Indian batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh turned back the clock and took Raipur by storm in their inimitable style as India Legends registered a thumping 57-run win over South Africa Legends in Road Safety World Series T20 at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium on Saturday.
South Africa, chasing 205 to win, were restricted to 148 for 7 in 20 overs. The batting maestro got his maiden half century of the tournament while the stylish south-paw showed his true colours with an unbeaten 52 in India’s huge win. This win took India back to the top spot with 16 points overtaking Sri Lanka in Net Run Rate.
Tendulkar cracked a 37-ball 60 with nine boundaries and a six while Yuvraj starred with a 22-ball 52 not out with six towering sixes including four in succession and two hits to the ropes.
This was supposed to be the Tendulkar night. Like a man on mission, Tendulkar, whose previous highest score was 36 in the tournament, was all determined to put up a show. As he executed those copybook back-foot punche through covers and the classical straight drive to pacer South African legend Makhaya Ntini, the spectators jumped out of their seats in joy. In the next over, Sehwag was sent home by Garnett Kruger.
Tendulkar, however, continued his domination alongside Subramaniam Badrinath. He also hit Thandi Tshabalala for six over the off-spinner’s head. The duo stitched together 95 runs for the second wicket before Tendulkar went for an extravagant shot over the covers against Monde Zondeki and ended up giving into the hands of Tshabalala. Later, Badrinath, too, returned home retired hurt.
It was Yuvraj show all the way till the end. The south-paw reminded of his 2007 World T20 heroics of six sixes in one over of Stuart Broad when he sent seeamer Zander de Bruyn for four continuous hits over the ropes in the 18th over.
At the end of 20th over, India were sitting pretty at 204/3.