Veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday praised the “competitive spirit” of the Indian and West Indies giants in the Road Safety World Series T20. The Indian giants, led by Tendulkar, reached the final on Wednesday, defeating the West Indies by 12 runs. The game between India and West Indies was 424 runs, but Tendulkar said that the competitive spirit that the 22 men showed was for them. “With more than 424 runs in this match, I think it was a competitive spirit that the teams played with today,” he said. Great effort by all 22 men, ”Tendulkar tweeted.
Last year, the match between Lara and Tendulkar was the most awaited opening match of the tournament, although both horns were played last year.
Chasing 219 runs, West Indies scored 206 for 6 in India’s 20 overs. Needing 24 runs off 12 balls, Indian seamers R Vinay Kumar and Irfan Pathan won the hearts of the Indians.
Earlier, Tendulkar’s half-century and Yuvraj’s unbeaten innings of 49 off 20 balls, which included six sixes and a four, helped India to 218 for three in 20 overs.
Apart from important innings of Tendulkar and Yuvraj, Sehwag (35), Yusuf Pathan (37) and Mohammad Kaif (27) also contributed with the bat. India were reluctant to attack Sehwag’s ball, while left-arm spinner Suleman Benn attacked the ball through cover.
There was no rock for Sehwag who was in an aggressive mood when Tendulkar took his time but Sultan’s Multan was dismissed in the sixth over.
Later, Tendulkar – continuing the last game – scored another half-century. He had a 53-run partnership with Kaif before Ryan Austin was dismissed later.
Certainly for a century, Tendulkar snatched the best distribution of the best, going to Kirk Edwards, who made a brilliant effort at the most Esta spot. Yuvraj and Yusuf later destroyed the Windies attack in the Death Over with some big hits.
The stylish south-paw struck six sixes in the final two overs. In the 19th over, Yuvraj scored four runs off Mahendra Nagamattu’s balls, while the next two overs came in Sulaiman Benn’s over. Despite such a huge hit, Yuvraj got stuck in 49.
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