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PostSubject: Gilchrist played in every match   Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:00 pm

Gilchrist played in every match of Australia's successful World Cup campaign,[64] but struggled at first, with scores of 6, 14 and 0 in the first three matches against Scotland, New Zealand and Pakistan.[19] Australia lost the latter two matches and had to avoid defeat for six consecutive matches to reach the final.[65] Gilchrist’s quick-fire 63 runs in 39 balls against Bangladesh helped the Australians into the Super Six stage of the tournament,[66] which was secured with a win over the West Indies, although Gilchrist made only 21.[19] Gilchrist continued to struggle in the Super Six phase, scoring 31, 10 and 5 against India, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Australia won all three matches,[19] the last in the final over,Template:Http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65233.html to scrape into the semifinals.[19] Gilchrist made only 20 in the semifinal against South Africa,[19] but completed the final act of the match. With the scores tied, South Africa were nine wickets down and going for the winning run when Gilchrist broke the stumps to complete the run out of Allan Donald;[citation needed] the match was tied,[19] and Australia proceeded to the final due to a higher net run rate. Gilchrist’s 54 in the final helped secure Australia's first world title since 1987 with an eight wicket victory over Pakistan.[67] It was a happy ending for Gilchrist, who had struggled through the tournament, with 237 runs at 21.54.[19]

Success at the World Cup was followed by a defeat by Sri Lanka in the final of the Aiwa Cup in August 1999,[68] despite Gilchrist being the most successful batsman and wicket-keeper of the tournament,[69] with 231 runs at 46.20.[19] While the Test players battled against Sri Lanka, Gilchrist led Australia A in a limited overs series against India A in Los Angeles.[70] He then scored 60 runs at 20.00 as the Australians completed a 3–0 whitewash of Zimbabwe in October.[19][71]



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