Warne, Ponting set up victory for Warriors
Warne's Warriors 141-4 (Ponting 48no) beat
Sachin's Blasters 140-8 (Sehwag 55) by six wickets
First All-Stars Twenty20, Citi Field, New York
Shane Warne weaved his magic with the ball while Ricky Ponting scored a responsible unbeaten knock to take Warne's Warriors home by six wickets against Sachin's Blasters at Citi Field to go 1-0 up in the Cricket All-Stars series.
After winning the toss and opting to bowl first, the Warriors attack was belted all over the park by legendary batting duo Virender Sehwag (55) and Sachin Tendulkar (26).
The pair amassed 85 runs in eight overs with Sehwag doing the bulk of the heavy lifting.
Sehwag, who recently retired from international cricket, was fresh from his stint with Delhi's Ranji cricket team. He took veterans such as Courtney Walsh (0-30) and Alan Donald (1-23) to the cleaners by hitting them all over the park.
Sehwag registered his fifty in a mere 20 balls while hitting three fours and six sixes in his typical swashbuckling style.
Fans got to witness the legendary Warne vs Tendulkar dual after for the first time in several years. Warne (3-20) won the first battle by dismissing Tendulkar as Jacques Kallis (0-19) took a splendid catch in the covers.
Things went completely south for the Blasters from there onwards as Daniel Vettori (1-13) dismissed Sehwag with the next delivery to derail them.
VVS Laxman (8) and Brian Lara (1) did little to help the cause as things started to slip out of Blasters hands.
Carl Hooper (11), Mahela Jayawardene (18) and Shaun Pollock (11) made small but insignificant contributions as Blasters managed to set a target of only 141 runs.
Wasim Akram (0-16) was impressive despite having no wicket to back up his performance.
Andrew Symonds (3-15) helped Warriors clean up the tail by taking a few lower order wickets. The Blasters managed 140 for eight in their 20 overs.
With a target well within their reach, Warriors came out confidently. Matthew Hayden (4) was grounded by a fiery Rawalpindi Express as Shoaib Akhtar (2-26) turned back the clock with his stunning pace and accuracy.
Kallis (13) became a victim of confusion in running between the wickets with Ponting (48 not out) as an accurate throw from Muttiah Muralitharan (1-18) ended his stay.
Kumar Sangakkara (41) used his recent county cricket experience by hitting the ball all over the park from the middle of his bat. He was undone by a bouncer from Akhtar which brought Blasters back in the game for a while.
Jonty Rhodes (20 not out), along with Ponting, paved the way for a Warriors victory with six wickets in hand and 16 balls to spare.
Curtly Ambrose (0-36) and Pollock (0-30) had a torrid time with the ball as Akhtar and Muralitharan remained the only bowlers from Blasters to make a mark on proceedings.
Warne was awarded the man of the match award for his brilliant spell which turned the tables in favour of the Warriors.
The series now moves to Houston where they are scheduled to play the next T20 game on 12th November.
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