The final of the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy was played on 5 November 2006 between the West Indies and Australia at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Australia qualified into the final by defeating New Zealand in the first semi-final at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali on 1 November 2006. The West Indies made their way into the final after defeating South Africa in the second semi-final played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on 2 November 2006. The match was interrupted by rain during the Australian innings. Australia won the final by 8 wickets applying Duckworth–Lewis method (D/L method), winning the Champions Trophy for the first time. Shane Watson earned the man of the match award for his performance in the match. Chris Gayle was named the man of the series for scoring 474 runs in the tournament.
|2006 ICC Champions Trophy Final|
Rain disrupts the Finals under lights at the Brabourne Stadium
|Event||2006 ICC Champions Trophy|
|Australia's innings interrupted by rain and reduced to 35 overs with a target of 116|
|Date||5 November 2006|
|Venue||Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, India|
|Umpires||Aleem Dar and Rudi Koertzen|
The first semi final was played between Australia and New Zealand on 1 November 2006 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. Australia batted first and scored 240 runs for 9 wickets in 50 overs. Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds scored 58 runs each. Kyle Mills took four wickets for 38 runs in 10 overs. In the reply, New Zealand were all out for 206 runs in 46 overs with Daniel Vettori scoring 79 runs. Glenn McGrath, who took three wickets conceding 22 runs in 10 overs, was given man of the match award.
West Indies played South Africa in the second semi-final on 2 November 2006 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, and defeated them by 6 wickets. South Africa scored 258 runs for eight wickets in 50 overs with Herschelle Gibbs scoring 77 runs. Dwayne Bravo took two wickets for 44 runs in seven overs. West Indies had lost four wickets before reaching the target in 44 overs. Their highest scorer Chris Gayle—133 runs not out from 135 balls—shared an opening partnership of 154 runs with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who scored 57. South African bowler Robin Peterson conceded 36 runs in seven overs for taking one wicket. Gayle's performance earned him the man of the match award.
The final of the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy was played between Australia and West Indies Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on 5 November 2006. West Indies batted first after winning the toss. Chanderpaul and Gayle opened the innings, shared a partnership of 49 runs in 5.1 overs. Chanderpaul scored 27 runs from 18 balls. Brett Lee, who was struck for a six and four fours by Chanderpaul, conceded 36 runs in his opening spell three overs. Gayle scored 37 runs from 27 balls hitting McGrath for 14 runs in three consecutive deliveries including two sixes. McGrath conceded 22 runs in his first two overs, but his next five overs cost just two runs for two wickets. Despite their 80 runs in the first 10 overs, West Indies were all out for 138 runs in 30.4 overs. Their last eight batsmen added just 58 runs to the total; and last five players scored 25 runs in eight overs. Australian left-arm fast bowler Nathan Bracken took three wickets for 22 runs in six overs whereas Shane Watson took two wickets for 11 runs in three overs. Australia started their batting with the early losses of Adam Gilchrist and captain Ricky Ponting, and were restricted to 13 runs for two wickets in four overs. Before the scheduled dinner break, Watson and Damien Martyn had taken the total to 45 runs in 10 overs. The match was then delayed for two hours due to rain, and the revised target of 116 runs was set in 35 overs applying the Duckworth–Lewis method (D/L method). Australia reached the target in 28.5 overs with Watson and Martyn scoring 57 and 47 runs (both not out) respectively. West Indian fast bowler Ian Bradshaw took one wicket for 21 runs in six overs. Watson was given the man of the match award for his all-round performance. Gayle was named the man of the tournament for scoring 474 runs in eight games including three centuries. West Indies, the winner of the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, were not able to defend the title. Australia won the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.
|Batsman||Method of dismissal||Runs||Balls||Strike rate|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul||b Nathan Bracken||27||18||150.00|
|Chris Gayle||b Nathan Bracken||37||27||137.03|
|Ramnaresh Sarwan||c Brad Hogg b Nathan Bracken||7||9||77.77|
|Dwayne Bravo||lbw b Brad Hogg||21||47||46.68|
|Brian Lara *||c Adam Gilchrist b Glenn McGrath||2||18||11.11|
|Runako Morton||c Adam Gilchrist b Glenn McGrath||2||9||22.22|
|Marlon Samuels||c Ricky Ponting b Shane Watson||7||12||58.33|
|Carlton Baugh||lbw Shane Watson||9||13||69.23|
|Ian Bradshaw||b Brett Lee||7||15||46.66|
|Jerome Taylor||not out||5||13||38.46|
|Corey Collymore||run out Andrew Symonds||0||5||0.00|
|Extras||(0 byes, 5 leg byes, 7 wides, 2 no-balls)||14|
|Batsman||Method of dismissal||Runs||Balls||Strike rate|
|Adam Gilchrist||c Chris Gayle b Ian Bradshaw||2||9||22.22|
|Shane Watson||not out||57||88||64.77|
|Ricky Ponting *||lbw b Jerome Taylor||0||2||0.00|
|Damien Martyn||not out||47||71||66.19|
|Michael Hussey||did not bat||–||–||–|
|Andrew Symonds||did not bat||–||–||–|
|Michael Clarke||did not bat||–||–||–|
|Brett Lee||did not bat||–||–||–|
|Brad Hogg||did not bat||–||–||–|
|Nathan Bracken||did not bat||–||–||–|
|Glenn McGrath||did not bat||–||–||–|
|Extras||(0 byes, 4 leg byes, 5 wides, 1 no-balls)||10|
Australia were criticised for pushing Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President and Minister in the Government of India, Sharad Pawar off the podium once he presented the trophy to Australian captain Ponting. Television replays showed Martyn placing his hand on the minister's shoulder and asking him to move aside, Ponting showing Pawar his forefinger as asking to give him the trophy. Indian media described Australia as "rude and arrogant". The Times of India reported that "Australia showed they aren't exactly polite off it too" while Indian Express headlined that "this is how champions behave when they get the trophy." Former Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar called the incident as "unpleasant" and said that "such incidents should be avoided." Indian chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar reacted that it was a "behavior from uneducated people" and called it "appalling." Pawar, however, recalled the incident "a small thing, stupid thing," and said that he did not "want to react."
The 2006 ICC Champions Trophy was a One Day International cricket tournament held in India from 7 October to 5 November 2006. It was the fifth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy (previously known as the ICC Knock-out). The tournament venue was not confirmed until mid-2005 when the Indian government agreed that tournament revenues would be free from tax (the 2002 tournament had been due to be held in India, but was switched to Sri Lanka when an exemption from tax in India was not granted). Australia won the tournament, their first Champions Trophy victory. They were the only team to only get one loss in the tournament, as all other teams lost at least two matches. West Indies, their final opponents, beat Australia in the group stage, but were bowled out for 138 in the final and lost by eight wickets on the Duckworth–Lewis method. West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle was named Player of the Tournament.
English writer Tim de Lisle said the tournament "had been fun", because "it had been unpredictable." The unpredictability was in part shown by the fact that no Asian side qualified for the semi-final, for the first time in a major ICC tournament since the 1975 World Cup. De Lisle also claimed that "the pitches" had been the "tournament's secret", saying that they were "sporting and quixotic" and "quite untypical of both one-day cricket and the subcontinent." His viewed were echoed by panelists in a roundtable discussion organised by Cricinfo, "who hoped that the tournament would not be a one-off in a batsman-dominated game" according to news site rediff.com. The tournament recorded five of the 10 lowest team totals in the tournament's history, and totals of 80 (for West Indies v Sri Lanka) and 89 (for Pakistan v South Africa) were the lowest recorded in matches involving the top eight ranked One-day International sides of the world.List of cricket grounds in India
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