CRICKET ALL-STARS WRAPPED UP EXHIBITION GAME SERIES WITH WARRIOR’S 2 – 0 RUN, WILL THIS ICONIC GATHERING LIFT THE GAME OUT OF THE FOREIGN BUNKER AND INTO THE U.S. SOIL?
The Cricket All-Stars Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston last Wednesday wrapped up a 2 – 0 succession for Shane Warne’s Warriors against Sachin Tendulkar’s Blasters.
Warrior’s Kumar Sangakkara from India was the player of the match for the 20-20 exhibition game as mentioned in Bleacher Report, He dominated with 57 runs pulling the plug for the much-needed tie that the Blasters were looking into.
The Blaster’s Shaun Pollack from Australia mustered 55 runs for a late game eruption. Iy keyed up the boisterous crowd in the half-filled baseball stadium. However, his opposing rivals, Jacques Kallis from South Africa batted 45 out of 23 balls, and Ricky Ponting from Australia batted 41 runs out of 16. It added to the barrage of whirlwind innings scattering the propelled balls by the bowler. Overall, the Warrior’s roster smashed 262 for five in their 20 overs.
U.S. became the host of top-billing cricket legends broken-up into two internationally fielded teams coming from eight different countries. The two teams were led respectively by Australian “King of Spin” Shane Warner and India’s “Master Blaster” Sachin Tendulkar.
The Citi Field, New York stadium on Nov. 7 was the inaugural kicked-off to furnish the American home crowd with their biggest showpiece for the bat and ball game. Again, Ponting nicknamed “Punter” in cricket circles was the first stage with his run chase in a triumphant 48 out of 38, which included six hits which crossed the boundary line. The Citi Field attracted 36,000 people.
It leading masterminds Warne and Tendulkar to pronounce that their effort to lift the entire industry of the game out of the bunker of another foreign soil is slowly becoming a triumph, as reported by Cricket Australia.
Cricket though has made a hushed rebirth albeit in American college campuses. The University of Massachusetts Lowell joined this crusade. Also, it shattered the 17-year silence of “Her Majesty’s” bat-and-ball sport in their campus as reported by UML.
“I thought it would be a good idea to start up the club,” reveals club president and team captain Sahil Patel. The rising informal gathering became frequent which made them apply for a Campus Recreation club status.
The squad has recently now morphed into a sports team as they joined the sport’s governing body, the American College Cricket (ACC) as the UMass Lowell River Hawks.
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