LOS ANGELES, CA - Warne’s Warriors claimed a four-wicket win over Sachin’s Blasters in the third T20 match at Dodger Stadium here on Nov 14 viewed by close to 20,000 fans, to clinch the All- Stars three-match series 3-0. Sachin’s Blasters had lost the first match played in New York on Nov 7 by six wickets and...
Indian stalwarts, Sachin Tendulkar (56) and Sourav Ganguly (50) showed glimpses of the past as they hit half- centuries to help their team post a challenging 219 for five in 20 overs.
However, the Warriors overhauled the target with just one ball to spare, scoring 224 for six, riding on some spectacular innings by Kumar Sangakkara (42), Ricky Ponting (43) and Jacques Kallis (47).
Electing to bat, skipper Tendulkar laid the foundation for a mammoth score as he first shared a 23-ball 55-run partnership with Virender Sehwag (27) and then forged a 74-run stand with Mahela Jayawardene (41) in just 34 balls.
Ganguly then ensured that the Blasters end their innings on a high as he amassed 86 runs along with Carl Hooper (33 not out) for the fourth wicket in 8.3 overs. Daniel Vettori was the pick of the bowlers for the Warriors as he returned with a three-wicket haul, while Courtney Walsh (1/41) and Andrew Symonds (1/33) took one wicket each.
Chasing 220 to win, Warriors lost their opening batsmen Michael Vaughan (0) in the first delivery and Symonds (31) was also sent back in the fifth over. In the next over, Matthew Hayden (12) was also dismissed as they slipped to 52 for 3.
Sangakkara and Jhonty Rhodes (17) then helped them cross the 100-mark before the former was removed in the 11th over by spinner Graeme Swann. In the 14th over, Rhodes too was dismissed by Hooper.
Kallis and Ponting then joined hands and collected 88 runs in 6.1 overs for the six wicket but the former lost his wicket with still three runs to get in as many balls. Skipper Warne then blasted a six in the only ball he faced to take the Warriors home.
Sachin Tendulkar’s team and their respective countries were: Virender Sehwag (India), VVS Laxman (India), Brian Lara (West Indies), Saurav Ganguly (India), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Carl Hooper (West Indies), Moin Khan (Pakistan), Muttiah Murlitharan (Sri Lanka), Graeme Swann (England), Curtly Ambrose (West Indies), Shaun Pollock (South Africa), Glenn McGrath (Australia), Lance Klusener (South Africa), and Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan).
Shane Warne’s team and their respective countries were:Matthew Hayden (Australia), Michael Vaughan (England), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Jonty Rhodes (South Africa), Jacques Kalli (South Africa), Andrew Symonds (Australia), Kumar Sangakara (Sri Lanka), Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan), Daniel Vettori (Australia), Courtney Walsh (West Indies), Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Allan Donald (South Africa), and Ajit Agarkar (India). Earlier on Nov 12 at a press conference at the J.W. Marriott in L.A. Live, Brian Lara and VVS Laxman spoke to reporters saying that events like this are hopefully the beginning of a future where cricket will be a well-known sport in countries that are currently not acquainted with it. Having the younger generation learn about cricket through school and other means is one of the many ways to popularize cricket in the U S. The players and the spectators need to work together to bring attention to this game and to make it more well-known. Prior to every game there had been clinics in which the legendary players have taught and played with the next generation. In Houston and in New York there were about a thousand children who showed up wanting to learn how to play cricket. A baseball field is an uneven playing ground for the game of cricket; however, the players were doing their best to play as well as they could.