Shane Warne to wear the English jersey after he lost the bet against Sourav Ganguly
While Sourav Ganguly predicted that England was better than the side led by Steve Smith, Shane Warne predicted that Steve Smith's side would come home victorious.
Published - Jun 11, 2017 5:56 pm | Updated - Jun 11, 2017 5:56 pm
At the “Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket” conclave in London earlier in this month (May 31), Shane Warne, Sourav Ganguly and former Australian skipper Michael Clarke talked about the 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy with most of them present at the venue predicting for a repeat of the India-England finals.
Clarke predicted an India-Australia finals in the Champions Trophy, while Sourav Ganguly told that the hosts England have a better chance to go all the way to the final stage of the competition once again. There was an argument between the Prince of Kolkata and the Australian leg-spinner Warne for the winners of the match between Australia and England.
While Ganguly predicted that England was better than the side led by Steve Smith, the Aussies predicted that Smith’s side would come home victorious. Warne in return suggested the former Indian cricketer would buy the leggie dinner and would also wear the Australian jersey while in return the leggie promised that he would wear an English jersey if they win.
The much-sough-after encounter
The Group A encounter between Australia and England were much sought after by the commentators, who suggested that the hosts were better off at a shot to win the match against the chances of the visitors. Batting first Australia managed to get off to a good start before a delivery from Jake Ball met the outside edge of the Australian opener David Warner.
The partnership between Steve Smith and Aaron Finch took the Australians to a decent start before the former was dismissed trying to slog a shot into the extra-cover boundary. Moises Henriques found the middle of the bat a couple of times before he holed out straight to the mid-on fielder.
Australia continued to slump from a good position at 161/2 to 181/4. Travis Head continued to impress the critics with a well made 71 runs, with Australia ending the innings at 277/9 in their 50 overs.
In reply, the host nation did not get off to a good start with three wickets falling for less than 30 runs scored by the team. Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes ensured that there were no further hiccups in the match, with a 159-run partnership for the fourth wicket. England were 240/4 in 40.2 overs before rain interrupted play. The continuous rain forced the match to be decided by D/L method with England returning victorious by 40 runs.
Shane Warne had to tweet this following his bet with the former Indian southpaw Sourav Ganguly
.@SGanguly99 You win our bet mate. I will find an England shirt and wear it all day ! ?????????????
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) June 11, 2017