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Hayden hundred-high

April 21, 2007
Matthew Hayden continued his tremendous form as Australia thrashed New Zealand by 215 runs in their concluding match of the Super Eights at the World Cup on Friday.

The prolific left-hander scored his third hundred in the ongoing competition as the undefeated world champions again crossed the 300-mark comfortably while posting 348 for six.

Hayden's 103 came off just 100 balls and contained 10 fours and two sixes. His hundred, tenth overall, was scored off 96 deliveries.

It was not only the bowlers who bore the brunt of his fury but also Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who was hit on his arm by a powerful straight drive from the batsman.

After the early exit of Adam Gilchrist, Hayden had important partnerships with skipper Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke that laid the foundation for a big score.

The burly Queenslander added 137 for the second wicket with Ponting (66 in 70 balls) and followed it up with a stand of 72 with Clarke (49 in 47 balls).

That set the stage for the Shane Watson in the final 10 overs as the all-rounder, returning from injury, provided the perfect finish to the innings with a whirlwind knock of 65 off only 32 balls.

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