ICC World XI tour of Australia, 2005/06 / Commentary

ICC Super Series ODIs - 1st match

Australia v ICC World XI

Australia won by 93 runs

Match State: Match start scheduled for 14.15 Local Time (04.15 GMT) Hello and a warm welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the ICC Super Series, 2005-06. The day cricket fans all over the world has been waiting for is finally here - what a tremendous series it is going to be, Australia pitched against the world's best - It doesn't get any bigger than this ! My name is Sajan Nair - glad you could join us. New from the middle is that Australian captain Ricky Ponting has won the toss and elected to bat first. The series consists of three ODIs and one Test, Telstra Dome, Melbourne will host the ODIs and the one-off Test is scheduled to be the played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Telstra Dome is a state-of-the-art venue, complete with retractable roofs, located in Melbourne and since we are playing under roofs the weather factor is out of the equation. Selectors would have had a tough time picking a World XI squad given the enormous number of talented players available, the votes are in and it's a 'dream-team' as they call it. This is probably the best platform for Australia to answer their critics after the Ashes defeat, they have made few marked changes to the squad, lot of planning and preparations have been done and now it's time to measure the output. Aleem Dar and Simon Taufel are the umpires for today's match and Rudy Koertzen is the third umpire. These three ODIs will serve as trial ground for on-field umpires to refer all decisions, barring catches close to the ground, to the television umpire. Australia - Adam Gilchrist, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn, Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Nathan Bracken. SuperSub - Cameron White. World XI - Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Brian Lara, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Shaun Pollock, Daniel Vettori, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shoaib Akhtar. Supersub - Shahid Afridi. The players of both teams have been given caps to commemorate this match Australia are wearing their traditional green and gold. While the World XI are kitted out predominantly in blue We are almost ready here - play will start in just a few minutes It will be Adam Gilchrist and Simon Katich to open the innings. Shoaib Akhtar is at the top of his run-up, two slips and a gully in place. All is ready - Here we go!

0.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, good length delivery, bit of swing in straightaway, Gilchrist gets hit on the pad trying to work it away on the leg side

0.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide to make Katich play at it

0.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, pitched up and on the stumps, turned away nicely but straight to the fielder in front of square leg

0.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, good length delivery, hint of in swing, Katich watchfully plays it away on the leg side, midwicket moves in quickly and cuts off the single

0.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, another good delivery, again swinging in from touch outside the off stump, pushed away on the leg side

0.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, excellent probing delivery, close to the off stump line and Katich is beaten all ends up, Akhtar starts off with a very good over

It will be Shaun Pollock to share the new ball with Akhtar

End of over 1 (1 run, maiden) Australia 1/0
SM Katich    0* (5b)      Shoaib Akhtar    1-1-0-0
AC Gilchrist    0* (1b)     

1.1

Pollock to Gilchrist, no run, what a start ! on the stumps and swinging in late, Gilchrist is beaten comprehensively, lucky not to have got an edge on that one

1.2

Pollock to Gilchrist, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended watchfully

1.3

Pollock to Gilchrist, FOUR, there he goes! fraction short, Gilchrist quickly gets in to a good position and pulls it away to the square leg fence, one bounce and over the rope she goes

1.4

Pollock to Gilchrist, no run, excellent comeback delivery, this one again goes right through Gilchrist

1.5

Pollock to Gilchrist, no run

1.6

Pollock to Gilchrist, FOUR, four more, drifting down the leg side and Gilchrist slaps it away to the fine leg fence

End of over 2 (8 runs) Australia 9/0
AC Gilchrist    8* (7b 2x4)      SM Pollock    1-0-8-0
SM Katich    0* (5b)     

2.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, pushed wide of the cover fielder, quick single taken

2.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, (no ball) FOUR, half volley outside the off stump and Gilchrist flays it away through cover point, try stopping that!

2.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, no run, good length delivery, this one is close to the off stump line and Gilchrist ends up with an inside edge on to his pad

2.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, no run, turned away to the square leg region

2.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, 1 run, short of a good length, angling across the left-hander, Gilchrist gets behind the line and punches it away well wide of the fielder at mid-off, good early call and a quick single is added to the total

2.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, nasty! sharp bouncer and Katich is bit late to react, gets hit right on the right shoulder - that hurts

2.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, pushed to mid-off

End of over 3 (7 runs) Australia 16/0
SM Katich    1* (8b)      Shoaib Akhtar    2-1-7-0
AC Gilchrist    13* (11b 3x4)     

3.1

Pollock to Gilchrist, no run, short of a good length delivery, hint of in swing, Gilchrist looking to work it away on the leg side ends up with an inside edge on to his pad, well bowled

3.2

Pollock to Gilchrist, no run

3.3

Pollock to Gilchrist, no run, pushed away on the off side

3.4

Pollock to Gilchrist, 1 run, another short of a good length delivery, this one is again close to the off stump line but this time Gilchrist leans back a bit and cuts it away to the third man region, was in the air for sometime but well wide of the fielders

3.5

Pollock to Katich, no run, another probing delivery outside the off stump and Katich looking to defend it on the back-foot is beaten by a long way

3.6

Pollock to Katich, no run, defended

End of over 4 (1 run) Australia 17/0
SM Katich    1* (10b)      SM Pollock    2-0-9-0
AC Gilchrist    14* (15b 3x4)     

4.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, no run, on the middle and off stump line, defended on the back-foot

4.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, no run, fraction short, was close to the off stump line and Gilchrist looking to pull it away is beaten, too close to play that shot

4.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, 2 runs, pushed away into the gap between the cover fielders, Gilchrist takes off straightaway and comfortably comes back for the second

4.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, no run, punched back down the track, Akhtar on his follow through dives across and saves runs

4.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, no run

4.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, FOUR, fraction short and on the middle and leg stump line, would have been a good delivery to any other batsmen but not this man, Gilchrist leans back and handsomely pulls it away to the square leg fence, again one bounce and over the ropes

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 23/0
AC Gilchrist    20* (21b 4x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    3-1-13-0
SM Katich    1* (10b)     

5.1

Pollock to Katich, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended watchfully

5.2

Pollock to Katich, 1 run, played down to the fine leg region, Sehwag is the fielder in the deep

5.3

Pollock to Gilchrist, 2 runs, bit of width outside the off stump, cut away in the air but well wide of the fielder at backward point, Akhtar moving across from third man fails to pick it up cleanly and Gilchrist comes back for the second

5.4

Pollock to Gilchrist, no run, cut away straight to Pietersen at backward point

5.5

Pollock to Gilchrist, FOUR, fraction short and outside the off stump, Gilchrist leans back and pulls it away through midwicket, Sehwag in the deep had no chance of cutting it off, excellent timing and placement

5.6

Pollock to Gilchrist, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 30/0
AC Gilchrist    26* (25b 5x4)      SM Pollock    3-0-16-0
SM Katich    2* (12b)     

6.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, turned away well wide of Lara at midwicket

6.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, no run, quick delivery, on the stumps and Gilchrist plays it back down the track

6.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, 1 run, another tight delivery, Gilchrist ends up with an inside edge on to his pad, was looking to turn it away on the leg side. ball rolls away on the off side and a quick single is taken - well run

6.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, 2 runs, bit of width outside the off stump, pushed away to the cover region, Dravid fails to cut it off

6.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, excellent effort ball, bit down the leg side, Katich looking to pull it away fails to make contact

6.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, 1 run, turned away from outside the off stump to the vacant midwicket region, easy single to end the over

For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit www.cricinfo.com Do write in with any feedback at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Australia off to a decent start here, Gilchrist especially is looking good, Flintoff into the attack for the first time today

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 35/0
SM Katich    6* (16b)      Shoaib Akhtar    4-1-18-0
AC Gilchrist    27* (27b 5x4)     

7.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, pushed back to the bowler

7.2

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, width outside the off stump, cut away in the air to the third man region

straightaway Flintoff decides to come round the wicket to Gilchrist

7.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, lovely, slightly short and in the corridor of uncertainty, Gilchrist is comprehensively beaten

7.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven away off the front-foot to the cover region

7.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Gilchrist looking to smash it away on the off side fails to make contact, excellent over so far

7.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, another good delivery, the one that goes straight on, Gilchrist leaves it for the keeper

End of over 8 (1 run) Australia 36/0
AC Gilchrist    27* (31b 5x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-1-0
SM Katich    7* (18b)     

8.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, angling across and Katich is beaten outside the off stump

8.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, and again! this one is again angled across the left-hander, Katich goes after it but fails to make contact, excellent delivery

8.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, 3 runs, well pitched up outside the off stump, Katich moves across a bit, gets right behind the line and drives it straight back past the bowler to the long-on region

Change of angle - Akhtar too decides to come round the wicket to Gilchrist

8.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, FOUR, pitched up outside the off stump, driven right in to the gap between the cover fielders and that's Gilchrist's 6th four of the innings

8.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Gilchrist, 1 run, fraction short, angling in from outside the off stump, Gilchrist moves across and works it away on the leg side

8.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, 4 leg byes, quick delivery but angling down the leg side, Katich fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and races away to the fine leg fence

Flintioff to continue - round the wicket to Gilchrist - this is going to be interesting

End of over 9 (12 runs) Australia 48/0
SM Katich    10* (22b)      Shoaib Akhtar    5-1-26-0
AC Gilchrist    32* (33b 6x4)     

9.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, fraction short and outside the off stump, Gilchrist goes after it but it beaten by the extra bounce

9.2

Flintoff to Gilchrist, FOUR, not this time though! another short delivery outside the off stump, this time Gilchrist makes perfect contact and the ball screams away to the backward point fence - that brings up the 50 partnership between these two

9.3

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run, good length delivery, hint of swing, played back down the track

9.4

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, close to the stumps, Gilchrist opens the face of the bat and runs it down to the third man region, played it late to get the placement right

9.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, pushed away to the gully region

9.6

Flintoff to Katich, 3 runs, pitched up outside the off stump and Katich drives it away nicely into the gap between the cover fielders, long chase and a fantastic sliding effort from Pollock saves one run

10 overs up - Pollock straightaway opts for Powerplay 2 - so the fielding restrictions will stay in place Kallis into the attack now

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia 56/0
SM Katich    13* (24b)      A Flintoff    2-0-9-0
AC Gilchrist    37* (37b 7x4)     

10.1

Kallis to Katich, 2 runs, in the slot and driven straight back down the ground

10.2

Kallis to Katich, 2 runs, drifting down the leg side and Katich works it away to the fine leg region, gets it wide of the fielder in the deep and they come back for the second

10.3

Kallis to Katich, 1 no ball, driven away square of the wicket, point moves across and cuts it off

10.3

Kallis to Katich, 3 runs, Katich too on the move now, fuller length delivery outside the off stump and this time Katich manages to squeezed it away square of the wicket

10.4

Kallis to Gilchrist, no run, driven down to mid-on

10.5

Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, driven straight back to the bowler, Kallis fails to stop it cleanly and a quick single is taken

10.6

Kallis to Katich, no run, good delivery to end the over, hint of away swing and Katich is beaten outside the off stump

End of over 11 (9 runs) Australia 65/0
SM Katich    20* (29b)      JH Kallis    1-0-9-0
AC Gilchrist    38* (39b 7x4)     

11.1

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 1 run, fraction short but no width offered, Gilchrist leans back and taps it away to the third man region for an easy single

11.2

Flintoff to Katich, FOUR, edged but wide, slightly short and outside the off stump, Katich goes after it and ends up with a big edge, Sangakkara brings out a brilliant full length dive but fails to reach there on time

Ball went right between the keeper and Dravid at first slip who was standing bit wide

11.3

Flintoff to Katich, 1 wide

11.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run

11.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run

11.5

Flintoff to Katich, (no ball) 1 run, short ball, Katich looking to pull it away ends up with a top edge and the ball flies down the fine leg region where it is caught by Sehwag but ...

11.5

Flintoff to Gilchrist, no run

11.6

Flintoff to Gilchrist, 3 runs, driven away through covers

End of over 12 (11 runs) Australia 76/0
AC Gilchrist    42* (42b 7x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-20-0
SM Katich    25* (33b 1x4)     

12.1

Kallis to Gilchrist, no run, off the pads and the ball flies back, Sangakkar dives across full elngth and saves a certain four

12.2

Kallis to Gilchrist, no run, driven down to mid-off

12.3

Kallis to Gilchrist, no run, pushed down to mid-on

12.4

Kallis to Gilchrist, 1 run, pitched up and Gilchrist drives it down to the mid-on region for a single

12.5

Kallis to Katich, 1 run

12.6

Kallis to Gilchrist, 2 runs, turned away on the leg side, runs hard and gets back for the second

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 80/0
AC Gilchrist    45* (47b 7x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-13-0
SM Katich    26* (34b 1x4)     

13.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run

13.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, bowled from round the stumps, close to the off stump line and Katich ends up with an inside edge, Sangakkara dives across and saves runs

13.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, edged away to the gully region

13.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, short rising delivery outside the off stump, Katich goes after it and gets beaten, not sure if he got a nick on it, they go up for the catch and it is referred to the tv umpire - replays confirm that there is no edge involved and Katich stays on

13.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling in, Katich gets behind the line and pushes it away in front of point, Pietersen attacks the ball and cuts off the single

13.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, angling down the leg side, Katich is hit on the pad looking to work it away on the leg side, loud confident appeal for lbw turned down, that was missing leg by a long way

End of over 14 (maiden) Australia 80/0
SM Katich    26* (40b 1x4)      A Flintoff    4-1-20-0
AC Gilchrist    45* (47b 7x4)     

14.1

Kallis to Gilchrist, OUT, first blood! bowled from round the wicket, ball coming back in from outside the off stump, Gilchrist plays down the wrong line and the ball crashes into the stumps - Kallis strikes

AC Gilchrist b Kallis 45 (76m 48b 7x4 0x6) SR: 93.75

That's an important breakthrough for World XI - Gilchrist was looking all set for a big one. Ricky Ponting is the next man in

14.2

Kallis to Ponting, 1 wide, pitched way outside the off stump and swinging away further, out of reach

14.2

Kallis to Ponting, 1 run, good line and length delivery, Ponting ends up with an inside edge and the ball rolls away to the fine leg region

14.3

Kallis to Katich, 1 run, pushed away on the leg side, early call and a quick single is taken

14.4

Kallis to Ponting, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended watchfully

14.5

Kallis to Ponting, no run, good length delivery, angling in from outside the off stump, Ponting pushes forward to defend and gets hit on the pad, loud appeal for lbw turned down - just hit him outside the line of the off stump

14.6

Kallis to Ponting, no run

PowerPlay 3 on now

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 83/1
RT Ponting    1* (4b)      JH Kallis    3-0-16-1
SM Katich    27* (41b 1x4)     

15.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run

15.2

Flintoff to Katich, FOUR, fuller delivery from Freddie, and this time a bit wide too, inviting Katich to take on him, and Katich duly obliges by hitting it over the man at cover point for a welcome boundary

15.3

Flintoff to Katich, FOUR, Freddie makes up for bowling full and ends up bowling a short one, this time Katich is ready for it on the back foot and pulls it away just to the right of the square leg umpire, rolls his wrist nicely over it to make sure its played down the ground

15.4

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, intelligent cricket, This time Freddie comes over the stumps and bowls a bit straight, Katich plays it away to the onside and takes a single

15.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run

15.6

Flintoff to Ponting, SIX, shot!!! the delivery from Flintoff was just a bit short of good length, but Ponting is so quick on his feet that he rocks back and pulls it away over the square leg fence for the fitrst six of the Super Series

End of over 16 (15 runs) Australia 98/1
RT Ponting    7* (6b 1x6)      A Flintoff    5-1-35-0
SM Katich    36* (45b 3x4)     

16.1

Kallis to Katich, 1 run, Kallis starts off with one on the pads, and this time Katich gets his front foot outside the line of the off stump and paddles it away to the onside

16.2

Kallis to Ponting, 3 runs, off cvutter from Kallis outside the off, enough room for Ponting to drive him down the ground, it takes a long chase from Shoaibn Akhtar to field the ball and return the ball back to Kallis

16.3

Kallis to Katich, FOUR, more runs, pitched up in the slot outside the off stump, Katich quickly gets in to a good position and creams it away to the cover fence, terrific shot

16.4

Kallis to Katich, no run, slower ball, the off cutter and Katich is hit on the pad, loud appeal for lbw turned down, probably came in after pitching outside the leg stump

16.5

Kallis to Katich, 2 runs, pitched up, driven down to long-off

16.6

Kallis to Katich, no run, pushed down to the mid-on region

spin being introduced into the attack - in comes Murali

End of over 17 (10 runs) Australia 108/1
SM Katich    43* (50b 4x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-26-1
RT Ponting    10* (7b 1x6)     

17.1

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, turned away on the leg side and they take off for a dangerous single, Pietersen moves across quickly but fails to hit the stumps direct, Katich dives in and the third umpire confirms that he is safe

direct hit and that would have been all over for Katich

17.2

Muralitharan to Katich, no run, pushed to gully

17.3

Muralitharan to Katich, no run, defended stretching well forward but not cleanly, was the dosara

17.4

Muralitharan to Katich, no run, pushed away on the off side

17.5

Muralitharan to Katich, no run, pushed to gully

17.6

Muralitharan to Katich, no run, defended back down the track, Murali starts off with a good over

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 109/1
SM Katich    43* (55b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-1-0
RT Ponting    11* (8b 1x6)     

18.1

Pollock to Ponting, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven down to the mid-off region

18.2

Pollock to Ponting, 1 run, inside edge and the ball rolls away on the leg side, quick single taken

18.3

Pollock to Katich, 1 run, another good delivery, on the middle and leg stump line, Katich takes it on the back-foot and pushes it away on the leg side, Pollock follows it up but fails to cut off the single

18.4

Pollock to Ponting, no run, defended to the leg side, not a convincing shot that

18.5

Pollock to Ponting, no run, good length delivery, hint of away swing, Ponting drives beautifully but straight to the fielder at cover

18.6

Pollock to Ponting, no run, drifting in from outside the off stump, Ponting fails to make contact, was looking to slap it away on the leg side, ball crashes into the pad, appeal for lbw turned down, missing leg

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 111/1
RT Ponting    12* (13b 1x6)      SM Pollock    4-0-18-0
SM Katich    44* (56b 4x4)     

19.1

Muralitharan to Katich, no run, pushed back down the track

19.2

Muralitharan to Katich, no run, turning in from outside the leg stump, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls back down the track

19.3

Muralitharan to Katich, 3 runs, fraction short and drifting across the left-hander, Katich plays late and gets it away past Flintoff at backward point

19.4

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, quicker delivery and Ponting gets hit on the pad, again missing leg by a long away

19.5

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, defended on the back-foot

19.6

Muralitharan to Ponting, FOUR, comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it down to the long-on fence, safe shot

End of over 20 (7 runs) Australia 118/1
RT Ponting    16* (16b 1x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    2-0-8-0
SM Katich    47* (59b 4x4)     

20.1

Pollock to Katich, no run, on the middle and off stump line, turned away on the leg side

20.2

Pollock to Katich, 1 run, another good length delivery, this one is angled across the left-hander, Katich gets behind the line and pushes it away into the gap on the off side

20.3

Pollock to Ponting, no run, defended straight back, fielded by Pollock on his follow through

20.4

Pollock to Ponting, no run, cut away to the gully region

20.5

Pollock to Ponting, 2 runs, drifting on to the pads and Ponting turns it away through square leg, Akhtar moving across from fine leg fails to pick it up cleanly and Ponting gets enough time to get back for the second run

20.6

Pollock to Ponting, 1 run, edged away to the third man region

news just comes in that it is raining outside !

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 122/1
RT Ponting    19* (20b 1x4 1x6)      SM Pollock    5-0-22-0
SM Katich    48* (61b 4x4)     

21.1

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run

21.2

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 wide, down the leg side, Ponting fails to make contact

21.2

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, defended on the back-foot, ball rolls down the track and is fielded by Murali moving across to his right

21.3

Muralitharan to Ponting, 3 runs, cut away late, gets it wide of the fielder at gully, comfortable three

21.4

Muralitharan to Katich, no run, defended

21.5

Muralitharan to Katich, 1 run, cut away to the deep cover region, Vettori is the fielder in the deep

21.6

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, flat delivery outside the off stump, Ponting gets down on one knee and sweeps it away through square leg, easy single to end the over

End of over 22 (6 runs) Australia 128/1
RT Ponting    23* (24b 1x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-14-0
SM Katich    49* (63b 4x4)     

22.1

Pollock to Ponting, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, forced away to the point region

22.2

Pollock to Ponting, OUT, good length delivery outside the off stump, Ponting comes down the track looking to clear the ropes but ends up hitting it high up towards the deep cover region, Lara moving in from the deep judges it to perfection - Australia two down

RT Ponting c Lara b Pollock 23 (33m 27b 1x4 1x6) SR: 85.18

Ponting there failed to get to the pitch of the ball but went through with the shot - Lara did well to get under it Martyn is the next man in

22.3

Pollock to Katich, no run, driven to cover

22.4

Pollock to Katich, no run

22.5

Pollock to Katich, no run, pushed away on the off side

22.6

Pollock to Katich, no run, driven off the back-foot to the extra cover region

End of over 23 (wicket maiden) Australia 128/2
SM Katich    49* (67b 4x4)      SM Pollock    6-1-22-1
DR Martyn    0* (0b)     

23.1

Muralitharan to Martyn, no run

23.2

Muralitharan to Martyn, no run, played down to the mid-on region

23.3

Muralitharan to Martyn, OUT, duck! comes down the track looking to clear Vettori at mid-on but doesn't quite get to the pitch of the delivery and the ball lobs up towards mid-on, Vettori quickly moves across to his right and takes a good diving catch

DR Martyn c Vettori b Muralitharan 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Murali too joins the party - Australia in a spot of bother here Andrew Symonds is the next man in

23.4

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, flat delivery, turned away towards midwicket

23.5

Muralitharan to Symonds, 2 runs, runs it down to third man,Symonds off the mark with a good shot

23.6

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run

End of over 24 (2 runs) Australia 130/3
A Symonds    2* (3b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-16-1
SM Katich    49* (67b 4x4)     

24.1

Pollock to Katich, 2 runs, turned away to the fine leg region, single brings up Katich's fifty - well played

24.2

Pollock to Katich, 2 runs, cut away through point

24.3

Pollock to Katich, no run, played away towards cover

24.4

Pollock to Katich, 1 run, pushed away to the short cover region, quick single taken

24.5

Pollock to Symonds, no run

24.6

Pollock to Symonds, no run

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 135/3
A Symonds    2* (5b)      SM Pollock    7-1-27-1
SM Katich    54* (71b 4x4)     

25.1

Muralitharan to Katich, no run, well bowled dosara, this one came back in a long way, Katich jams his bat down and saves himself

25.2

Muralitharan to Katich, 1 run, flighted delivery outside the off stump, played wide of the cover fielder

25.3

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 leg bye, round the wicket to the right-hander, pitched outside the off stump and straightened a bit, Symonds looking to sweep it away fails to make contact, appeal for lbw turned down

25.4

Muralitharan to Katich, 1 run, steps out and plays it away through midwicket

25.5

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, comes down the track and drives it straight back to Murali

25.6

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, turned away on the leg side, Murali follows it up well and cuts off the single

Akhtar is back

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 138/3
A Symonds    2* (8b)      M Muralitharan    5-0-18-1
SM Katich    56* (74b 4x4)     

26.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, 2 runs, on the pads and Katich turns it away behind square on the leg side, easy two

26.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, no run, good length delivery, pitched in line and angling across the left-hander, Katich moves across and defends it watchfully

26.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Katich, 1 bye, good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing and Katich is beaten, Sangakkara fails to hold on to a low ball and the batsmen cross over

26.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Symonds, no run, short rising delivery close to the off stump line, Symonds stands tall on the back-foot and defends it well

26.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Symonds, no run, another effort ball, this one is not directed well, ball goes down leg side but Akhtar gets away with it

26.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Symonds, 1 wide, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Symonds flashes hard but fails to make contact

26.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Symonds, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 142/3
A Symonds    2* (11b)      Shoaib Akhtar    6-1-29-0
SM Katich    58* (77b 4x4)     

27.1

Muralitharan to Katich, no run

27.2

Muralitharan to Katich, OUT, gone! another batsman departs looking to give the charge to Murali, ends up giving a straight return catch and Murali makes no mistake - Australia four down

SM Katich c & b Muralitharan 58 (133m 78b 4x4 0x6) SR: 74.35

that's an important breakthrough as Katich was the set batsman - now we have two new batsmen at the crease Clarke is the next man in

27.3

Muralitharan to Clarke, no run, tossed up, defended stretching well forward

27.4

Muralitharan to Clarke, 1 run, turned away to the midwicket region, Clarke off the mark with an easy single

27.5

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, defended on the front-foot , bat and pad held together, half hearted appeal for lbw turned down

27.6

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 143/4
A Symonds    2* (13b)      M Muralitharan    6-0-19-2
MJ Clarke    1* (2b)     

28.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run, short rising delivery, close to the off stump line and Clarke defends it standing tall on the back-foot

28.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, 1 run, another short ball, Clarke was in no position to play the pull shot but goes through with it, ball lobs up on the leg side and falls just wide of Kallis diving across at midwicket - excellent effort but couldn't quite reach it

28.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Symonds, 1 no ball, pitched up, defended

28.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Symonds, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Symonds looking to drive it away ends up with an edge but the ball falls well short of Flintoff at first slip who fails to stop the ball cleanly

28.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run, good bouncer, inviting Clarke to go for the pull but this time he ducks under it

28.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run, fuller length delivery, driven off the front-foot and the ball rolls back to the bowler

28.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Clarke, no run, pushed to gully

Vettori into the attack now - left arm round the wicket to the right-hander

End of over 29 (3 runs) Australia 146/4
MJ Clarke    2* (7b)      Shoaib Akhtar    7-1-32-0
A Symonds    3* (15b)     

29.1

Vettori to Symonds, no run, slightly short but close to the off stump line, the top spinner as they call it, Symonds jams his bat and the ball rolls away to the short third man region

29.2

Vettori to Symonds, no run, defended on the front-foot, presented the full face of the bat there

29.3

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, fuller and Symonds sweeps it away to the deep bvackward square leg region

29.4

Vettori to Clarke, no run, good delivery, Clarke shuffles across and plays it back to the bowler

29.5

Vettori to Clarke, 1 run, driven down to long-off

29.6

Vettori to Symonds, no run, played down into the ground, Vettori starts off with a decent over

Flintoss back on - one slip in place

End of over 30 (2 runs) Australia 148/4
A Symonds    4* (19b)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0
MJ Clarke    3* (9b)     

30.1

Flintoff to Clarke, 2 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven away off the back-foot to the deep cover region, gets it wide of the fielder in the deep and gets back for the second, excellent running between the wickets

30.2

Flintoff to Clarke, 1 run, fraction short, Clarke plays it away swinging across on one foot

30.3

Flintoff to Symonds, 2 runs, played down to the third man region, Murali moving in from the deep is not quick enough to stop the second run

30.4

Flintoff to Symonds, 1 wide, down the leg side

30.4

Flintoff to Symonds, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended

30.5

Flintoff to Symonds, no run, another good delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling in, no width offered and Symonds is made to defend

30.6

Flintoff to Symonds, no run, again close to the off stump line, pushed down to the mid-off region, end of a good over

End of over 31 (6 runs) Australia 154/4
A Symonds    6* (23b)      A Flintoff    6-1-41-0
MJ Clarke    6* (11b)     

31.1

Vettori to Clarke, no run, flat delivery, driven straight back to the bowler

31.2

Vettori to Clarke, no run, fraction short, cut away off the back-foot but straight to Dravid at point

31.3

Vettori to Clarke, no run, another good delivery, Clarke comes down the track but fails to get to the pitch of the delivery, ends up playing it back to the bowler

31.4

Vettori to Clarke, no run, defended on the back-foot, and the frustration continues

31.5

Vettori to Clarke, OUT, another return catch! this one is tossed up outside the off stump, not much spin on it, Clarke looking to turn it away ends up hitting it straight back to the bowler, as easy as it gets - Australia in trouble here

MJ Clarke c & b Vettori 6 (20m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Michael Hussey is the next man in

31.6

Vettori to Hussey, no run, bowled from the over the wicket, flighted delivery outside the off stump and Hussey pushes it back to the bowler - wicket maiden!

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End of over 32 (wicket maiden) Australia 154/5
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      DL Vettori    2-1-2-1
A Symonds    6* (23b)     

32.1

Flintoff to Symonds, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Symonds drives and gets it wide of the gully fielder

32.2

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, quicker delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling away from the left-hander, Hussey leaves it for the keeper

32.3

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

32.4

Flintoff to Hussey, no run

32.5

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, good length delivery, Hussey looking to defend it on the front-foot is beaten by the angle - well bowled

32.6

Flintoff to Hussey, no run, short of a good length delivery, this one is close to the off stump line and Hussey shoulders arms - end of another good over for World XI

End of over 33 (1 run) Australia 155/5
MEK Hussey    0* (6b)      A Flintoff    7-1-42-0
A Symonds    7* (24b)     

33.1

Vettori to Symonds, no run, down the leg side, Symonds looking to turns it away fails to make contact

33.2

Vettori to Symonds, 1 bye, lovely delivery, this one went right through the gap between bat and pad, Vettori bowling like a champion here

33.3

Vettori to Hussey, no run, flat delivery, again the one that goes straight on after pitching, Hussey playing for spin is beaten by a long away

33.4

Vettori to Hussey, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended

33.5

Vettori to Hussey, no run, quicker delivery outside the off stump, pushed away towards cover

33.6

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, drifting on to the pads, turned away to the vacant square leg region for an easy single

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 157/5
MEK Hussey    1* (10b)      DL Vettori    3-1-3-1
A Symonds    7* (26b)     

34.1

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, worked away behind square on the leg side

34.2

Flintoff to Symonds, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Symonds pushes it away on the off side, played with soft hands and a quick single is taken - well run

34.3

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 wide, short and way outside the off stump

34.3

Flintoff to Hussey, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, Hussey brings his bat down hard on this one and the ball races away to the backward point fence, welcome runs for Australia

34.4

Flintoff to Hussey, 1 run, pushed away on the off side and a quick single is taken, there was bit of hesitation going for the single but in the end both the batsmen made it across safely

34.5

Flintoff to Symonds, no run

34.6

Flintoff to Symonds, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump and Symonds drives it away through covers, powerful shot that - end of a good over for Australia

End of over 35 (12 runs) Australia 169/5
A Symonds    12* (29b 1x4)      A Flintoff    8-1-54-0
MEK Hussey    7* (13b 1x4)     

35.1

Vettori to Hussey, no run, played back to the bowler

35.2

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, pushed down the track to the mid-on region, Flintoff moves in quickly and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end and they go upstairs, green light flashes - Hussey in, saved by the stretch

35.3

Vettori to Symonds, 2 runs, cut away off the back-foot to the deep point region

35.4

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, pulled away to the wide long-on region, not a well timed shot that

35.5

Vettori to Hussey, no run, played off the front-foot to the point region

35.6

Vettori to Hussey, no run, defended

Murali back into the attack now

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 173/5
MEK Hussey    8* (17b 1x4)      DL Vettori    4-1-7-1
A Symonds    15* (31b 1x4)     

36.1

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 run, tossed up and turning in, driven down the track to the long-on region, Dravid moves across quickly and keeps it down to just one

36.2

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, beaten outside the off stump, Hussey was clueless there

36.3

Muralitharan to Hussey, 3 runs, turning in from outside the leg stump, Hussey moves across a bit and turns it away fine

36.4

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, top spinner and the ball goes right through Symonds - lovely delivery

36.5

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run, when in doubt sweep and that's exactly what Symonds did, but the shot is not timed well enough and the ball lobs up over the keeper after clipping the glove

36.6

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 run, turned away to the midwicket region, quick single to end the over

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 178/5
A Symonds    17* (35b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-24-2
MEK Hussey    11* (19b 1x4)     

37.1

Vettori to Symonds, no run, defended into the track

37.2

Vettori to Symonds, no run, pushed back down the track

37.3

Vettori to Symonds, 2 runs, played away to the wide long-on region, runs hard and gets back for the second

37.4

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, fraction short, Symonds waits for it and forces it away towards point

37.5

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up outside the off stump, Hussey gets well forward and drives it down the track to the long-on region

37.6

Vettori to Symonds, no run, good delivery to end the over, Symonds is made to defend

End of over 38 (4 runs) Australia 182/5
A Symonds    20* (40b 1x4)      DL Vettori    5-1-11-1
MEK Hussey    12* (20b 1x4)     

38.1

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, forced away on the off side, fielder are deep and a quick single is taken

38.2

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 run, quicker delivery outside the off stump and Symonds pushes it away behind point for a single

38.3

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, cut away to the gully region

38.4

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, this one turned a lot and Hussey is beaten outside the off stump, excellent delivery

38.5

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, played wide of the mid-on fielder

38.6

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 run, turned away to the short fine leg region

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 186/5
A Symonds    22* (42b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-28-2
MEK Hussey    14* (24b 1x4)     

39.1

Vettori to Symonds, no run, pushed quicker through the air and Symonds is beaten outside the off stump

39.2

Vettori to Symonds, no run, defended watchfully

39.3

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, turned away off the back-foot to the square leg region

39.4

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, edged away to the short third man region

39.5

Vettori to Symonds, 1 run, swept away to the deep backward square leg region

39.6

Vettori to Hussey, 2 runs, again swept away behind square on the leg side, runs hard and comes back for the second - another quick over goes by

End of over 40 (5 runs) Australia 191/5
MEK Hussey    17* (26b 1x4)      DL Vettori    6-1-16-1
A Symonds    24* (46b 1x4)     

40.1

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 run, swept away to the backward square leg region

40.2

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, swept away straight to the man at short fine leg

40.3

Muralitharan to Hussey, 3 runs, fraction short, Hussey quickly gets in to position and cuts it away to the third man region, excellent timing and placement

40.4

Muralitharan to Symonds, no run

40.5

Muralitharan to Symonds, SIX, tossed up outside the off stump, Symonds comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it over the long-off fence, good clean hit

40.6

Muralitharan to Symonds, 1 run, swept away to the short fine leg region, single to end the over

End of over 41 (11 runs) Australia 202/5
A Symonds    32* (50b 1x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    9-0-39-2
MEK Hussey    20* (28b 1x4)     

41.1

Vettori to Symonds, 2 runs, quicker delivery on the pads, played off the back-foot to the deep midwicket region, takes on the fielder moving in from the deep and comes back comfortably for the second, excellent piece of running between the wickets

41.2

Vettori to Symonds, 2 runs, comes down the track and drives it down to the long-off region, fumble in the deep by Afridi allows the batsmen to come back for the second

41.3

Vettori to Symonds, no run, hit on the pad, loud confident appeal for lbw turned down

41.4

Vettori to Symonds, OUT, gone! Symonds departs looking to force the pace, once again was looking to clear the fence by coming down the track but this time holds out to Flintoff at long-on, Vettori gets another one to his name

A Symonds c Flintoff b Vettori 36 (73m 54b 1x4 1x6) SR: 66.66

Shane Watson walks in

41.5

Vettori to Hussey, no run, defended on the front-foot

41.6

Vettori to Hussey, no run

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 206/6
MEK Hussey    20* (30b 1x4)      DL Vettori    7-1-20-2
SR Watson    0* (0b)     

42.1

Muralitharan to Watson, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, turning in from outside the off stump, defended on the back-foot

silly point in place for the new man

42.2

Muralitharan to Watson, no run, drifting down the leg side, Watson fails to make contact and the ball hits the pad, half hearted appeal for lbw turned down

42.3

Muralitharan to Watson, no run, driven off the back-foot but straight to Akhtar at backward point

42.4

Muralitharan to Watson, 1 run, flighted delivery, this one turned the other way, edged away to the gully region

42.5

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, turned away to the square leg region

42.6

Muralitharan to Watson, no run, quicker delivery, defended to the leg side

That's the end of Murali's spell and he straightaway goes off the field - the SuperSub Afridi is now on

End of over 43 (2 runs) Australia 208/6
SR Watson    1* (5b)      M Muralitharan    10-0-41-2
MEK Hussey    21* (31b 1x4)     

43.1

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, glanced away to the short fine leg region, quick single taken, third umpire is called in and once again the green light flashes - Watson in comfortably

43.2

Vettori to Watson, 2 runs, driven down to the long-off region, runs hard and comfortably comes back for the second

43.3

Vettori to Watson, 2 runs, driven away to the deep cover region

43.4

Vettori to Watson, no run, quicker delivery but fraction short, cut away to the gully region

43.5

Vettori to Watson, no run, hit on the pad looking to drive it away on the leg side

43.6

Vettori to Watson, no run, pushed back to the bowler, another good over from Vettori comes to an end

Pollock is back into the attack now

End of over 44 (5 runs) Australia 213/6
SR Watson    5* (10b)      DL Vettori    8-1-25-2
MEK Hussey    22* (32b 1x4)     

44.1

Pollock to Hussey, 1 run, driven hard and straight to Afridi at cover, was a chance but Afridi fails to hold on to a fairly easy chance, powerfull hit that

44.2

Pollock to Watson, no run

44.3

Pollock to Watson, 2 runs, slower delivery and Watson looking to pull it away is nowhere near the ball but luckily the top edge falls safe

44.4

Pollock to Watson, no run, fulltoss on the pads, Watson fails to make contact

44.5

Pollock to Watson, 1 run, yorker length delivery, driven away on the leg side

44.6

Pollock to Hussey, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it away towards cover

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 218/6
MEK Hussey    24* (34b 1x4)      SM Pollock    8-1-32-1
SR Watson    8* (14b)     

45.1

Vettori to Hussey, 2 runs, reverse sweep makes contact and the ball goes wide of the fielder at short third man

45.2

Vettori to Hussey, 2 runs, swept away in the air to the deep cover region, Pietersen moves across quickly in the deep but fails to get there on time, that was a valiant effort

45.3

Vettori to Hussey, no run, defended to the on side

45.4

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, glanced away to the short fine leg region

45.5

Vettori to Watson, OUT, another batsmen departs trying to force the pace - this time courtesy a brilliant catch by Brian Lara at deep midwicket, timed his jump to perfect and took it with two hands and high over his head, wicket number three for Vettori

SR Watson c Lara b Vettori 8 (15m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

Australia seven down - Brett Lee is the next man in

45.6

Vettori to Hussey, no run, pushed away to the short third man region

End of over 46 (5 runs) Australia 223/7
MEK Hussey    29* (39b 1x4)      DL Vettori    9-1-30-3
B Lee    0* (0b)     

46.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, 1 run, cut away through point, Lee of the mark

46.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Hussey, 1 run, pushed away on the off side, Dravid moves in quickly but fails to hit the stumps at the striker's end and that saves Lee

46.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, 1 run, edged away to the gully region, Pietersen fails to stop it cleanly and the batsmen cross over

46.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Hussey, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, Hussey jams his bat down in time and the ball rolls away wide of the cover fielder

46.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, no run, attempted yorker, ends up as a low fulltoss and Lee finds the man at mid-on

46.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, 1 run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, defended off the back-foot to the vacant midwicket region

Vettori to continue - into his last over now

End of over 47 (5 runs) Australia 228/7
B Lee    3* (4b)      Shoaib Akhtar    8-1-37-0
MEK Hussey    31* (41b 1x4)     

47.1

Vettori to Lee, 1 run, quicker delivery outside the off stump, driven away to the deep cover region

47.2

Vettori to Hussey, no run, drifting down the leg side, Hussey goes down on one knee looking to slog it away but fails to make contact, ball hits the pad and rolls away on the off side, half hearted appeal for lbw turned down

47.3

Vettori to Hussey, 1 run, stretches forward and taps it away to the short third man region, Akhtar there moves across quickly and keeps it down to just one

47.4

Vettori to Lee, 1 run, comes down the track and drives it away to the midwicket region

47.5

Vettori to Hussey, OUT, bowled from over the wicket, tossed up outside the off stump, Hussey goes down on one knee and slogs it away straight down the throat of Pietersen at deep midwicket - Vettori on a roll here!

MEK Hussey c Pietersen b Vettori 32 (61m 44b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Australia eight down - Bracken is the next man in

47.6

Vettori to Bracken, no run, defended to the off side and that's the end of a brilliant spell

End of over 48 (3 runs) Australia 231/8
NW Bracken    0* (1b)      DL Vettori    10-1-33-4
B Lee    5* (6b)     

48.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, SIX, LEE! short ball, not that bad a delivery but Lee swings across and gets it on the middle, ball flies over the midwicket fence - clean hit

48.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, 2 runs, fulltoss and Lee smashes it away through extra cover

48.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, no run, swung away to the midwicket region, not a well timed shot, Dravid moves across quickly and fields

48.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, (no ball) 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Lee makes room and swing hard, ball clips the inside edge and races away to the fine leg region, it's a no-ball as well

48.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Bracken, 1 run, attempted yorker, ends up as a low fulltoss and Bracken punches it away well wide of the fielder at mid-off, Lee is back in strike - excellent cricket this

48.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, was the slower ball and Lee misses it by a mile

48.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Lee, 1 run, what was that! wide delivery outside the off stump, Lee swing across violently, going down on one knee as he played it, ball rolls away towards cover point!

Flintoff to bowl the last over of the innings

End of over 49 (12 runs) Australia 243/8
B Lee    15* (12b 1x6)      Shoaib Akhtar    9-1-49-0
NW Bracken    1* (2b)     

49.1

Flintoff to Lee, 1 run, yorker length delivery, Lee digs it out well and a single is added to the total

49.2

Flintoff to Bracken, 1 run, makes room and cuts it away to third man

49.3

Flintoff to Lee, FOUR, another fuller length delivery, ball clips the inside edge and races away to the fine leg fence, Flintoff unlucky there

49.4

Flintoff to Lee, 2 runs, makes rooms and drives it down to the long-on region, runs hard and gets back for the second and that will keep Lee on strike

49.5

Flintoff to Lee, 2 runs, again played down to the long-on region, once again Pietersen fails to prevent the second run

49.6

Flintoff to Lee, 2 runs, pitched up delivery, Lee makes room and drives it away to the wide long-on region

And that's the end of the Australian innings Ponting did the right thing by electing to bat after winning the toss, Gilchrist and Katich started off well and at one stage Australia were looking at a total in excess of 300 but the World XI bowlers came back in to the game nicely - they started picking wickets at regular intervals and the run rate took a dive for the worse. Vettori was the star and the wrecker-in-chief, Murali gave him excellent support In the end Australia managed only 255, one look at the World XI team will tell you why it is not looking good for Australia at the moment we will be back with all the live action in 30 minutes time - be sure to join us then at 8:30 GMT For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit www.cricinfo.com Do write in with any feedback at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html untill then this is Sajan Nair signing off Match State: Innings Break Welcome back Players are back in the middle and we are all set for the start of the second innings required run rate is 5.12 - get ready for some exciting cricket Virender Sehwag and Kumar Sangakkara will open the innings for World XI and it will be Brett Lee to start the bowling attack

End of over 50 (12 runs) Australia 255/8
B Lee    26* (17b 1x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    9-1-66-0
NW Bracken    2* (3b)     
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Oct 5, 2005

Ricky Ponting catches Daniel Vettori to finish the match, Australia v World XI, 1st ODI, Melbourne, October 5, 2005

Ricky Ponting catches Daniel Vettori to finish the match

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