World champions Australia crush USA by 9-wickets

Updated on Sep 13, 2004 07:14 PM IST

Kasprowicz and Gillespie led the way as Australia predictably proved too strong for the USA. Full Score

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PTI | ByAgencies, London

Bowlers Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie led the way as Australia predictably proved too strong for the USA and strolled to a nine wicket win on Monday.

Having bowled out the Americans — who were without their only experienced batsman former West Indian opener Clayton Lambert — for a meagre 65, Australia needed just 7.5 overs to reach their target and the match lasted just 191 balls in total.

The United States picked up their only wicket in the fifth over when medium pacer Howard Johnson had Matthew Hayden caught behind by Mark Johnson for 23 — two balls after having an appeal for lbw turned down.

Tony Reid could also have dismissed Adam Gilchrist had he held a sharp chance off his own bowling with the score on 50/1 before Gilchrist ended the match in spectacular fashion lifting Rashid Zia over the midwicket boundary for six.

Man-of-the-Match Kasprowicz had earlier ripped out the heart of the United States with valuable support from Gillespie as the best side in the world steam-rollered a frail and inexperienced batting line-up.

The United States were simply no match for the Australians in their opening game and survived only 24 overs after Ricky Ponting had chosen to field first under overcast skies.

Gillespie took 4-15 and Kasprowicz 4-14 as only one American batsman managed to reach double figures.

The only drawback for the Australians was that Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee missed out on the bounty provided by some weak opposition hopelessly out of their class.

Steve Massiah at least provided some form of resistance, coming in at number four, to hit a defiant 23 in an innings which included three of only four boundaries struck by the Americans.

The match started 30 minutes late because of rain but batting was never easy even when the sunshine came out in conditions which favoured the bowlers.

The Americans never recovered from a shaky start, losing Mark Johnson in Lee's first over and in the next over having Leon Romero run out by a throw from Damien Martyn at cover.

The best partnership was for the third wicket between Massiah and opener Rohan Alexander but, from the moment Alexander was caught behind by Adam Gilchrist in Kasprowicz's first over, the United States fell apart.

Massiah faced 42 balls before lifting Kasprowicz to mid off where Darren Lehmann got under a steepling catch.

Richard Staple, the American captain, hit the only other boundary but Kasprowicz, gaining movement and bounce, at one stage took four wickets for six runs off 16 balls.

Gillespie was also too good for the United States middle order dismissing Rashid Zia and Donovan Blake in three balls and the rest was a formality.

Howard Johnson and Nasir Javed at least raised American spirits by adding 12 for the last wicket before Gillespie finished off the resistance by knocking back Johnson's middle stump.

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