Cricket All Stars: Warriors beat Blasters to take unbeatable 2-0 lead

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It seems Australian legends Glenn McGrath and Matthew Hayden have still retained their competitive edge and spirit.

Shane Warne’s Warriors beat Sachin Tendulkar’s Blasters by 57 runs in the second match of the Cricket All-Stars tour in the United States.

Houston’s Minute Maid Park witnessed a string of all-time legends of the 1990s and 2000s right from Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar to Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis and Shoaib Akhtar.

While Warne was the main game during match one in New York, this time his former Australian teammates Glenn McGrath and Matthew Hayden hogged the limelight.

Hayden, batting for Warne’s Warriors, belted a couple of huge sixes off the bowling of former Test teammate McGrath early in the innings but McGrath got his sweet revenge off the next ball with Hayden being dismissed for 32.

This, however, did little to slow down Warne’s Warriors’ spirit for it brought Sri Lankan superstar Kumar Sangakkara to the crease who then belted 70 off just 30 balls and combining with Kallis’ 45 and Pontings’ 41 destroyed the likes of Shoaib Akhtar (0-48) and Muttiah Muralitharan (0-46) and finished the innings making a total of 5-262.

Sachin’s Blasters on the other hand faced a mammoth task and Virender Sehwag’s dismissal at 16 by fellow Indian Ajit Agarkar sparked trouble.

Tendulkar batted well for his 33 before being brought down by former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.

Brian Lara’s dismissal by Aussie all-rounder Andrew Symonds further crippled Sachin’s Blasters who also took a grand catch to dismiss Lance Klusener.

Symonds finished with 4-70 from his four overs, having picked up the wickets of Lara, Klusener, Shaun Pollock and Shoaib Akhtar. Symonds also provided a light-hearted moment near the end of the match when he bounced Akhtar after the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ walked out to bat without a helmet.

Kumar Sangakkara was declared Man of the Match. “It was a lot of fun. Thanks Houston for the hospitality. The crowd was brilliant,” says Sangakkara.

Thanking the crowd and wishing them Happy Diwali, losing captain Sachin Tendulkar was quick to respond, “Sangakkara took the game away from us. The rest of the guys chipped in as well. 263 was a massive target but we thoroughly enjoyed.”

The final match is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on 15 November at 0230 (GMT).

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