King of Spin Shane Warne turned back the clock to dismiss cricketing icons Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Vvs Laxman, and fellow Australian Ricky Ponting recorded an unbeaten 48 as Warne’s Warriors defeated Sachin’s Blasters by six wickets in front of a raucous crowd at the first Cricket All-Stars match in New York City on Saturday.
Leading a cast of global cricket legends, Warne and Tendulkar entertained almost 35,000 fans over three hours of entertaining cricket at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, in Queens.
Warne won the toss and chose to bowl first on a dry but overcast afternoon in New York’s biggest borough, taking three wickets for 20 runs in four overs of work.Andrew Symonds also claimed there wickets in two overs.
Blasters openers Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar scored 55 and 26 respectively, the former lashing six sixes and three fours from just 22 balls before getting bowled by Daniel Vettori. Sehwag’s work at the crease was the highlight of the Blasters’ innings, and the 140/8 score left the Warriors needing just seven runs an over as they chased down the modest total.
Openers Matthew Hayden and Jacques Kallis fell on consecutive balls — Hayden caught behind by Moin Khan off Shoaib Akhtar’s short delivery, Kallis run out by Muttiah Mutalitheran — but Ponting scored 48 runs off 38 balls to steady the ship.
Kumar Sangakkara was caught by Mahela Jayawardene on 41, but Jonty Rhodes scored an unbeaten 20 from 14 deliveries, steering the Warriors to victory with a reverse sweep that went for six.
Here are some photos from the match.