Opener Virendra Sehwag hit a stormy half-century (unbeaten 80 off 35, 10 fours, 5 sixes) to help India Legends register their third consecutive victory in the Unacademy Road Safety World Series, played at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium on Friday evening. India defeated Bangladesh Legends by 10 wickets.
Winning the toss, Bangladesh opted to bat first but could put only 109 runs in stipulated 20 overs. India Legends achieved the target in 10.1 overs without losing any wicket. Sachin Tendulkar also remained unbeaten on 33 runs from 26 balls including 5 fours.
The Indian innings began with a bang with Sehwag hitting 19 runs in the very first over bowled by Bangladesh captain Mohammad Rafique while scoring the fastest half-century of the tournament. Sehwag hit three fours and a six in the first over making his intention clear in the match.
Sehwag also scored 10 runs in the second over bowled by Mohammad Sharif. The third over was brought by Alamgir Kabir and this time Sachin Tendulkar scored 10 runs with two fours.
In this way, they put 50 runs in just four overs. The two then completed a partnership of 100 runs in 8.5 overs. Sehwag hit a six to win the match.
Earlier, Bangladesh Legends got off to a good start, winning the toss and batting first, but later India Legends tightened it up to restrict them to 109 runs in 19.4 overs.
Mohammed Nazimuddin (49 runs, 33 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) remained the highest scorer for Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi team lost their rhythm after the departure of Nazimuddin when team’s score was 68. Bangladesh lost wickets at frequent intervals. Captain Mohammad Rafique’s wicket fell when team’s score was 71 while Nafees Iqbal (7) was dismissed for a total when team’s score was 76.
India Legends spin bowler Pragyan Ojha bowled brilliantly and took 2 wickets for 12 runs in four overs. Yuvraj Singh and Vinay Kumar also took two wickets each. Yusuf Pathan and Manpreet Gony also got one wicket each.