BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 28, 2007 (AFP) – Australia’s Adam Gilchrist set a new record for the highest individual innings in a World Cup final when scoring 149 against Sri Lanka here on Saturday. His innings surpassed the previous best of 140 not out by Australia captain Ricky Ponting, at the crease when his record was broken, set against India in Johannesburg four years ago.
In all Gilchrist faced 104 balls with eight sixes and 13 fours when he holed out to Chamara Silva off Dilhara Fernando.
Paceman Fernando had dropped Gilchrist off his own bowling when the wicket-keeper was on 31.
His score was also the 11th highest of all time in World Cup matches.
Highest individual World Cup scores (player, score, match, venue, year):
G Kirsten 188* South Africa v U.A.E. Rawalpindi 1996
S Ganguly 183 India v Sri Lanka Taunton 1999
V Richards 181 West Indies v Sri Lanka Karachi 1987
Kapil Dev 175* India v Zimbabwe Tunbridge Wells 1983
C Wishart 172* Zimbabwe v Namibia Harare 2003
G Turner 171* New Zealand v East Africa Birmingham 1975
A Hudson 161 South Africa v Netherlands Rawalpindi 1996
Imran Nazir 160 Pakistan v Zimbabwe Kingston 2007