One of the most Popular Cricket Tournament Road Safety World Series have started with a bang! England Legends team Captain Kevin Pietersen stole the limelight in the low scoring match as they sealed a maiden victory in the Road Safety World Series T20 against Bangladesh Legends at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium in Raipur on Sunday.
Kevin Pietersen scored a quick-fire 17 balls 42 runs to help England chase a 114 runs target with 36 balls in spare. In his brilliant knock, Pietersen hit seven boundaries & a six. Darren Maddy saw the team helped the team to reach 117 runs in 14 overs with an unbeaten knock of 32 runs. England Legends team’s bowlers displayed a strong bowling performance by restricting Bangladesh legends to a low score of 113 runs for five wickets down in 20 overs.
Captain Kevin Pitersen won the toss & elected to field first, he setup the fielding in such a way that Bangladesh legends couldn’t score big. Of England bowlers, Seamer Chris Tremlett was the most successful bowler who picked up two wickets for 10 runs while left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who opened the bowling attack for England Legends was the most economical player of the squad.
Bangladesh Legends who lost their Opening Tie to India Legends continued to struggle to perform with the bat, Struggling for hitting shots on a slow wicket, Bangladesh ended up losing wickets one after the other & were reduced to five wickets for 55 runs at one stage.
Opener batsman Nizamuddin played a crucial role for Bangladesh Legends against India by scoring 40 runs failed to display a good show with bat & was dismissed by left arm pacer Ryan Sidebottom for 14 ball 12 runs. In search of a rewarding partnership lower middle order batsmen Khaled Mashud and Mushfiqur Rahman acted as a rescue for Bangladesh Legends with a 56 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. Both Mashud and Rahman kept a check on their shots and chose to rotate the strike to avoid another collapse.
In the end, Mashud had to return back to the pavilion after scoring 31 runs not out off 39 balls due to suffering an injury whereas Mushfiqur Rahman scored an unbeaten 30 runs from 26 balls & four boundaries.
Scores of Both the teams at a glance:
Bangladesh Legends 113/5 (Khaled Mashud 31 retd hurt, Mushfiqur Rahman 30*; Chris Tremlett 2/10); England Legends 117/3 (Kevin Pietersen 42, Darren Maddy 32*, Phil Mustard 27, Mohammed Rafique 2/31).