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Road Safety World Series 2020: Sehwag fires India Legends to win

Virender Sehwag

Bengaluru, March 8: Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium was once again back to its favourite roar 'Saachinnn Saachinn' as Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar stepped onto the field of the iconic stadium seven years after retirement as a player in the inuagural match of the Road Safety World Series 2020 against the West Indies .

The enthusiasm of the almost packed venue remained the same as ever as it was last in 2013 when Tendulkar played his last international game against West Indies.

This time Tendulkar returned as a player of the India Legends team against West Indies Legends.

It was a comfortable outing for the Indians as they overwhelmed their opponents by seven wickets, chasing down the West Indies total of 150 for eight with 10 balls to spare.

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While the stadium roared Sachin's name, it was his opening partner Virender Sehwag who lit the venue with his entertaining and match-winning knock of 74 not out (57 balls, 11x4) taking India to 151/3 in 18.2 overs. Meanwhile, Tendulkar got a quickfire 36 (29 balls, 7x4) before nicking left-arm spinner Suleiman Benn to wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs.

Firing start

Firing start

The pair of Tendulkar and Sehwag gave a firing start in their run chase with the latter thrashing pacer Tino Best for back-to-back boundaries in the first over.

If Sehwag was devastating, Tendulkar was pleasing to the eyes in his stroke-making. The duo stitched together an 83-run stand for the opening wicket before Tendulkar departed in 11th over.

Beautiful bowling

Beautiful bowling

Earlier, India legends bowled beautifully to restrict West Indies legend to 150 for eight after the host captain Tendulkar put them into bat after winning the toss.

If not for Windies veteran and their saviour Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 61-run knock off 41 balls, the visitors would have struggled to reach the total.

Stumps castled

Stumps castled

Opener Darren Ganga was the second highest run-getter after Chanderpaul with a 24-ball 32 which included five boundaries.

Other than Chanderpaul and Ganga none of the West Indian batsmen could breach the 20-run mark. Ganga who gave a positive start to the Windies succumbed to a beauty from Zaheer Khan that castled the latter's stump.

Lara fails

Lara fails

Brian Lara came in next and he charged Khan immediately with a beautiful boundary over covers followed by a push to the point boundary.

As his eyes were setting in, Lara failed to connect an Irfan Pathan's slower delivery which saw him get stumped for 17. This came after the south-paw hit the medium-pacer through an eye pleasing cover drive to the fence.

(Source: Media Release)

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Story first published: Sunday, March 8, 2020, 0:50 [IST]
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