World champions Australia thrashed minnows United States of America by 9 wickets in their Pool A match of the ICC Champions Trophy.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
Southampton:World champions Australia thrashed minnows United States of America by 9 wickets in their Pool A match of the ICC Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament today. The Australians reached the target of 66 in just 7.5 overs with Adam Gilchrist remaining unbeaten on 24 and Ricky Ponting on 8. The Aussies lost just one wicket, that of Hayden (23). The Australian bowlers exposed the fragile American batting at the Rose Bowl after skipper Ricky Ponting put USA in after winning the toss. Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie devastated the United States of America with some fiery bowling as the Aussies skittled out the minnows for 65. Kasprowicz, who is in the middle of a wonderful year, took four four 14 and Gillespie took 4 for 15 as USA were all out in just 24 overs, providing the Australians with an easy chance to overtake the New Zelanders on net run-rate to emerge as Pool leaders. Brett Lee, opening the attack with Glenn McGrath, provided the initial breakthrough in the very first over of the day before a run out in the next over gave a further blow to the tournament first timers, who had lost their opening match by a huge margin against New Zealand on Friday. After that it was the turn of Kasprowicz and Gillespie to mop up USA as the two fast bowlers took four wickets each to hasten the end of the American innings. (PTI)