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    January 04, 2005

    Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting put Australia firmly in the driver's seat at the SCG through a whirlwind partnership of over 150 runs made at over 5 runs per over. Ponting made yet another double-century (all his last three centuries have been double centuries) while Gilchrist made a typically rambunctious ridiculously quick century, at a strike-rate in excess of 95. Thanks to Shane Watson's contribution on debut, Australia ended up at 568, a lead of 264. In reply, Pakistan got off to a good start but lost Butt to the first ball served up by MacGill.

    Pakistan once again paid the price for not capitalizing on a great century partnership provided by the openers and a good second wicket stand which left them at 190/1 just past midway on the first day. Then the collapse happened, with MacGill picking up a five wicket haul. Pakistan were dismissed for 304, which was surely around 200 runs lesser than what they would have wanted in the first place. Yet again, Australia showing who the boss was. Expect an innings drubbing.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 9:26 AM |
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