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Dravid stars in World XI victory

Last updated on: October 03, 2005 14:09 IST
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India batsman Rahul Dravid top-scored for a World XI with 66 and Shoaib Akhtar took two wickets for 29 runs off 10 overs in their side's 12-run victory over Victoria in Sydney, on Sunday.

Dravid and captain Shaun Pollock (54 not out) steered their side to 281 for eight in 50 overs in their match at a suburban Melbourne ground before Brad Hodge smashed 92 in Victoria's 269 for nine.

Sri Lanka offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan and South Africa all rounder Jacques Kallis also took two wickets each.

Pace bowler Shane Harwood was the pick of the Victorian attack with four for 37, though he could have had a five-wicket bag had captain Cameron White not dropped Dravid when the Indian was on 61.

A crowd of some 10,000 crammed into the small ground in St Kilda to watch the world squad's only match hit-out ahead of three one-day internationals against Australia, which start at Melbourne's Docklands Stadium on Wednesday.

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who arrived in Melbourne only on Friday, was rested by the World XI.

Brief scores:

ICC World XI: 281-8 in 50 overs (R Dravid 66, S Pollock 54, K Sangakkara 42, S Harwood 4-37)

Victoria: 269-9 in 50 overs (B Hodge 92, M Klinger 62, S Akhtar 2-29, J Kallis 2-34)

Result: ICC World XI won by 12 runs


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