Posted by Dresonic on March 28, 2007

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St Peter’s, Antigua – West Indies pacer Daren Powell (right) reacts to a false shot from Australia’s Matthew Hayden during their Super 8 match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium yesterday. (Photo: AP)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (AFP) – Matthew Hayden’s commanding innings of 158 left world champions Australia in a strong position against hosts West Indies before rain forced the opening Super Eight match of this World Cup into a second day.

Hayden’s record-breaking display was the centrepiece of Australia’s 322 for six after they’d lost the toss.

But rain, which had been falling steadily during the Australia innings, meant the West Indies’ reply never got started in the first major match staged at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
The match will be resumed at 9:30 am local time today with the hosts chasing 323 to win off 50 overs.

Earlier, Hayden produced one of the great World Cup innings, providing a master class in how to pace a big score after taking 18 balls to get off the mark following West Indies captain Brian Lara’s decision to field first in overcast conditions.

His hundred, his second in as many matches, was the highest score by an Australian at the World Cup, surpassing the 143 not out made by Andrew Symonds four years ago against Pakistan in Johannesburg, and the ninth best in the history of the tournament.

This innings came after Hayden’s 101 in the 83-run win against South Africa on Saturday.

It was also the 35-year-old left-handed opener’s third hundred in as many one-day internationals against Test nations following his Australian record 181 not out against New Zealand last month in Hamilton.

All the hosts’ bowlers suffered, with Jerome Taylor the most expensive as his 10 wicketless overs went for 67 runs.
However, West Indies may take heart from the fact the four highest totals to win batting second in one-day internationals have all been made against Australia since the 2005/06 season.

Australia lost Hayden’s opening partner Adam Gilchrist for seven when he was caught behind off Daren Powell by opposing wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin.

It was not until the seventh over, when captain Ricky Ponting hooked paceman Powell for six, that Australia had their first boundary.

Ponting had looked good in making 35 off 36 balls before he ran himself out when he went for a non-existent single off Taylor only for Ramnaresh Sarwan at extra-cover to hit the stumps at the bowler’s end.

Australia, now 76 for two, almost lost Michael Clarke in similar fashion as the innings entered a jittery phase.
And Hayden himself would have been out for 28 if Lara’s throw from mid-on had hit after he’d been sent back by Clarke.

But a stand of 98 in 16 overs, which moved Australia onto 174 for three ended when medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo had Clarke lbw for 41 off just 42 balls.

Hayden, after completing his ninth one-day international hundred in 110 balls, opened up.


Australia Innings

A Gilchrist c Ramdin b Powell 7
M Hayden c Samuels b Bravo 158
R Ponting run out 35
M Clarke lbw b Bravo 41
A Symonds c Ramdin b Samuels 13
M Hussey b Powell 9
S Watson not out 33
B Hogg not out 5

Extras (b1, lb9, w8, nb3) 21

Total (6 wkts, 50 overs) 322

Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Gilchrist), 2-76 (Ponting), 3-174 (Clarke), 4-208 (Symonds), 5-234 (Hussey), 6-297 (Hayden)

Did not bat: N Bracken, S Tait, G McGrath

Bowling: Powell 10-2-53-2; Taylor 10-0-67-0 (3w); Collymore 10-0-56-0 (2w); Gayle 4-0-29-0 (2nb); Bravo 7-0-49-2 (2w); Samuels 9-0-58-1 (1nb, 1w);

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Brian Lara (capt), Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Jerome Taylor, Daren Powell, Corey Collymore

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Asad Rauf (PAK)

TV umpire: Billy Bowden (NZL)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

Reserve umpire: Rudi Koertzen (RSA)

Match resumes 9:30am local time today


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