Kanpur: The Road Safety World Series kicked off here on Saturday between India Legends and South Africa Legends. The India Legends team managed by Sachin Tendulkar beat the South Africa Legends managed by Jonty Rhodes by 61 points.
India Legends won the coin toss and chose to bat and got off to a good start with a little master who stepped back years and showed why he is the god of cricket. His innings were short-lived and fell to Makhaya Ntini at 16 runs on 15 balls. He was replaced by another legend, Suresh Raina, who showcased his class by scoring 33 points on 22 balls.
But the star of the innings was Stuart Bunny who played a one-inning blinder scoring 82 runs on just 42 balls. He was well supported by Yusuf Pathan, who scored a quick 35 point shot on 15 balls.
After setting a massive target of 217/4 in their 20s, the South African legends started their innings strong with both fly-half Andrew Puttick and Morne van Wyk playing steadily and cautiously. Rahul Sharma provided the first breakthrough with Morne van Wyk’s wicket and post that no one could make a dent with their stick but captain Jonty Rhodes, who was unmarked at 38 at the end of the innings.
The India Legends bowl limits the South African legends well at 156/9. Rahul Sharma was the bowlers choice with 3 wickets and gave up just 17 runs in his 4 overs. Munaf Patel and Pragyan Ojha both finished with 2 wickets each.
The Indian legends won the match convincingly and Stuart Binny was the player of the match. Sunday will see a double match between Bangladesh Legends and West indies Legend the second match will be between Australia Legends and Sri Lanka Legends, here.