Australia made a comfortable chase of New Zealand’s target and although the first ten overs told a different story before Australia successfully defended the ICC Champions Trophy final title, in 2009.
South Africa played host to a first time double champion of the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. Unfortunately the win had to come at the cost of New Zealand at Centurion.
Many considered the absence of Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain who pulled up with a hamstring, as a major hindrance to New Zealand’s chances and one would have to say, perhaps very much so.
Although New Zealand began their defense of the meagre total of 200 well with Shane Bond and Kyle Mills in a terrific display of accurate, miserly display, there was no bowler thereafter to back up the sterling efforts of the duo.
New Zealand managed to seize early control as a stunned Tim Paine walked back to the pavilion, the under dogs also managed to do what critics stated would be absolutely critical – get rid of the Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, early. That they did, but they perhaps forgot about the other man in form in the Australian line up.
Centuries from Ponting and Shane Watson had given Australia an invincible ascendancy over England in the ICC Champions Trophy semi final. Once again Watson wasted no time establishing his authority once the spell of Bond and Mills gave way.
Runs that had trickled at less than even two in over in the first Powerplay suddenly flowed with greater ease and with it, eased Australia’s jitters that could have magnified if New Zealand managed to snare a couple more wickets.
But Watson found solid ground with Cameron White who is fast becoming an integral part of the Australian outfit, at least in the shorter versions of the game, and vying even for the post of Australia’s Twenty20 captain.
The 128 run partnership for the third wicket and White’s sixty-two runs were perhaps, under the circumstances of the final, just as crucial as giving Watson the freedom to play with authority from the other end. The partnership took the game away from New Zealand that failed to not only stem the runs but pick up a few more wickets which would have been the only way to undo the rampant Australians.
When White did depart, there was little trouble and with James Hopes, aka Mr. Fix It, Australia coasted in fine fashion. In a bid not to miss out on his second successive century in the tournament, Watson slammed two sixes off what turned out to be the final two balls of the innings as Australia lifted the ICC Champions Trophy again in 2009 with nearly five overs to spare!
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