CRICKETS BEST GIVE ALL FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS
By Rob F – ( SNNI Melbourne ) photos by Johann J & Vernon T (SNNI) MCG
A crowd of over seventy one thousand came to Australia’s home of Cricket, the MCG to watch the worlds best cricketers do battle in the Tsunami appeal world cricket match.
The World eleven took on the might of Asians best performers in a tribute to more than 150,000 victims of the Boxing-Day tsunami. Whilst the victor’s scorecard was not so much the focus of the day, the match’s end was less important than the means. A staggering AUD $14.6million was raised by the close of play. The World XI recorded a convincing victory over the Asian team who bore tales about the deaths of loved ones’ and the near misses of others.
Ricky Ponting captain of the World X1 led his team to a massive score of 8 for 344 scoring a brilliant 115 runs himself. Brian Lara 52 and Chris Cairns also contributed well to produce a very impressive team score. Sri Lankas Muralitharan was the best of the Asia X1 bowlers taking 3 wickets for 59 runs off 10 overs. A Kumble and Z Khan both contributed with 2 wickets each.
Asia got off to a good start in their chase with a first wicket partnership of 59 between Jayasuriya and Sehwag, before Jaysuriya was on his way back to the pavilion. Shortly after Sehwag’s innings also came to an end and the score was 2-76. Gangully came to the crease and he too reached double figures, but it was Dravids knock of 75 not out that was the outstanding innings for the Asian
team. Sangakkara was the only other batsman to reach double figures.
Asia was all out of 232 losing bye112 runs. Warne and Vettori with 2 and 3 wickets each were the best of the World X1 bowlers. It was not the scorecard that mattered however. The enthusiasm and excitement shown by the spectators around the ground was electric as they cheered and screamed for their cricketing heroes. It was clear to see however that the real winners were the Tsunami victims.