According to Cricket Australia, the Bushfire charity cricket match featuring cricket legends raised over USD 7.7 million on Sunday for the societies that were destroyed by the fires that have enveloped Australia for months.
The two teams playing this match were captained by the Australian Greats Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist. The teams played against each other in a 10-over-match, with Ponting XI claiming the last laugh over Gilchrist XI by one run at the Melbourne Junction Oval Stadium.
With Pointing XI scoring 104 for 5 in 10 overs, the former West Indies captain Brian Lara top-scoring with 30 runs of 11 balls that included three boundaries and two sixes. Additionally, Captain Ricky Ponting also scored 26 runs, while Matthew Hayden and Luke Hodge made 16 and 11 runs. The bowlers who picked up wickets for Gilchrist XI included West Indies legend Courtney Walsh, former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and ex- Aussie all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
During the chase, Gilchrist XI started well with a 49 runs first wicket partnership with Shane Watson scoring 30 runs while Gilchrist made 11 in the partnership. Their innings soon came to a halt when speedster Brett Lee and Luke Hodge picked up three wickets in quick succession. With Brad Hodge sent back for a duck, Yuvraj Singh managing to get only 2 runs off 6 balls and Andrew Symonds tried to get his team across the finish line with 29 runs off 13 balls but failed to do so. While Lee finished 2 for 11, Hodge took a wicket for 8 runs.
Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar former Indian Captain who was the coach of Ponting XI padded up during the mid-innings break. He faced 2019 Women’s Cricketer of the Year Ellyse Perry and Annabel Sutherland for an over. Tendulkar said that it was the first time in five years that he was picking up a bat. He started with a boundary and took a couple of runs while blocking the rest of the deliveries.