Melbourne, February 9:
Paul Collingwood scored an unbeaten 120 and had a stellar day in the field to lead England to a four-wicket victory over Australia in the first final of the tri-series tournament.
Collingwoodâ€™s match-turning catch and two run outs restricted Australia to 252. Collingwood hit the winning run with three balls to spare. He rescued England from a terrible start of 15-3.
He and Ian Bell (65) set England on the way to victory with a 133-run stand, before Collingwood and captain Andrew Flintoff partnered for 74.
Collingwood got England back into the match much earlier, through a brilliant catch to remove Ricky Ponting and two runouts with direct hits.
Australia were headed for a big total after 30 overs when Ponting and Matthew Hayden had the England attack at its mercy at 170-1. Hayden made 82 and Ricky Ponting fired a run-a-ball 75. After Adam Gilchrist was dismissed to leave Australia at 32-1, Hayden and Ponting laid the foundation when they combined for 138 from 148 balls.
A Gilchrist c Flintoff b Mahmood 5
M Hayden c Mahmood b Dalrymple 82
R Ponting c Câ€™wood b Panesar 75
M Clarke run out 33
B Hodge lbw b Panesar 5
M Hussey c Nixon b Flintoff 17
S Watson c Bell b Mahmood 9
B Hogg c Bell b Flintoff 10
B Lee run out 0
N Bracken not out 3
G McGrath b Flintoff 0
Extras: 13 (4lb, 9w)
TOTAL: 252 (48.3 overs)
FoW: 1-32, 2-170, 3-180, 4-196, 5-229, 6-229, 7-248, 8-248, 9-250
England bowling: Plunkett 10-0-56-0, Mahmood 8-0-45-2, Flintoff 9.3-1-41-3, Panesar 10-0-44-2, Collingwood 4-0-21-0, Dalrymple 7-0-41-1
E Joyce c McGrath b Lee 6
M Loye lbw b Lee 0
I Bell b Lee 65
A Strauss lbw b Bracken 0
P Câ€™wood not out 120
A Flintoff c Gilchrist b Watson 35
J Dalrymple run out 3
P Nixon not out 11
Extras: 13 (3lb, 7w, 3nb)
Total: 253/6 (49.3 overs)
FoW: 1-1, 2-14, 3-15, 4-148, 5-222, 6-225
Australia bowling: Lee 10-0-41-3, Bracken 8.3-1-38, McGrath 10-0-53-0, Watson 8-0-51-1, Hogg 10-0-52-0, Clarke 3-0-15-0