Hayden stars as Australia thrash New Zealand

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, April 20, 2007 (AFP) – Matthew Hayden’s third century of the tournament helped champions Australia extend their unbeaten run at the World Cup to 27 matches with a 215-run Super Eights thrashing of fellow semi-finalists New Zealand at Grenada’s National Stadium here Friday. But going for another big hit off the medium-pacer he miscued a drive high in the air and Styris, running back, held a superb caught and bowled chance as the ball dropped over his shoulder. Hayden stars as Australia thrash New Zealand

Hayden’s 103 off 100 balls was the centrepiece of Australia’s 348 for six.

New Zealand, in what was both sides’ final second round match, were bowled out for 133 as their run of three straight one-day wins against Australia, achieved during February’s Chappell-Hadlee clean sweep, came to an end after they’d batted for just over half their innings.

It was the biggest margin of victory in a World Cup match between two Test nations, surpassing England’s 202-run win against India at Lord’s in 1975 during the inaugural edition when matches were 60 overs per side contests.

This result confirmed that New Zealand will face Sri Lanka in Tuesday’s first semi-final in Jamaica with Australia up against South Africa in St Lucia on Wednesday.

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