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    October 07, 2005

    World XI falls prey yet again

    Australia seemed to be back to their usual self after the ashes loss with yet another thumping win over the ICC World XI. Australia was helped by winning the toss again and was even more helped with Gilchrist getting his blitzkrieg form back as he went berserk over the best bowlers in the world and notched up his 12th ODI hundred(8x4, 4x6), his first against the World XI. He was ably supported by his Katich (47) initially. Ponting and Martyn too seemed to get their touch back with exciting half-centuries to their names. Symonds hit some lusty blows at the end which made Australia and with 328 for 4. The bowling hero for World XI in their first match, Vettori went wicketless this time and Muralitharan ended up with 1 for 43 from his 10 overs and the pacers were treated almost like Zimbabwean bowlers by the World Champions.

    Gayle, who replaced Afridi in the team, and Sehwag started positively, with Sehwag Falling to Lee for 21. The best period of play for the World XI came soon after that with Gayle and Sangakkara (half-centuries in both games) belting the bowlers all round with 17 fours and 2 sixes between them. The middle order failed to deliver for the World XI yet again, though not as bad as their first outing two days back, still not good enough for the names they carry. Flintoff alone helped himself to 42 runs in another lost cause as the World XI folded up for 273 in just 45.3 overs.

    Australia won today by 55 runs and took the series 2-0 with one more match to go on Sunday.

    Inspite of losing the series, the World XI skipper felt that the Super series was a success with the World Champions getting a chance to prove against the best in the world. Wait, Mr. Shaun - is your bunch playing like the best in the business ?

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