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Road Safety World Series 2020 Match 3 Highlights: Irfan Pathan powers India Legends to victory

Road Safety World Series 2020 Match 3 Highlights: Irfan Pathan's late show which involved six fours and three sixes saved India from the jaws of defeat.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: March 11, 2020 1:11:14 pm
Road Safety World Series 2020 Match 3 Highlights: Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for a duck. (File Photo)

Road Safety World Series 2020 Match 3 Highlights: Sachin Tendulkar’s India Legends defeated Tillakaratne Dilshan’s Sri Lanka Legends in the third match of the Road Safety Awareness Series, an exhibition T20 tournament for retired cricketers, by five wickets on Tuesday.

In front of Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai, Irfan Pathan turned back time and his two over blitzkreig handed India an emphatic win when they needed 39 runs from 18 balls. His 57-run knock and Mohammad Kaif’s 46 helped India to finish the job with eight balls to spare. Although Sachin and Sehwag departed early, India got over the finishing line chasing the target of 139.

Earlier, Sri Lanka had put up 138/8 in their 20 overs where Munaf Patel scalped four wickets. After this win, India Legends remained on the top spot in the series.

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India Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends Highlights:

22:43 (IST)10 Mar 2020
PATHAN WINS IT FOR INDIA!

Not much is needed to say about this, but Irfan Pathan is on a different level. The captain Dilshan comes in and he smacks him for three consecutive fours to bring up his fifty and get India within touching distance of victory. And then quite adeptly, he gets a single after playing a shot to long-on. INDIA HAVE WON BY FIVE WICKETS! And in what fashion though, from the brink of annihilation to the glories of victory! With six balls to spare. Irfan Pathan is the hero of the night! Simply exquisite batting from the Indian legend. What a match! 

22:39 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Irfan Pathan on a blitzkreig

Sachithra Senanayake comes in, and the first ball of the over goes for a huge maximum to long-off. And then to long-off! Back to back from Irfan Pathan! And then a four on a no ball. The crowd is going crazy as Irfan Pathan (44*) smacks the Sri Lankan bowler left, right and centre. Manpreet Gony (11*) has also joined in on the fun with a six to finish the over. 26 massive runs from the over. IND are 126/5 after 18 overs.

22:33 (IST)10 Mar 2020
IND need 13 runs per over

The required run rate for India is 13 with 3 overs to go. Vaas has an over left. And he's going to be the biggest hurdle for the Indian Legends. IND are 100/5 after 17 overs.

22:30 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Win or lose, this is a sight to behold
22:27 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Irfan Pathan turns it up!

Mumbai might have given up hope, but Irfan Pathan hasn't as the pacer has turned it up against Thilan Thusara with a four and a six in the last two balls of the over. 13 runs from the over. 43 needed from 24 balls. IND are 96/5 after 16 overs.

22:15 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Kaif dismissed, India five down

And it's going from bad to worse for India! Mohammad Kaif who was standing tall alone for India is dismissed on 46 (4x3, 6x1) by Sachithra Senanayake as Ajantha Mendis takes the catch. Irfan Pathan and Manpreet Gony are on the crease. India still need 58 runs from 32 balls. IND are 81/5 after 14.4 overs.

22:00 (IST)10 Mar 2020
GONE!

Bangar gone for 18 after hitting a nice boundary. India are four down, just when they were starting to gain some momentum. Sri Lanka still on the front foot. IND are 62/4 after 11 overs.

21:50 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Slight hope?

Okay look out, look out, we might just have a match here! 16 runs from the last two overs and it's been an improvement by Kaif (28*) and Bangar (11*). Can their boundaries create a momentum? We will find out after the time out. IND are 44/3 after 9 overs.

21:41 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Kaif, Bangar in a bit of a fix

The runs have dried up and it's all looking too bleak in the DY Patil Sports Stadium in Mumbai. Kaif and Bangar are struggling against the Sri Lankan bowlers, picking up just 9 runs in the last three overs. IND are 28/3 after 7 overs.

21:25 (IST)10 Mar 2020
WICKET!

OUT! Now, this is self-implosion for India! Yuvraj Singh is gone as he top-edged a Chaminda Vaas delivery and was caught by the man with the gloves, Romesh Kaluwitharana! India in free fall. Mohammad Kaif and Sanjay Bangar are on the crease now. IND are 21/3 after 5 overs.

21:17 (IST)10 Mar 2020
RUNOUT!

After two boundaries by Mohammad Kaif, India legends have stabilised their innings a bit. But that's only for a bit there, as Chaminda Vaas puts pressure again. Virender Sehwag fumbles for a bit, and because of his hesitation, he finds himself run-out. IND are 13/2 after 3 overs.

21:05 (IST)10 Mar 2020
SACHIN GONE FOR A DUCK!

They are back again! Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag are back to open together again after Thursday and they have their sights on chasing 139. And just before you know it, Romesh Kaluwitharana has dismissed Sachin Tendulkar with his catch! HE'S GONE FOR A DUCK! Chaminda Vaas with the wicket. IND are 1/1 after 0.3 overs.

20:56 (IST)10 Mar 2020
India Legends need 139 to win

What an end to the over and the innings! After Sri Lanka fell eight down, Rangana Herath came and conquered the Indian bowlers. Three balls, three boundaries and he took the total upto 138/8 for Sri Lanka legends. 15 runs off the last over with Ajantha Mendis finishing on 9*. Can India chase 139?

20:45 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Patel on fire!

Double trouble for Sri Lanka as Munaf Patel wreaks havoc! First Farveez Maharoof, then Upul Chandana... both of them fall prey to the pacer as the catches are taken by Pragyan Ojha and Manpreet Gony. Sri Lanka are in trouble now. Just 5 runs from the over. SL are 123/8 after 19 overs.

20:39 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Zaheer, Kaif combine for SL agony

With pressure building on and on and on, Sri Lanka have falled into the trap again as Chamara Kapugedera is dismissed. And it's that pairing again: Zaheer Khan with the ball, Mohammad Kaif with the catch! 10 runs from the over though. SL are 118/6 after 18 overs.

20:27 (IST)10 Mar 2020
FOUR! WICKET!

After a barrage of singles, Sachithra Senanayake has hit a beautiful boundary to Munaf Patel, thus relaxing the nerves of the Sri Lankan players. But Patel strikes back in the last ball of the over, removing Senanayake as Manpreet Gony takes a safe catch. SL are 101/5 after 16 overs.

20:13 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Tendulkar takes a catch

Thushara is gone for 10 and Sanjay Bangar has a wicket. SL- 72/4 after 10 overs. Sri Lanka The Stardom of players of those team like Sehwag, Yuvraj, Kaif, Zaheer, & Irfan is doing the talking. Look at that crowd at DY Patil Stadium. Feels like some serious match going on there.

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20:02 (IST)10 Mar 2020
STAT ATTACK

Average age of [12] Indian players in Road Safety Series : 41.24

Oldest : Sameer Dighe (51.42)
Youngest : Ojha (33.51)

Average age of [12] SL players in Road Safety Series : 42.04

Oldest : Kaluwitharana (50.29)
Youngest : Kapugedera (33.04)

19:59 (IST)10 Mar 2020
Blinder from Dighe

What a catch! Gony bowls an outswinger which produced a genuine edge. Keeper showed great athleticism & took a sensational catch in front of first slip! At the halfway mark, SL- 57/3

19:51 (IST)10 Mar 2020
LBW!!

Lovely swing from Irfan to get rid of well set Kaluwitharana! He has been top notch today & is getting rewarded for their consistency! SL- 50/2 after 8.1 ovs

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Squads:-

India Legends Squad: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar(c), Mohammad Kaif, Manpreet Gony, Yuvraj Singh, Sameer Dighe(w), Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Sairaj Bahutule, Sanjay Bangar, Abey Kuruvilla

Sri Lanka Legends Squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan(c), Romesh Kaluwitharana(w), Marvan Atapattu, Chamara Kapugedera, Upul Chandana, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Rangana Herath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Malinda Warnapura, Thilan Thushara, Dulanjana Wijesinghe

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