Sachin Tendulkar-led India Legends made the finals of the Road Safety World Series T20 after beating West Indies Legends by 13 runs on the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Raipur on Wednesday night. It was none aside from captain and crowd favorite Tendulkar who led the way in which with a classy half-century after Virender Sehwag’s entertaining cameo and earlier than Yuvraj Singh’s six-hitting spree. Chasing 219 to win, the Windies had been restricted to 206 for six in 20 overs.
Needing 24 in 12 balls, Indian seamers R Vinay Kumar and Irfan Pathan bowled their coronary heart out to assist their win which was as soon as going the guests’ manner.
Vinay Kumar took two wickets of captain Brian Lara (46) and Tino Best at an important juncture within the 18th over that introduced them again into the sport.
Dwayne Smith (63) and Narsingh Deonarine’s (59 not out) half-centuries went in useless as West Indies Legends had been knocked out of the match.
Earlier, put into bat first by West Indies on a batting magnificence, the Indian Legends’ dominating present with the bat noticed them publish one other 200 plus goal within the second successive sport.
Riding on Tendulkar’s half-century and Yuvraj’s entertaining 20-ball 49 not out which had six sixes and a 4 noticed India rating 218 for 3 in 20 overs.
Other than Tendulkar and Yuvraj’s essential knocks, Sehwag (35), Yusuf Pathan (37) and Mohd Kaif (27) contributed with the bat, too.
India had been off to a rollicking begin with Sehwag taking over the assault from ball one by driving left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn by way of covers.
It was no stopping for Sehwag who was in an attacking temper whereas Tendulkar took his time.
Sehwag did not spare the bowlers once they pitched in his zone. The duo went on to get a half-century partnership for the opening wicket earlier than Sehwag gave a return catch to seamer Tino Best.
Later, Tendulkar persevering with from the final sport cracked one other half-century. He additionally had a 53-run partnership with Kaif earlier than the latter was dismissed by Ryan Austin.
On course for a century, Tendulkar chipped Best’s full supply which went to Kirk Edwards, who got here up with an excellent effort at deep level.
Yuvraj and Yusuf, later, destroyed the West Indies assault within the loss of life overs with some large hits.
The fashionable south-paw slammed six sixes within the final two overs. The 19th over noticed Yuvraj hit leggie Mahendra Nagamootoo for 4 hits over the rope whereas the subsequent two got here within the final over of Sulieman Benn.
Despite these large hits, Yuvraj was stranded at 49 not out. But India had been comfortably positioned at 218 for three in 20 overs.
Brief scores: India Legends 218/three in 20 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 65, Yuvraj Singh 49*, Yusuf Pathan 37*, Virender Sehwag 35, Mohd Kaif 27; Tino Best 2/25) beat West Indies Legends 206/6 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 63, Narsingh Deonarine 59*, Brian Lara 46; R Vinay Kumar 2/26) by 12 runs.
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