Sachin Tendulkar scored 65 to lead India Legends' batting show (Photo: Twitter/@RSWorldSeries )
RAIPUR: Sachin Tendulkar-led
stormed into the finals of the first edition of the
Road Safety World Series T20
West Indies Legends
by 13 runs at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International
Stadium on Wednesday evening.
It was none other than captain and crowd favourite Tendulkar who led the way with a stylish half-century (65), after
's entertaining cameo and before
's six-hitting spree.
Chasing 219 to win, the Windies could only score 206 for 6 in 20 overs.
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With the visitors needing 24 in 12 balls, Indian seamers R Vinay Kumar and
bowled their heart out to help the hosts win the match that was once going the visitors' way.
Vinay took two wickets -- captain Brian Lara (46) and Tino Best -- at a crucial juncture in the 18th over, which brought India Legends back into the game.
Half-centuries by Dwayne Smith (63) and Narsingh Deonarine (59 not out) went in vain as the Windies were knocked out of the tournament.
Earlier, put in to bat first on a batting track, the Indian Legends' dominating show with the bat saw them post a 200-plus target in their second successive match.
Riding on Tendulkar's half-century and Yuvraj's entertaining 20-ball 49 not out, which included six sixes and a four, India scored 218 for three in 20 overs.
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Other than Tendulkar and Yuraj, Sehwag (35), Yusuf Pathan (37*) and Mohammad Kaif (27) contributed with the bat.
India were off to a rollicking start with Sehwag attacking from ball one, as he drove left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn through the covers.
There was no stopping for Sehwag, who was in an attacking mood, while Tendulkar took his time.
Sehwag didn't spare the bowlers when they pitched in his zone. The duo went on to stitch a half-century partnership for the opening wicket before Sehwag gave a return catch to seamer Tino Best.
Later, Tendulkar, continuing from the last game, cracked another half-century. He also had a 53-run partnership with Kaif before the latter was dismissed by Ryan Austin.
Tendulkar was dismissed when he chipped a full delivery from Best and Kirk Edwards came up with a brilliant catch at deep point.
Yuvraj and Yusuf later destroyed the Windies' attack in the death overs with some big hits.
The stylish Yuvraj slammed six sixes in the last two overs. The 19th over saw him hitting leggie Mahendra Nagamootoo for four hits over the rope while the next two came in the last over of Benn.
Brief Scores: India Legends 218/3 in 20 overs (
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.