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Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting lead Warriors’ clear sweep

Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly handled a capability crowd on the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to glowing fifties however it wasn’t sufficient to make sure a comfort win for Sachin’s Blasters within the inaugural Cricket All-Stars Collection on Sunday (November 15) as Warne’s Warriors clinched the third and remaining recreation by 4 wickets to take the collection three-zero.

Chasing an elusive win and electing to bat, captain Tendulkar (fifty six), alongside together with his yesteryear’s opening associate Virender Sehwag, took somewhat over three overs to publish a half-century stand earlier than Courtney Walsh ended the latter’s keep on 27.

Tendulkar got here along with Mahela Jayawardene (forty one) so as to add seventy four for the second wicket, en route his maiden fifty of the collection off simply 25 balls with a single off Shane Warne. As soon as the duo departed in fast succession, Ganguly (50) and Carl Hooper (33 not out) added late fireworks to propel Blasters to 219 for five off their 20 overs.

In pursuit of a difficult 220 for his or her third consecutive victory, Warriors suffered an early setback – dropping opener Michael Vaughan to Curtly Ambrose off the very first ball. Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds then switched gears to place up a fifty-run stand earlier than the Australian duo inside fell seven balls of one another.

The in-type Kumar Sangakkara then took issues into his personal palms, blasting forty two at a strike price of 200, including fifty eight within the course of for the fourth-wicket partnership with Ricky Ponting (forty three not out) to place the Warriors’ chase again on monitor. Jonty Rhodes then chipped in with an uncharacteristic 17 off 24 balls. Nevertheless, it was the stellar mixture of Jacques Kallis and Ponting for the sixth wicket that turned the match on its head with the pair including 88 runs in simply 37 balls.

It was a sight to behold as Kallis smashed the fearsome Curtly Ambrose and Glenn McGrath everywhere in the park en route a 23-ball forty seven, studded with 4 boundaries and as many hits over the fence.

Requiring eighty three off final 5 overs, the equation got here right down to the Warriors needing three runs off three balls to finish the sweep after Kallis prime-edged a simple return catch to Sehwag within the closing minutes.

Nevertheless, Warne, the brand new man on strike, guided his group residence with a spectacular six off the penultimate ball that left Tendulkar in admirance of his arch-rival. Ponting remained unbeaten on forty three off 25 balls to cap off a spectacular collection the place he scored 132 runs in three outings at a mean of 132.

Daniel Vettori was the decide of the bowlers for the Warriors together with his three for 33. Whereas Kallis was named Man of the Match for his blitzkrieg, with 153 runs in three innings, Sangakkara was named the Man of the Collection.

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