs)
India won by 257 runs
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
21 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
318/4 (50 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
112 all out (37 of 46 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 198 runs (D/L)
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
23 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
254/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of India India
185 all out (43.3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 69 runs
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
25 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
94/9 (21 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
96/3 (17.3 of 21 overs)
Bangladesh won by 7 wickets (D/L)
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Group C

Main article: 2007 Cricket World Cup Group C
Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 633000+2.138
Flag of England England 432010+0.418
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya 231020 −1.194
Flag of Canada.svg Canada 030030 −1.389
14 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Canada.svg Canada
199 all out (50 overs)
v Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
203/3 (43.2 overs)
Kenya won by 7 wickets
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
16 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of England England
209/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
210/4 (41 overs)
New Zealand won by 6 wickets
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
18 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of England England
279/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of Canada.svg Canada
228/7 (50 overs)
England won by 51 runs
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
20 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
331/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
183 all out (49.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 148 runs
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
22 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
363/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of Canada.svg Canada
249/9 (49.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 114 runs
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
24 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
177 all out (43 overs)
v Flag of England England
178/3 (33 of 43 overs)
England won by 7 wickets
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Group D

Main article: 2007 Cricket World Cup Group D
Team Pts Pld W T L NR NRR
Flag of West Indies West Indies 633000+0.764
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 331110 −0.092
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 231020+0.089
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 130120 −0.886
13 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of West Indies West Indies
241/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
187 all out (47.2 overs)
West Indies won by 54 runs
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
15 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
221/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
221 all out (50 overs)
Match tied
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
17 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
132 all out (45.4 overs)
v Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
133/7 (41.4 overs)
Ireland won by 3 wickets (D/L)
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
19 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
202/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
204/4 (47.5 overs)
West Indies won by 6 wickets
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
21 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
349 all out (49.5 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
99 all out (19.1 of 20 overs)
Pakistan won by 93 runs (D/L)
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
23 March 2007
(scorecard)
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
183/8 (48 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
190/2 (38.1 of 48 overs)
West Indies won by 8 wickets (D/L)
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Super 8 stage

Main article: 2007 Cricket World Cup Super Eight stage

The top two teams in each first-round group moved on to a "super eight" stage which is scored as a complete round-robin. But each of the eight teams played only six new matches, rather than seven— each group's two representatives carried forward their result against each other rather than play again. Thus the table below, showing seven matches for each team, covers all matches between the Super 8 qualifiers, including those from the Group Stage.

Teams depicted in green backgrounds qualified for the semi-finals.

Team Pts Pld W T L NR RF OF RA OB NRR
Flag of Australia Australia 14 7 7 0 0 0 1725 266.1 1314 322 +2.4
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 10 7 5 0 2 0 1586 301.1 1275 337 +1.483
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 10 7 5 0 2 0 1378 308 1457 345.1+0.253
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 8 7 4 0 3 0 1561 299.1 1635 333.2 +0.313
Flag of England England 6 7 3 0 4 0 1557 344.4 1511 307.4 -0.394
Flag of West Indies West Indies 4 7 2 0 5 0 1595 338.1 1781 337.1 -0.566
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 2 7 1 0 6 0 1084 318 1398 284 -1.514
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 2 7 1 0 6 0 1111 333 1226 242 -1.73
27 March 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
322/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
219 all out (45.3 overs)
Flag of Australia Australia won by 103 runs
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
28 March 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
209 all out (49.3 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
212/9 (48.2 overs)
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa won by 1 wicket
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
29 March 2007
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
177 all out (44.4 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
179/3 (39.2 overs)
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand won by 7 wickets
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
30 March 2007
Scorecard
Flag of England England
266/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
218 all out (48.1 overs)
Flag of England England won by 48 runs
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
31 March 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
104/6 (22 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
106/0 (13.5 of 22 overs)
Flag of Australia Australia won by 10 wickets
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
1 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
303/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
190 all out (44.3 overs)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka won by 113 runs
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
2 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
174 all out (48.3 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
178/1 (29.2 overs)
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand won by 9 wickets
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
3 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
152/8 (35 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
165/3 (31.3 of 35 overs)
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa won by 7 wickets (DL)
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
4 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
235 all out (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
233/8 (50 overs)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka won by 2 runs
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
7 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
251/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
184 all out (48.4 overs)
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh won by 67 runs
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
8 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of England England
247 all out (49.5 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
248/3 (47.2 overs)
Flag of Australia Australia won by 7 wickets
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda
9 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
263/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
134 all out (37.4 overs)
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand won by 129 runs
Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
10 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
356/4 (50 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
289/9 (50 overs)
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa won by 67 runs
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
11 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
143 all out (37.2 overs)
v Flag of England England
147/6 (44.5 overs)
Flag of England England won by 4 wickets
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
12 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
219/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
222/4 (45.1 overs)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
13 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
91 all out (30 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
92/1 (12.2 overs)
Flag of Australia Australia won by 9 wickets
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
14 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
193/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
196/5 (48.2 overs)
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
15 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
243/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
169 all out (41.2 overs)
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland won by 74 runs
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
16 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
226 all out (49.4 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
232/3 (42.4 overs)
Flag of Australia Australia won by 7 wickets
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
17 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of England England
154 all out (48 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
157/1 (19.2 overs)
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa won by 9 wickets
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
18 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
77 all out (27.4 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
81/2 (10 overs)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
19 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
230/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
131 all out (43.5 overs)
Flag of West Indies West Indies won by 99 runs
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
20 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
348/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
133 all out (25.5 overs)
Flag of Australia Australia won by 215 runs
Queen's Park, St George's, Grenada
21 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
300 all out (49.5 overs)
v Flag of England England
301/9 (49.5 overs)
Flag of England England won by 1 wicket
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados


Knockout stage

  Semi-finals Final
24 April – Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
  2 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 289/5  
  3 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 208  
 
28 April – Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
     Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 215/8
   Flag of Australia Australia 281/4
25 April – Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
  1 Flag of Australia Australia 153/3
  4 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 149  

Final

28 April 2007
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
281/4 (38 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
215/8 (36 overs)
Flag of Australia Australia won by 53 runs (D/L)
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Kensington Oval, Barbados During 2007 World Cup Cricket Final

Final of 2007 Cricket World Cup between Sri Lanka and Australia

This was the first World Cup final to be a repeat – the sides previously met in the 1996 World Cup final, which Sri Lanka won. Australia had won every World Cup match against Sri Lanka apart from that loss. The match was Sri Lanka's second World Cup final appearance and Australia's sixth, their fourth in a row. Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. However, the start of play was delayed due to rain, and the match was reduced to 38 overs per side. Adam Gilchrist played an incredible innings of 149 – the highest for any batsman in a World Cup final – to give Australia an imposing total going in at the break. While Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya were adding 116 for the second wicket, the contest was alive, but after the pair got out, Sri Lanka's chances slowly washed away. Further rain forced the reduction of Sri Lanka's innings to just 36 overs, with the target revised to 269. At the end of the 33rd over, with Sri Lanka still trailing the adjusted Duckworth-Lewis target by 37 runs, the umpires suspended the game due to bad light. While Australia's players began to celebrate their victory (since the minimum 20 overs had been reached), the umpires incorrectly announced that because the match was suspended due to light and not rain, the final three overs would have to be bowled the following day. With Sri Lanka needing 61 runs from 18 deliveries, Mahela Jayawardene agreed there was no need to return the following day, and instructed his team to resume batting, with Ricky Ponting agreeing to play only spinners. The umpires later apologised for their error: the match should have ended then with Australia winning by 37 runs. The last three overs were played in almost complete darkness, during which Sri Lanka added nine runs, giving Australia a 53-run victory by the D-L method, as Sri Lanka had batted two overs fewer than they had.

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Australian captain Ricky Ponting

Australia won the tournament undefeated, concluding a streak of 29 World Cup games without a loss. Australian bowler Glenn McGrath was named 'Player of the Series'.

Controversies

Death of Bob Woolmer

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was found dead on 18 March 2007, one day after his team's defeat to Ireland put them out of the running for the World Cup. Jamaican police performed an autopsy which was deemed inconclusive. The following day police announced that the death was suspicious and ordered a full investigation. Further investigation revealed the cause of death was "manual strangulation", and that the investigation would be handled as a murder. After a lengthy investigation the Jamaican police rescinded the comments that he was murdered, and confirmed that he died from natural causes.

Criticism

The 2007 World Cup organizers were criticised 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, as well as the authorities being accused of "running [cricket and cricketing traditions] out of town, then sanitising it out of existence". Sir Viv Richards echoed the concerns. The ICC were also condemned for high prices for tickets and concessions, which were considered unaffordable for the local population in many of the locations. ICC CEO, Malcolm Speed, said that the ICC recognised the problem but said it was the local organizers' fault. However, the later matches had more crowds as the tournament progressed with the local organizers easing restrictions. Although they did not meet the target of US$42m, the revenue from ticket sales was double the ticket sales revenue from the last world cup and recorded the highest ticketing revenue for a Cricket World Cup with more than $32 million in ticket revenue.

The World Cup was also criticised by the BCCI for its format because India failed to move on from the group stage after losing two matches. The BCCI later claimed it would see to it that the ICC will alter its World Cup format for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The elimination of India and Pakistan also caused a large exodus of subcontinental fans from the Caribbean, and removed the prospect of an India vs Pakistan Super Eights match, generally considered one of the most revenue generating and electric matches in the tournament.

The tournament was also criticised as being too long. At 6 weeks, it was the same length as the 2003 World Cup, but longer than the 5-week 1999 World Cup and the 4-week 1996 World Cup. The famous West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding also criticised the qualification process for the 2007 World Cup. Holding expressed doubts over the benefit to less established teams of turning up and being heavily defeated. However, former Scotland captain George Salmond claims that the opportunity to play one-day cricket against the bigger teams is invaluable for smaller teams such as his own, and questioned the validity of Holding's statements. The majority of the experts and players participating in the tournament backed up the smaller teams taking part in the World Cup. This was further backed up with Ireland and Bangladesh making the Super 8s and being competitive and sportsmanlike throughout the tournament.

Further criticism was generated by the confusion at the end of the final match, during which the umpires suspended play due to bad light and while official announcements and the scoreboard declared Australia the winners and the Australian team celebrated, while the umpires incorrectly insisted that the game was only suspended not completed, and that 3 overs remained to be played. And so in farcical light conditions, Sri Lanka batted out the 3 overs following a gentleman's agreement between the two captains. The umpires and ICC apologised for the unnecessary situation and cited it as an unnecessary fundamental error due to the pressure of the situation. In June the ICC announced that the officials involved – onfield umpires Steve Bucknor and Aleem Dar, reserve umpires Rudi Koertzen and Billy Bowden, and match referee Jeff Crowe – would all be suspended from the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship.

Preparation problems

A number of preparation problems surfaced before the start of the World Cup. Some of the venues were not complete by the opening ceremony on 11 March 2007. At Sabina Park, seats had to be removed at the newly constructed north-stand due to safety concerns. At Trelawny Stadium in Jamaica, ground staff were unable to gain admission to the ground during the warm up matches due to accreditation problems. Additionally, South Africa and Australia both expressed concerns over practice facilities.

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