Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting make merry

Published: Thursday, November 13, 2003, 0:19 [IST]
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Bangalore: Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting struck blistering centuries as Australia toyed with the Indian bowling to pile up a huge 347 for two in their allotted 50 overs in the TVS Cup triangular series cricket match here on Wednesday. Electing to bat, the left-handed Gilchrist gave an awesome display of strokeplay to crack his maiden century against the Indians before Ponting took centrestage with an unbeaten 102-ball 108 to push the hosts on the backfoot in the crucial day-night encounter.

Gilchrist set the packed Chinnaswamy Stadium ablaze clobbering 14 boundaries and a six during his 104-ball 111 as the world champions plundered runs at will on what appeared to be a very good batting strip. After Gilchrist's rampage, Ponting maintained the tempo with a flurry of strokes to notch up his 15th One-day century and help Australia post the highest score at this venue,eclipsing India's 315 against the same opponents in 2001 Damien Martyn (61 not out) and Mathew Hayden (44) also made merry with useful contributions, leaving the hosts with a difficult asking rate of around seven runs per over.

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