RSWS 2022 Match 14 Review: Sachin Tendulkar's fireworks at the top sets up a comfortable win for India Legends
Rajesh Pawar was impressive with a three-wicket haul for the India Legends.
England Legends continued their disappointing campaign as the India Legends led by Sachin Tendulkar produced a dominating win in Match 14 of the Road Safety World Series 2022. Tendulkar’s 40 alongside Rajesh Pawar’s three wicket-haul were the stand out performances while Stephen Parry was the only limelight for England Legends.
Earlier in the game, England Legends opted to bowl first after winning the toss and the India Legends openers Naman Ojha and Sachin Tendulkar got off the blocks quickly. The duo got to the fifty-run mark in no time and Tendulkar in particular was quite aggressive from the start. The legendary batter perished after a 20-ball 40 which comprised of three fours and three sixes while Yusuf Pathan and Suresh Raina carried on from where the openers left.
Pathan smacked three sixes in his quickfire innings of 27 off 11 balls while Raina was dismissed for 12. Yuvraj Singh joined the party alongside Stuart Binny and the left-hander turned back the clock with three sixes in his unbeaten 15-ball 31. Binny (18) and Irfan Pathan (11*) played cameos down the order to take India Legends to 170 for 5 after the game was reduced to 15 overs per side due to rain.
England Legends lose wickets in a heap
In reply, the England Legends started well with the openers Phil Mustard and Dimitri Mascarenhas finding the gaps in the powerplay. Mustard played well for his 19-ball 29 and it turned out to be the highest score in the innings as wickets kept tumbling. The likes of Ian Bell, Rikki Clarke and Tim Ambrose could not live up to their expectations as Indian bowlers squeezed in the overs.
At 85 for 6, it looked like it was all over for the England Legends, however, Chris Schofield and Chris Tremlett showed a bit of their all-round abilities. Schofield remained unbeaten on 19 while Tremlett’s unbeaten 24 did provide some entertainment for the fans out in the stadium. In the end, it was an emphatic victory for the India Legends by 40 runs.