ICC Super Series – 1st ODI

It has been a while since I have taken any live coverage of cricket matches and it seems a life time since I have seen any cricket match on TV !!! – so, what better occasion than the ICC Super Series where all the biggest cricketing stars of the world would take on the might of the Aussies. Although Australia lost the Ashes recently, I don’t think there is too much of a doubt that they are indeed the world’s best side currently. So, armed with that enthusiasm, we bought the live coverage package for the Super Series for $70.

The 1st ODI actually did not live up to its expectation. Australia had to fight hard to score 256 with Murali and Vettori the pick of the World XI bowlers. In reply, the World XI was bowled out for a paltry 160 odd runs with Shane Watson, the emerging all-rounder from Australia grabbing 3 crucial wickets and also running out the dangerous Pollock. The margin of defeat was huge and I am sure this must have shaken up the World XI team. It is one thing to have XI individual match-winners in your team – it is another to be a match-winning team. In short, Shaun Pollock has the not_so_envious job of regrouping the World’s best talents and make them perform as a team. Australia meanwhile need to win like this to prove that the England series was just an aberration.
Shaun Pollock seems to be comforting Freddie Flintoff after the 1st ODI – Freddie was taken apart from the Aussies who brought him back to earth by relentlessly going after him.

The second match will hopefully be a thriller – watch out for my report.

Till then,
Thyaga

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