Brian Lara confirmed he nonetheless has what it takes with a classy 30 not out as cricketing royalty helped raise money to support Australian bushfire relief in a charity match Sunday.
The West Indian legend stroked a collection of lofted cowl drives and straight drives, together with two sixes, earlier than retiring to give one other batsman an opportunity in a star-studded Bushfire Bash at Melbourne’s Junction Oval.
His captain Ricky Ponting, coming in after Justin Langer was out, additionally hit 26 as his workforce made 104 for 5 from their 10 overs.
Adam Gilchrist smacked a six off the primary ball within the run chase earlier than being knocked over, then Shane Watson slammed 30 from 9 balls, with Wasim Akram being punished.
But regardless of a valiant effort from the Gilchrist XI, Ponting’s facet gained by one run.
“All the players have had a ball. They are all saying why couldn’t we play more,” mentioned Ponting. “Well done to everyone involved. Sharing a dressing room with guys I spent 25 years with.” After the sport, Cricket Australia tweeted that “thanks to the incredible generosity from Australia and around the globe, we’ve raised over Aus$7.7 million to support communities and families impacted by the recent bushfires”.
Fundraising has been ongoing because the blazes started in September.
They left at the least 30 individuals lifeless and hundreds of houses destroyed, with lots of the fires solely introduced underneath management in current days after torrential rain swept throughout jap Australia.