All Stars Cricket Series: Warne 1-0 Sachin
Cricket, known as the second most popular sport in the world, proved its popularity when the legends of the game played the first game of its sort on the American soil.
New York, a baseball stadium, laid in pitches, 36,000 audience, Indian and Pakistan flags and deafening chants of ‘Sachin Sachin’. This was the set up for the 1st T20 match of the All Stars Cricket Series lead by Australian spin king Shane Warne and Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar designed to introduce Americans to what had been termed as ‘Baseball on Valium’ by Robin Williams.
Warne's Warriors won the toss and later beat Sachin's Blasters, with Warne adjudicated as the man of the match after claiming Tendulkar's wicket.
But it was the Little Master from India who got the crowd cheering as he walked in with Virender Sehwag to open the innings for his team.
Blasters who were asked to bat, first got off to a rollicking start courtesy of a belligerent 22-ball 55 from Virender Sehwag.
Shane Warne, however, put the brakes on by picking up the wickets of Tendulkar (26), Brain Lara (1) and VVS Laxman (8) as Blasters finished with 140-8.
Chasing a modest 141 at the famed Citi Field, Ricky Ponting saw the Warriors through with a 37-ball 48 not out.
Jonty Rhodes finished the game with a six off Tendulkar as Warriors cruised home with 16 balls to spare.
At the end, the players lapped the pitch, waving and applauding the crowd.
The three-hour match will be followed by games in Houston and Los Angeles.
Which team do you think will win the 3 match series?