New York: Warne’s Warriors defeated Sachin’s Blasters by six wickets to take the first match of the All Stars T20 at the packed Citi Field stadium in Queens, New York on Saturday night.
Warne’s Warriors and Sachin’s Blasters that will showcase the talents of some of the greatest stars in world cricket, playing three Twenty20 three-hours games in New York, Houston and Los Angeles.
Among the talent on the Blasters are Graeme Swann, Brian Lara, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath, Moin Khan and Shoaib Akhtar.Included in the Warriors are Ajit Agarkar, Matthew Hayden, Courtney Walsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Vaughan and Wasim Akram.
They may not be as quick as they were 10 years ago, but these retired stars insist they’ve lost none of their skills nor their competitive streak.
Electing to field after winning the toss, the Warriors were given a rollicking start by Tendulkar and Sehwag, much to the delight of an expatriate crowd that filled the stands. Together, the former Indian batsman raked in 85 runs in a mere 48 deliveries.
However, the rest of the star-studded line-up failed to come good and the team ended with 140 for 8. For Warriors, Warne showed that he had lost none of the famed magic with figures of 3/20 in his four overs.
In reply, Ponting (48 not out) and Sangakkara (41) steered the Warriors home after a top-order collapse.