Beat greats Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh turned the clock back and took Raipur by storm in their inimitable style when India Legends won an impressive 57-run win against South Africa Legends in the Road Safety World Series at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium on Saturday T20 posted.
South Africa, chasing 205 to win, could only manage 148 for 7 in their 20 overs.
Tendulkar got his first half century of the tournament while Yuvraj was at his best during his undefeated 52 in India’s big win.
The win brought India back to the top with 16 points, overtaking Sri Lanka in net running rate.
Tendulkar cracked a 37-ball 60 with the help of nine boundaries and a six, while Yuvraj with a 22-ball 52 didn’t star with six towering sixes, including four in a row.
S Badrinath contributed at 42 (34b, 2×6, 4×4) before being carried away by his teammates after injuring his right Achilles tendon. The great Yusuf Pathan also joined the party with his big hits, contributing a quick 10-ball 23 with two fours and as many sixes.
When South African captain Jonty Rhodes was caught first, the over 50,000 spectators in Raipur thundered ‘Sachin, Sachin’ as Tendulkar went out with Virender Sehwag to hit.
This was supposed to be Tendulkar Night. Like a man on a mission, Tendulkar, whose highest score to date was 36 in the tournament, was determined to put on a show. When he performed this copybook back foot punch through the covers and the classic straight drive to the pacemaker of the South African legend Makhaya Ntini, the audience jumped from their seats for joy. On the next lap, Sehwag was sent home by Garnett Kruger.
However, Tendulkar continued his rule alongside Badrinath. He also hit Thandi Tshabalala for six over the off-spinner head. The duo added 95 runs for the second wicket before Tendulkar fired a flamboyant shot across the ceiling at Monde Zondeki and eventually gave it into the hands of Tshabalala. Badrinath later returned home injured.
Then it was the Yuvraj show until the end. The South Paw recalled his 2007 World T20 exploits with six sixes in an over from Stuart Broad when he sent the seaman Zander de Bruyn over the ropes for four uninterrupted hits in the 18th over.
At the end of the 20th century, India was doing pretty well at 204/3.
India Legends vs. South Africa Legends Highlights
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