Parthiv Patel and Virender Sehwag came out to open the innings for Bharat Maharaja. Sehwag became the victim of Fidel Edwards by scoring only 4 runs. Parthiv Patel (18) and Mohammad Kaif (11) also could not play a big innings. India’s score was 50 runs for 3 wickets in 7 overs. Then Tanmay Srivastava and Yusuf Pathan led the way. There was a partnership of 103 runs in 62 balls for the fourth wicket between the two.
Tanmay played an innings of 54 runs off 39 balls. He fell victim to Tim Bresnan in the 18th over. There were 8 fours and one six in his bat. Irfan Pathan hit two consecutive sixes in the 19th over to give the team victory. Yusuf Pathan scored 50 runs off 35 balls and Irfan Pathan remained unbeaten on 20 runs off 9 balls. Yusuf hit 5 fours and 2 sixes while Irfan Pathan hit 3 sixes.
Pankaj Singh did a great job with the ball
Earlier, after winning the toss and batting first, the world giants scored 170 runs for 8 wickets. Openers Kevin O’Brien and Hamilton Masakadza gave the team a good start. There was a partnership of 50 runs between the two for the first wicket. Pankaj Singh got the first success for Bharat Maharaja by dismissing Maskadza (18). Captain Jack Kallis became a victim of Harbhajan Singh by playing an innings of 12 runs. Kevin O’Brien bowls. He scored 52 runs off 31 balls with the help of 9 fours and a six and was dismissed by Joginder Sharma.
Dinesh Ramdin scored 42 not out in the middle order. Apart from him, no batsman could play a big innings and the world giant team could score only 170 runs for 8 wickets. Pankaj Singh sent 5 batsmen to the pavilion for India Maharaja. Harbhajan Singh, Joginder Sharma and Mohammad Kaif got 1 wicket each.