Super Test: Interestingly poised
Play ended on day three at Sydney with 25 runs on the board for the World XI
after losing both the openers in the chase of 355 for a win against the World Champion team.
From 66/1 overnight
, the day started brightly for Australia as Hayden and Ponting continued to score runs freely and they seemed to be running away with the game at 152/1. Harmison initiated the collapse by getting rid of Hayden and Clarke. This is when the World XI came back in with Flintoff and Muralitharan. Flintoff was terrific and continued to trouble the Aussies by dismissing Ponting, Watson & Warne. Muralitharan displayed his class
and accounted for Katich and Gilchrist within a space of 4 deliveries. Even on a deteriorating wicket, Vettori proved ineffective which might raise a few more questions
. The World XI got their bowling act together
again and ended the Aussie second innings for 199.
Set to make 355 for a win, the World XI reply started badly by losing their skipper Smith
to McGrath even before adding a run on the board in just the fitth ball of the innings. There was more bad news for the World XI before stumps as Sehwag snicked one to Gilchrist off MacGill, but not before carting Warne over mid wicket for a huge six. Dravid (17*) was looking good in his brief stay at the wicket and Lara was yet to open his account when play ended. The World XI would certainly need one special innings from any one of their batting stars as Flintoff rightly said
its possible to chase the target, though it won't be easy. If Lara can break the jinx of his single digit scores
in this trip, there would be something worth watching tomorrow.
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