Road Safety World Series: The defending champions, India Legends, defeated South Africa Legends in the first game of their Road Safety World Series 2022 campaign. Stuart Binny, the all-around player, was named Player of the Match for his 42-ball 82. Contributing to India Legends’ 61-run victory. At the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, India Legends captain Sachin Tendulkar chose to bat first after winning the toss.
Tendulkar and Naman Ojha gave the innings a respectable start, but by the seventh over, neither opener was left standing. After that, a 64-run third-wicket stand between Suresh Raina and Stuart Binny helped India Legends gain the upper hand. To retaliate, South Africa Legends quickly fired both Raina and Yuvraj Singh.
But Yusuf Pathan and Binny’s quick-fire 88-run partnership helped India Legends reach 217/4 in just 20 overs. South Africa Legends’ preferred bowler was Johan van der Wath. In his three overs of bowling, he took two wickets for 27 runs. Road Safety World Series: “Indian Side Played Brilliantly”: Jonty Rhodes
Eddie Leie and Makhaya Ntini each claimed a wicket. India Legends’ second-inning onslaught was spearheaded by leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, who claimed three wickets in his four-over stint. South Africa Legends scored only 17 runs off of his 24 balls.
Jacques Rudolph, Morne van Vyk, and Andrew Puttick all got out to strong starts for the South African team, but none of the top-order batters could produce large runs. South Africa Legends’ captain Jonty Rhodes was still unbeaten at 38, but his efforts could only get them to 156/9 in their 20 overs.
Although wickets were falling at the other end, Binny was undeterred and continued to score runs at will, reaching his fifty with a maximum off Garnett Kruger. Runs for the Indians started coming in until Yusuf Pathan joined him.
With this ferocious cameo, Raina, who recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, turned the clock back. Before being bowled out by left-arm spinner Eddie Leie, the elegant left-handed hitter from Uttar Pradesh thrilled the fans with his 33 off 22 deliveries. He and Binny had a 64-run partnership, which enabled his team to pass the 100-run threshold in the 12th over.
Yuvraj also didn’t survive long before being fired for a pitiful 6 points.
The Road Safety World Series 2022 will feature two matches on Sunday. The afternoon match pits West Indies Legends against Bangladesh, and the evening match pits Australia Legends against Sri Lanka. India finished strong with Yusuf (35* off 15 balls) and Binny, who ran through the SA bowlers for 79 runs in the final five overs.