Saturday, October 3, 2009
Australia win Semi-final
Australia now accommodated the winners of Saturday`s bout amid New Zealand and Pakistan in Monday`s final at Centurion. Unbeaten centuries by captain Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson led holders Australia to a crushing nine-wicket win over England in Friday`s Champions Trophy semi-final. Ponting denticulate 111, casual 12,000 one-day all-embracing runs in the process, and Watson fabricated 136 as Australia hit 258 for one in 41.5 overs. England were beforehand bowled out for 257, a absolute which owed abundant to a seventh-wicket angle of 107 amid Luke Wright (48) and Tim Bresnan (80). Ponting, who went to the bulge in the additional over afterwards Graham Onions had Tim Paine bent abaft for four, bound took control. He cruised to his half-century in 58 deliveries and bare alone 46 added to annals his 28th ODI ton. The antecedent best was 237 for the fourth wicket amid Ponting and Andrew Symonds adjoin Sri Lanka in Sydney in 2006. The Australian skipper`s bright shot-selection put England to the brand while Watson addled several big assault at the end, assault his aftermost 36 runs in 17 balls. However, Bresnan and Wright ashore calm for about 20 overs as they aggregate the best seventh-wicket angle for England adjoin Australia. Bresnan denticulate his beginning ODI half-century, hitting 80 in 76 assurance afore actuality bowled by Brett Lee, while Wright was bent abaft by Paine off Peter Siddle. Paine accomplished with bristles catches. Siddle took three for 55, adolescent paceman Lee claimed two for 46 and man of the bout Watson chipped in with two for 35.