Kahuna

Ricky Ponting scored 48 runs for Warne’s Warriors in the first game of the ongoing All-stars series.

Ponting came to bat at the fall of Matthew Hayden’s wicket in the third over and made sure that he batted through to guide his team to the modest target of 141.

The target was actually well within the reach of the Warriors when they started their innings on the short ground, but, Shoaib Akhtar bowled a hostile spell with the new ball and did not let the openers get to a flier.

Ponting was circumspect against Shoaib first up and let his spell pass before he started taking the slightly aggressive route and went for a few shots.

He knocked the spinners around in the post power play period and made sure he was there at one end to let others bat around him.

The required run rate climbed up a little bit in the middle though when Muttiah Muralitharan bowled a couple of economical overs, but, Ponting was never fazed and his job was made easy at the end by Jonty Rhodes who came and finished the innings with a flurry of sixes including a switch hit off the bowling of the opposition captain Sachin Tendulkar.

Ponting could not win the player of the match award though. It went to Shane Warne who had shown his artistry in leg spin bowling earlier to get three wickets on a flat surface.