Tillakaratne Dilshan, skipper of Sri Lanka Legends, won his eighth litter in a row and invited Sachin Tendulkar and his band to hit the Raipur track first.
The Indians didn’t get the start they wanted when Virender Sehwag was bowled cleanly by Rangana Herath for 10 years. The right-handed explosive batsman tried to clear the leg spinner over the fence but missed the ball completely, freeing his stump.
Later, S Badrinath (7) was also dismissed in the power game by Sanath Jayasuriya because the right-handed batsman was caught in the front.
Skipper Sachin Tendulkar and the formidable all-rounder Yuvraj Singh stabilized the ship with a partnership of 43 runs for the third wicket. Tendulkar scored 23-ball 30 before being rolled over by Farveez Maharoof on the 11th – while attempting the sweep shot that hit a leading edge of his racket and was comfortably touched by wicketkeeper Upul Tharanga.
Indians who scored more than 200 points in the last two games in a row failed to get off to the start they wanted, and at one point even 160 was a daunting task. But a sensational 83 run stand between Yusuf and Yuvraj helped the hosts to a respectable 181 in the designated 20 overs.
Yuvraj slammed 41-Ball 60 into his stroke, which was also laced with four sixes and as many limits. He was sacked by Kaushalya Weeraratne in the 19th while attempting to end the innings at a climax. He was caught in the deep by Maharoof.
However, Yusuf remained unbeaten at 62 out of 36 deliveries. The powerful Baroda all-rounder hit four borders and five monstrous sixes in his stroke. Irfan Pathan finished the India Legends innings on an upswing when he hit Nuwan Kulasekara for a maximum on the final delivery of the innings.
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