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Cricket All Stars: Warne’s Warriors win match, Sachin Tendulkar gets standing ovation in New York

NEW YORK: Warne's Warriors outclassed Sachin's Blasters by six wickets to take the first match of the All Stars T20 at the packed Citi Field stadium in Queens, New York on Saturday afternoon.
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NEW YORK: Warne’s Warriors outclassed Sachin’s Blasters by six wickets to take the first match of the All Stars T20 at the packed Citi Field stadium in Queens, New York on Saturday afternoon.

Warne and Tendulkar are captaining two sides — Warne’s Warriors and Sachin’s Blasters — that will showcase the talents of some of the greatest stars in world cricket, playing three Twenty20 three-hours games in New York, Houston and Los Angeles. Among the talent on the Blasters are Graeme Swann, Brian Lara, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath, Moin Khan and Shoaib Akhtar.

Warne and Tendulkar will will be doing cricket clinics for young children, interact with players as much as possible and invite women cricketers to their practise sessions as well, Warne said.

Included in the Warriors are Ajit Agarkar, Matthew Hayden, Courtney Walsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Vaughan and Wasim Akram.

They may not be as quick as they were 10 years ago, but these retired stars insist they’ve lost none of their skills — nor their competitive streak.

Warne’s Warriors got better of Sachin’s Blasters as they took a 1-0 lead in the All-Stars Series with a magnificent six-wicket win in New York. (Scorecard| Blog)

Blasters who were asked to bat, first got off to a rollicking start courtesy of a belligerent 22-ball 55 from Virender Sehwag.

Shane Warne, however, put the brakes on by picking up the wickets of Tendulkar (26), Brain Lara (1) and VVS Laxman (8) as Blasters finished with 140-8.

Chasing a modest 141 at the famed Citi Field, Ricky Ponting saw the Warriors through with a 38-ball 48 not out.

Jonty Rhodes finished the game with a six off Tendulkar as Warriors cruised home with 16 balls to spare.

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