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Vintage Virender Sehwag blasts 63-ball 134 in MCL

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Sharjah, Feb 6: Virender Sehwag set the Sharjah Cricket Stadium alight with a blazing 63-ball 134 in a Masters Champions League (MCL) Twenty20 match here last night (February 5).

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Captain Sehwag smashed 11 sixes and 10 boundaries in his hurricane knock with a strike rate of 212.69. Thanks to his blitzkrieg, Gemini Arabians won a high-scoring contest against Sagittarius Strikers by 12 runs. Sehwag at his vintage best, reached hundred off just 47 balls.

Virender Sehwag celebrates his century. Photo from MCL's Twitter page

The 37-year-old Sehwag, who got the tournament started last week with a six off the very first ball, displayed his usual aggressive batting style on Friday in Sharjah.

After opting to bat first, Sehwag led his team to 224/7 in 20 overs. In reply, the Strikers, after losing their captain and opening batsman Adam Gilchrist for a duck, fought hard but ended on 212/9 in 20 overs.

Strikers' left-arm paceman Krishmar Santokie claimed 5 wickets including a hat-trick in the final over. He dismissed Kumar Sangakkara, Brad Hodge and Justin Kemp on the 1st three balls of the 20 over to take a hat-trick.

Also starring for Arabians were Sri Lankan greats Sangakkara and Muttaiah Muralitharan. Sangakkara scored 51 while Muralitharan took 3 wickets.

Scores in brief

Gemini Arabians 224/7 in 20 overs (Virender Sehwag 134, Kumar Sangakkara 51, Jacques Rudolph 27, Krishmar Santokie 5/30) beat Sagittarius Strikers 212/9 in 20 overs (Imran Farhat 51, Yasir Hameed 41, Muttaiah Muralitharan 3/38)

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Story first published: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 9:03 [IST]
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