Symonds to Muralitharan, SIX, Warne’s Warriors win by 57 runs! They take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Coming back to the ball, it was floated up on the stumps, Muralitharan takes a step forward and smashes it way over the long-on fence for a maximum
Kumar Sangakkara – what a player he is. The left-hander usually glides his way to runs, caressing those drives and flicks with ridiculous elan, but on a dream T20 wicket at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Sanga showed he can time those sixes with equal ease as well, as Warne’s Warriors smashed the living daylights out of the legendary bowling lineup of Sachin’s Blasters.
The first match did not produce too many runs – from a T20 perspective – with Sachin’s Blasters only able to put on 140 runs on the board batting first.
This time, though, Tendulkar and his team will need to bat a lot, lot better, after Sangakkara led Warne’s Warriors to a ridiculous score of 262/5.
The tone was set by the openers Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hayden, as even the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Glenn McGrath, playing his first game of the Cricket All Stars, went for a few early on.
Once the two openers fell, Sangakkara and Jacques Kallis took over, not exactly rolling back the years, but showing they can mix it pretty well with those big hitters. Sixes would have been the order of the for the fans going into this second T20 of the Cricket All Stars, and the batsmen of Warne’s Warriors certainly delivered.
Sangakkara and Kallis put on 91 runs together, before the left-hander added another 69 with Ricky Ponting, who continues to look like he never should have retired.