The much-anticipated Road Safety World Series involving the legendary cricketers of the past including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Carl Hooper, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Yuvraj Singh, and many others, finally kicked off on Saturday with Indian Legends squaring off against West Indies Legends at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.
The Wankhede Stadium, on expected terms, was packed to the rafters with anticipation of once again witnessing the likes of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag strolling out to open the innings once again for India.
And, as they say, some things never change. Chasing 151, the legendary opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar strolled out to a boisterous reaction from the crowd and what did Sehwag do? The Nawab of Najafgarh did what he has done throughout his career; start the innings with a boundary.
And, he did that on successive deliveries off Pedro Collins. The West Indian dished out a rank length bowl which Sehwag drilled past square-leg before creaming one on the off-side.
Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar rewind the clock and how
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar got an early deprive when Carl Hopper dropped a sitter in slips off Tino Best. And, the legendary batsman made full use of the reprieve, dishing his bread and butter strokes including the nonchalant leg-glance ferocious cover-drives.
Tendulkar creamed three successive boundaries off Suliman Benn and went on to add 59 runs in the powerplay. The partnership finally ended at the score of 83 when Tendulkar nicked off Ben for 36.
But Sehwag was at it again. He wasn’t going to squander the start that he had got and the swashbuckler went to rack up a whirlwind 74 not-out off 57 balls- an innings which included 11 fours- to help the Indian Legends chase down the total of 8-150 in a mere 18.2 overs.
Earlier, West Indies Legends batted first, and on the back of a 41-ball 61 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul, racked up 8-150 in 20 overs. Brian Lara played some sumptuous strokes before he was stumped by Sameer Dighe off the bowling of Irfan Pathan.
India Legends, courtesy their first win, have moved to the top of the table and will look to continue with the momentum when they take on Sri Lanka Legends on Tuesday.
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