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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 October 2005, 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK
Australia outplay World all-stars
ICC Super Series ODI, Melbourne: Australia 255-8 (50 overs) beat World XI 162 all out by 93 runs

Shane Watson takes a wicket
We had a big point to prove today
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting

Australia took a 1-0 lead in the Super Series after beating the World XI by 93 runs in the opening one-dayer.

Set 256 to win, the World XI capitulated to 162 all out in the Telstra Dome in Melbourne.

England Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff made 38 before he fell to Shane Watson, who also dismissed Kevin Pietersen.

Simon Katich top scored for Australia with 58 after being promoted to open the batting, while World XI spinner Daniel Vettori took 4-33.

Australia's total of 255-8 should have been within the scope of the world's top batsmen but West Indies' Brian Lara was out for a duck, Pietersen went lbw for two and Rahul Dravid scored only four.

Only opener Kumar Sangakkara, who hit 64 off 94 balls, Flintoff (38) Vettori (15) and Shoaib Akhtar (10) made it into double figures as Man of the Match Watson claimed 3-43 off 10 overs for Australia.

There were two wickets for Glenn McGrath in a typically probing new ball spell and one apiece for Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken and Andrew Symonds.

Australia were guilty of some poor fielding as Virender Sehwag, Sangakkara and Flintoff were dropped but a fine direct hit by Watson ran out captain Shaun Pollock.

The indoor arena was less than half-full when Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat first.

Adam Gilchrist batted aggressively scoring 45 at a run a ball and together with Katich got Australia off to a flyer as they put on 80 for the first wicket.

Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff was unable to halt the World XI collapse

They were pegged back by the spinners as Muttiah Muralitharan took 2-41 from his 10 overs.

Jacques Kallis made the initial breakthrough when he bowled Gilchrist and then a brilliant catch by Lara dismissed Ponting.

Another fine catch, this time by Vettori, saw Damien Martyn dismissed for a duck and then Muralitharan caught and bowled Katich.

A cleverly disguised slower ball by Vettori hoodwinked Michael Clarke and the New Zealand spinner was celebrating again when Symonds holed out to Flintoff in the deep.

Lara held onto another good catch to dismiss Watson and Mike Hussey hit a delivery straight to Pietersen who held on easily.

Flintoff was unusually expensive with the ball, going for 66 runs in his nine overs although he was unlucky when he thought he had dismissed Katich only for a no-ball to be called.

Sangakkara and Sehwag opened for the World XI and they were soon a wicket down when Sehwag mistimed a pull shot off McGrath.

Kallis was the next to go. He hit a sublime boundary but was then out next ball as McGrath upped the pace and trapped him lbw.

Lara faced only two balls for his duck, Dravid never got going for his 14-ball four and Pietersen was unlucky to be given out lbw.

Umpire Simon Taufel did not refer the decision to the third umpire as he is now allowed to do and replays showed the ball was probably going over the stumps.

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi was brought on as the World XI's super sub for Muralitharan but he was out for two.

There was hope while Flintoff was at the crease but he went for one big shot too many and was caught by McGrath.

Australia wrapped up the win when Vettori found Ponting at backward point.

Australia: Adam Gilchrist, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting (captain), Damien Martyn, Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Nathan Bracken. Super sub Cameron White.

World XI: Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Brian Lara, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Shaun Pollock (captain), Daniel Vettori, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shoaib Akhtar. Super sub: Shahid Afridi.

Report: Jim Maxwell for BBC Sport

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