‘Competitors on field, friends off it’

Cricket legends of all times manage to raise over USD 7.7 million through Bushfire cricket bash

Melbourne: Some of the greatest players in the history of the game came together to raise funds for those affected by bushfires that have ravaged Australia, during a charity match in Melbourne on Sunday.

Cricketers including India great Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, and Adam Gilchrist among others were part of the 10-over side charity match between Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI on Sunday afternoon at Melbourne’s Junction Oval.

To help raise funds for the chief purpose, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who was involved as a coach to the Ponting XI, came out of retirement after a request from Ellyse Perry and faced the Australian all-rounder in an over during the innings break.

Ponting XI emerged victorious by 1 run against Gilchrist XI. Ponting XI posted 104 for 5 on the board in 10 overs with former West Indies captain Lara top-scoring with 30 runs off 11 balls. Ricky Ponting hit a 14-ball 26 before retiring himself.

Tendulkar took to Twitter to share his experience saying he was happy to contribute towards the cause & also said competitors on the field, friends off it.

Australia edge England to advance into final

Melbourne: Australia defeated England by 16 runs in the ongoing Women’s Tri-series on Sunday at the Junction Oval.

England had to register a score of more than 124 to reach the finals, but Australia restricted them to a lower score, and as a result, India qualified for the finals on the basis of net-run rate and now the side will clash with Australia in the final on February 12.

Earlier, a spirited bowling performance by England restricted Australia to just 132/7 in the allotted twenty overs. Australia did not get off to a good start as the side lost its opening 2 wickets with just 16 runs on board.