It was a wonderful fund raising event organised at Melbourne for the devastating bushfires in Auatralia, as the legends get together to play an exhibition match of 10 overs format with players divided under Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI. Ponting XI batted first scoring 104 in their 10 overs with Ponting (26 retired) and Lara (30 retired) showing glimpses of their skills. Lara played some classical offside shots with great touch. In reply the Gilchrist XI was falling a few runs short till some contrived decisions in last over ended the game in a tie. Watson (30), Symonds(29) retired after playing some beautiful shots and Gilchrist (17) showed his class as well and also pulling Brett Lee for a six . It was a wonderful atmosphere with many current women’s cricketers participating in this match and playing well . Tendulkar who did not play in the main match due to shoulder problem, batted for 1 over in the mid innings interval against women cricketers Elyse Perry and Sutherland , hitting two lovely legside flicks. Other greats who participated in this wonderful cause were Wasim Akram, Langer, Hayden, Haddin, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Yuvraj Singh etc. It was indeed great to see some of the legends like Ponting, Lara etc reviving their playing memories . Both Ponting and Gilchrist still looks in good physical shape and capable enough to compete even now.
The devastation caused by bushfires in Australia were enormous causing huge losses to human life and wildlife in particular and thus this match went a long way in contributing to this noble cause raising funds of around 7.7 million Australian dollars with more to follow.