Sunday, 28 December 2014

Boxing Day Bonanza

Friday 26/12/14

New Australia captain Steve Smith has continued his good form with the bat, inspiring Australia to 5/295 on Day 1 of the Boxing Day test at the MCG.

Leading 2-nil in the series, Australia had the worst possible start with David Warner gone for a duck inside the first 2 overs. The in-form batsman nicked a great delivery from Yadav to third slip. Shane Watson and Chris Rogers formed a partnership with both batsman reaching 50s before Rogers went easily off Shami and Watson failing to build, going for LBW the next over off Ashwin. At 3/115, in steps Smith with Shaun Marsh, getting past tea until Marsh edges one to Dohni off Shami for his second wicket. The crowd erupts for debutante Joe Burns, who went cheaply for 13 from Yadav. Smith ended the day unbeaten on 72* along with Brad Haddin on 23, who led the fight for Australia to reach the steady total for Day 1.

Perth Glory kept their spot at the top of the Hyundai A-league with a 1-1 against Melbourne City at AAMI Park. After a bland first half, it was Melbourne City who took the lead with David Williams playing in a lovely ball for Aaron Mooy to slot in. They didn’t hold the lead for long when former Melbourne Heart striker Richard Garcia headed home from a Jamieson free kick. Both sides had their chances but in the end, the 2 teams couldn’t be split.

Sydney FC are now in crisis after being booed off in their third consecutive home loss to a red hot Adelaide United. Adelaide more of the chances in a bland first half and finally had reward with a contentious goal to Bruce Dijite, who was on a receiving end of a cross from an offside Marcelo Carrusca. However, there was nothing but beauty in the second goal from Sanchez, whose header flew into the top left corner. Sydney’s best chance came to Berni Ibini, whose bullet like header from the corner flashed just wide of Eugene Galekovic, who was hardly troubled. Adelaide finished off Sydney with a lovely team goal to Awer Mabil and continues their pursuit of Perth Glory in the race for the top.

 Written by Cennan Nwiran




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