India Legends started the Road Safety World Series 2020 on a winning note as they defeated West Indies Legend by seven wickets in the tournament opener at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, March 07.
After put in to bat, the Men in Maroon were off to a great start with Daren Ganga and Shivnarine Chanderpaul stitching a 40-run partnership for the opening wicket. Captain Brian Lara came to bat at No. 3 and played a couple of delightful strokes before departing for 17.
Chanderpaul was the star with the willow for West Indies Legends as he slammed 61 runs off just 41 balls whereas, Tino Best played an entertaining cameo of 11 not-out off five balls to take his side to 150.
While 150-8 looked a competitive total given the age of the yesteryear legends, however, India Legends’ openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag made the chase look easy.
After Tendulkar was dismissed for 36 off 29, Mohammed Kaif played a good cameo but it was Sehwag who took India Legends over the finishing line.
Viru was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ for his quickfire 74* off 57 balls.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Watching my fav @virendersehwag bat and start the innings in his unique way is the treat you realise you miss so much … coming out with @sachin_rt to the crease still gives you goose bumps #RoadSafetyWorldSeries pic.twitter.com/VJp7fC1Pn4
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) March 7, 2020
Sehwag 1st ball four
— Tweetera🐦 (@DoctorrSays) March 7, 2020
You can take @sachin_rt out of cricket but can't take cricket out of Sachin.
Sachin's driving license is anyway immortal.#RoadSafetyWorldSeries
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) March 7, 2020
Lara, Chandrapaul, Zaheer, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvraj – all fired tonight.
OLD is GOLD
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) March 7, 2020
Then: 1st ball boundary
Now: 1st ball boundary
Few things are permanent for @virendersehwag 🙏
— PHD ON CRICKET (@PradipMsd7) March 7, 2020
— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) March 7, 2020
India Legends start with a win the Road Safety tournament, beating West Indies Legends by 7 wickets. A treat for fans with Chanderpaul, Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj playing some glorious shots.#RoadSafetyWorldSeries pic.twitter.com/Pg5028diWQ
— Vikrant $eth (@VikrantSeth91) March 7, 2020
Virender Sehwag won the man of the match for scoring unbeaten 74 runs from 57 balls including 11 fours.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 7, 2020