Road Safety World Series: All-Round Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh Help India Legends Clinch Trophy
An all-round show by Yusuf Pathan helped India Legends beat Sri Lanka Legends by 14 runs to win the Road Safety World Series 2020-21 at Raipur on Sunday. Put in to bat first, India made 181 for 4 with Yusuf smashing an unbeaten 62 off 36 and Yuvraj making 60 off 41.
In reply, Sri Lanka made 167 for 7 with Yusuf returning figures of 2 for 26 while Irfan Pathan got 2 for 29. Yusuf was the man of the final.
India were reduced to 35 for 2 with Virender Sehwag and S Badrinath falling cheaply but Sachin Tendulkar provided a stable base making 30 off 23. Yuvraj and Yusuf then carried on, Yusuf accelerating towards the end to power India to a huge score.
Sri Lanka got a stable start with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya adding 62 for the opening wicket but they collapsed in the middle to be reduced to 91 for 4. Yusuf made the crucial breakthroughs, dismissing both Dilshan and Jayasuriya.
Chinthaka Jayasinghe (30) and Kaushalya Weeraratne (38 off 15) stretched the game but Manpreet Gony, Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel held their nerves in the end to win the trophy for India.
Here’s what Tendulkar and Yusuf had to say after the game.
Sachin Tendulkar: Incredible. This is what we have been here for, to win this trophy. This wouldn’t have been possible without the team effort and the crowd support. In the last couple of overs we had to call the support staff to field and we have all been strapped really. This tournament is really important and I hope, as six teams, we have been able to spread the message across about road safety. I would like to applaud Sri Lanka and all the teams for coming in supporting us, this is one message all of us are trying to spread all around the world. Really pleased.
Yusuf Pathan, Man of the Match: Feels very good to play. This is my first series after retirement and really happy with the win. Last three games we played really good cricket. Yuvraj has been hitting them really well. Really enjoyed playing with my brother as well. He is enjoying his cricket and he is a big motivation fro me. Really enjoyed every moment of this tournament.