Road Safety World Series: Stuart Binny’s half-century, Rahul Sharma’s spell guides India Legends to win over South Africa Legends
A fine half-century from Stuart Binny and brilliant spin bowling spells from Rahul Sharma and Pragyan Ojha helped India Legends defeat South Africa Legends by 61 runs in the Road Safety World Series opener on Saturday.
With this all-around performance, India has had a fantastic start to their Road Safety World Series campaign. On the other hand, if South Africa wants to advance farther, there is a lot that has to be fixed. South Africa Legends got off to a strong start with pursuing 218 thanks to Andrew Puttick and Morne van Wyk. India made a breakthrough when spinner Rahul Sharma trapped van Wyk lbw for 26 off 24 balls.
Soon after, Sachin Tendulkar took the catch after Pragyan Ojha had also dismissed Puttick for 23 off 24 balls. At this moment, South Africa Legends were 2/58.
With Alviro Petersen being trapped for just 10 runs after being stumped by Naman Ojha, South Africa continued to lose wickets against Indian spin. Yuvraj then claimed Henry Davids’s wicket. Only six runs could be scored by Davids.
South Africa was 4/90 more than half way through the game. Following the dismissal of Jacques Rudolph for 16 runs off of 14 balls, Rahul Sharma secured his second wicket.
All-rounder Johan Botha’s wickets were taken care of by pacer Munaf Patel for just eight runs. At 106/6, South Africa Legends were still having trouble.
Captain Jonty Rhodes made an effort to maintain one end. Eddie Leie and Johan van der Wath both made ducks after caught by pacer Irfan Pathan and bowler Rahul, respectively. For South Africa, the score after 17.2 overs was 124/8.
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Makhaya Ntini ejected for six by Munaf, who also secured his second wicket of the game. As a result, SA left needing to score 76 runs in one over and at 142/9.
South Africa scored fourteen runs in the final over to finish their innings at 156/9. Jonty, the team’s captain, finished with a team-high 38 points from 27 balls. India Legends triumphed by a score of 61 runs.
With their spin, Pragyan Ojha (2/32) and Rahul (3/17), along with Munaf Patel’s two wickets, caused significant damage. Irfan and Yuvraj each secured one wicket.
India Legends had chosen to bat first, and they got off to a strong start. To the delight of the nostalgic crowd, openers Naman Ojha and Sachin Tendulkar performed some terrific shorts. However, the 46-run stand broken in just 5.2 overs by South African pacer Makhaya Ntini, who bowled Tendulkar out for just 16 from 15 balls after he caught by Johan Botha.
Johan van der Wath quickly dismissed Ojha for 21 off 18 balls, leaving India Legends 52/2 after 6.1 overs.
After that, Suresh Raina, who had lately announced his retirement from all forms of the game, commanded the attention of the crowd by effortlessly scoring runs. On the other end, Stuart Binny was also launching quick runs. They embarked up a fun 64-run stand that broken by Eddie Leie’s dismissal of Raina for 33 off 22 balls. After that, Yuvraj Singh, who was having trouble, also lost cheaply for just 6 off 8 balls, bringing India’s total down to 129/4 in 14.3 overs.
Yusuf Pathan, a powerful hitter, then called to the crease. After he arrived, India Legends’ scoring rate skyrocketed, with both batters choosing the aerial approach. Binny reached his half-century as well.
India reached a staggering 217/4 before the end of the 20th over.
Binny hit five boundaries and six sixes in his stunning 82 off 42 balls. In addition, Yusuf Pathan came back his powerful avatar, who scored 35* off just 15 balls while smashing a boundary and four enormous sixes.