1st ODI (D/N), Melbourne, Oct 5 2005, ICC World XI tour of Australia
(41.3/50 ov, target 256)162
Australia won by 93 runs
player of the match
Shane Watson

Australia win by 93 runs

255 was never a good looking total against this packed World XI team but the bowlers did their job exceptionally well, everyone chipped it with wickets and in the end it was a fantastic victory for the Australians

McGrath and Lee did the damage early , Bracken and Watson followed up well and one after the other the World XI batsmen were dismissed cheaply.

Watson picked up three wickets, Lee and McGrath got two each, Symonds and Bracken chipped in with one each

now for the presentaion

Pollock - I though 255 was gettable, few soft dismissals turned it the other way, We got to put it together, haven't got too many days, I am looking forward to the next one.

Ponting - `we played quite different today, we got out and played good cricket, full credit to the boys - wicket looked good and we wanted to put in a big total, 255 was always going to be a hard target, the boys bowled beautifully

other than the few dropped catches i am happy with the way we played

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Watson (Man of the Match) - Everything seems to be going on pretty well, and i am happy with how things worked out '

Australia have started off well, this series is still wide open with two more matches left to be played.

That's all we have for you today - we hope you have enjoyed the coverage - thanks for being with us

Until next time this is Sajan Nair signing off

Lee to Vettori, OUT

all over! fraction short and outside the off stump, Vettori looking to slice it away ends up hitting it straight to Ponting at backward point

Daniel Vettori c Ponting b Lee 15 (34m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.57
Lee to Vettori, no run

pitched up outside the off stump, Vettori finds the fielder at point

Lee to Vettori, no run

bowled from outside the wicket, defended back to the bowler

end of over 4111 runs
ICC: 162/9CRR: 3.95 • RRR: 10.44 • Need 94 runs from 54b
Shoaib Akhtar10 (5)
Daniel Vettori15 (25)
Andrew Symonds9-0-38-1

Lee is back

Symonds to Shoaib Akhtar, SIX runs

this one goes all the way! swings across and gets it on the middle, ball sails over the midwicket fence, another good clean hit

Symonds to Shoaib Akhtar, FOUR runs

shot! long-hop and Akhtar takes full toll, leans back and pulls it away into the gap between the fielders in the deep, excellent placement

Symonds to Shoaib Akhtar, no run

fuller and on the middle and leg stump line, punched down to the mid-off region

Symonds to Shoaib Akhtar, no run

quicker delivery outside the off stump, edged away to the gully region

Symonds to Vettori, 1 run

comes down the track and ends up with a thick inside edge

Symonds to Vettori, no run

played back

end of over 407 runs • 1 wicket
ICC: 151/9CRR: 3.77 • RRR: 10.50 • Need 105 runs from 60b
Shoaib Akhtar0 (1)
Daniel Vettori14 (23)
Shane Watson10-0-43-3

Australia need just one more wicket now

Watson to Shoaib Akhtar, no run

short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, defended

Watson to Vettori, 1 run

short ball, pulled away to the deep midwicket region, just a single

Watson to Vettori, no run

defended watchfully

Shoaib Akhtar is the last man in

Watson to Flintoff, OUT

another nail goes in! good length delivery, Flintoff once again swings hard - this time he was eyeing the long-on fence but the shot is not timed well enough and the ball balloons up in the air, McGrath running in from the deep makes no mistake

Andrew Flintoff c McGrath b Watson 38 (71m 52b 2x4 1x6) SR: 73.08
Watson to Flintoff, no run

driven to covers

Watson to Flintoff, SIX runs

shot! good length delivery, Flintoff steps forward and lofts it away inside out, ball sails over the cover fence, there was a fielder in the deep but he had no chance

end of over 392 runs
ICC: 144/8CRR: 3.69 • RRR: 10.18 • Need 112 runs from 11 overs
Daniel Vettori13 (21)
Andrew Flintoff32 (48)
Andrew Symonds8-0-27-1
Symonds to Vettori, no run

comes down the track and ends up driving it back to the bowler

Symonds to Flintoff, 1 run

fuller and Flintoff drives it down to the long-on region

Symonds to Vettori, 1 run

played away to the fine leg region

Symonds to Vettori, no run
Symonds to Vettori, no run
Symonds to Vettori, no run

bottom edge and the ball goes past the keeper