Marylebone Cricket Club v Rest of the World XI, Lord's July 5, 2014

Pragmatic victory for MCC on nostalgia-filled day

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MCC XI 296 for 3 (Finch 181*, Chanderpaul 37*) beat Rest of the World XI 293 for 7 (Yuvraj 132, Collingwood 40)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the end, there was no Sachin Tendulkar hundred, no Brian Lara classic. The sun did not shine until it had begun to set and Shane Warne did not bowl. The contemporary cricketers showed the old stagers that reputations count for little. Thomas Lord, a wheeler-dealer who considered moving his now-famous cricket ground for a third time during the 1800s and had to be bought out of his stake, might have approved of the lack of sentiment.

Tendulkar's MCC XI won the match, in honour of the Lord's bicentenary, though the Marylebone Cricket Club was always going to be the winner on this occasion. Warne, the Rest of the World captain who had been feeling the love all week during the build-up, felt something more acute on arriving at the crease to bat, his first delivery a beamer from Brett Lee, his old Australia team-mate, possibly a few clicks slower than in his pomp but still a dangerous prospect.

A broken hand kept Warne off the field during the chase, depriving a capacity crowd of one of the most tantalising of the many sights they came to revel in.

There were still flashes of genius, though the more prosaic business of scoring runs and taking wickets was largely carried out by those still plying their trade. Aaron Finch's unbeaten 181 guided MCC home, trumping a flowing century from Yuvraj Singh. Without Warne, the Rest of the World were quiescent, Paul Collingwood their most penetrative bowler. If Tendulkar had not decorously chosen to rest Saeed Ajmal after his initial burst of 4 for 5, the party may have ended early.

At the start of the MCC innings, having been set a target of 294 on an accommodating pitch, the concourses emptied. "Sachin is about to bat." One punch down the ground from a fractionally full Peter Siddle delivery confirmed the touch was still there. Silence descended when he played back to Muttiah Muralitharan, on 44 from as many balls, and missed. Murali cracked a mischievous grin.

When Collingwood removed Lara and Rahul Dravid with successive deliveries it was left to Finch and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to hammer out victory on the anvil of pragmatism. The romantics may have experienced just a touch of disappointment.

The players took the field in old-fashioned whites and MCC cable-knit sweaters, with only the colours of their caps - Tendulkar's XI in dark blue, Warne's wearing canary yellow - to distinguish sides. While the sky above was grey, Lord's itself was a palette of colour, from elderly gents in egg-and-bacon ties, young men in red trousers and tweed, to windcheater-clad families and numerous fans wearing India shirts.

Lord's is glibly referred to as the home of cricket but there was something especially welcoming about the atmosphere. After 200 years of hosting MCC matches, the doors were thrown wide open.

As exhibition fixtures go, this was one that promised much in the way of artistry. Warne had joked beforehand that he didn't much fancy having another bowl at Tendulkar or Lara - and Lee ensured sure he didn't have to - but a full house was keen to see famous rivals locking horns again, even if the pervasive goodwill inevitably diminished the intensity.

Lee charging in to Virender Sehwag was just the stuff; Finch tossing up his occasional left-arm spin to Collingwood perhaps less so. This was not so much getting the band back together as asking several different bands to recombine and try to master a diverse selection of hits. The innings of Yuvraj and Finch aside, it was not quite "All the Old Showstoppers" by the New Pornographers; but like the Rolling Stones - or the strolling bones - this gig was always going to pull the crowds in.

Before the match had even begun, people thronged the cordoned-off walkway from the Nursery Ground nets, smartphones held aloft in tribute. Lara's passage caused a palpable ripple, before vigorous chants of "Dravid! Dravid!" broke out at the appearance of Sachin's old mate.

The game was hymned by a contented buzz around the ground, the most intense applause reserved for any Tendulkar activity - though the two individual century-makers brought large sections of the crowd to their feet. It was Tendulkar who ended Yuvraj's six-studded stay, having brought himself on to bowl in the last ten overs. After the match, as Tendulkar signed autographs in front of the Tavern Stand, one of the advertising hoardings gave way beneath the press of bodies. No wonder he feels at home here.

There was also a warm reception for Kevin Pietersen, a batsman who craves full-house approbation but whose only England role nowadays is as a member of the The Expendables. A stroke-filled hundred may have caused embarrassment for the ECB on their own patch - even before Andrew Strauss' indiscretion in the Sky commentary box - but Pietersen walked past an Ajmal doosra to be stumped for 10.

As Ajmal ran through the top order, it seemed likely the MCC would have to hastily arrange a beer match to fill the time left in the day (at Lord's, it would of course be a champagne match). Tendulkar took pity and brought on Finch to bowl, easing Yuvraj and Collingwood into a stand that eventually yielded 131.

Lee began proceedings at a sedate 70mph, that winsome smile never far away. Adam Gilchrist's rapier-like flashes through the off side were accompanied by some firm punches from Sehwag - as well as the odd play-and-miss - and the fifty opening stand was raised inside seven overs.

Sehwag, wearing his now customary spectacles, was beaten through the gate as Lee warmed up to medium pace, before Ajmal's introduction triggered a slide to 68 for 5. This may have been a birthday celebration but Ajmal was in no mood to clown around, sinuously defeating each of Gilchrist, Tamim Iqbal, Pietersen and Shahid Afridi in the space of three overs. The situation called for something a little less starry; out strolled "Brigadier Block".

Collingwood was dropped on 29 by a substitute fielder - an MCC Young Cricketer named Jordan Price, who will always be able to tell his grandchildren that he shelled a dolly in front of the grandstand. Yuvraj, still short of his hundred, then survived a thin nick that Chris Read could not hang on to. When a Yuvraj top edge fell between a non-moving Finch and a slow-moving Lara in the covers, the sense that this was a glorified club match returned. But what is life without a little glory?

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick

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  • cric1965 on July 8, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Poor team selection. No need current players to play.There would be good competitive match if they select two balance sides.. MCC side has three fast bowlers. Lee, Gul and Tait. Rest of the world has two fast bowlers- Siddle and best. Warne and Murali should be in opposite side Should play Aravinda De Silva, Wasim Akram, Waqar, Pollock,McGrath, Ricky ponting, jayasooriya,Ganguly and Inzamam, Kumble. These players are the leading wicket takers and run getters in ODI cricket.

  • Desihungama on July 7, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    @GR8GAUR - Afridi hasn't played competitive cricket in over two months. The rust was expected as was seen in his bowling too. Now, would you say Dravid has no ODI potential either? I don't rate Afridi as a batsman but he is someone opposition thinks twice before thwacking out of park.

  • Vilander on July 7, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Ajmal/Finch/Yuvi/ should not have played its unfair on the granpas how ever good they were they can not possibly play against current cricketers.

  • Roshan_P on July 7, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    So disappointed that Rahul Dravid did not score. He is in my opinion the greatest Indian batsman of the modern generation as no other batsman was relied upon so much (look at the difference in his average in wins and in losses) and no other batsman performed so well in the toughest conditions.

    Also, perhaps Tendulkar took Ajmal off to prolong the game. It would be no fun if ROW were skittled out for a low total, would it?

  • on July 7, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Nobody can beat sachin ..nd happy for tht mcc one the match ...nc tht was grt inning played by finch....

  • on July 7, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Hi all, wonder why current players were in the match wen in reality it wud hav been more interesting if only retired legends were selected.

  • JG2704 on July 6, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    @Rahat Mohammad Shihab on (July 6, 2014, 14:40 GMT) Have to be honest. I think Sachin - knowing it was a showcase game - didn't really want to be chasing such a low score which may have happened had SA been bowled through

  • on July 6, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    @Pak Ind bashers. Guys I really thought we would get along just fine this time around with sachin and ajmal being in same teams. But u guys have not surprised me at all. anyways off I go and keep doing what u do best. @Habib Please go take some rest. Ur just embarrassing urself. There is no conspiracy theory behind sachin taking off ajmal. I m a Pakistani as well and I say this with full confidence :)

  • GR8GAUR on July 6, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    @ahsan rafiq: LoL, so that also sums up afridi's ODI potential... much overhyped liability from the beginning of his carrer.

  • on July 6, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    This match saw Yuvraj's elegance in strokes that we had missed during the T20 WC (sans V Aus in T20WC). I am not sure Selectors would be taking this match seriously for Yuvi's selection to India's squad for Eng's One Day series. However, I still feel he is a gem the same Yuvi who played a major part in winning the 2011 WC for India.

  • cric1965 on July 8, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Poor team selection. No need current players to play.There would be good competitive match if they select two balance sides.. MCC side has three fast bowlers. Lee, Gul and Tait. Rest of the world has two fast bowlers- Siddle and best. Warne and Murali should be in opposite side Should play Aravinda De Silva, Wasim Akram, Waqar, Pollock,McGrath, Ricky ponting, jayasooriya,Ganguly and Inzamam, Kumble. These players are the leading wicket takers and run getters in ODI cricket.

  • Desihungama on July 7, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    @GR8GAUR - Afridi hasn't played competitive cricket in over two months. The rust was expected as was seen in his bowling too. Now, would you say Dravid has no ODI potential either? I don't rate Afridi as a batsman but he is someone opposition thinks twice before thwacking out of park.

  • Vilander on July 7, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Ajmal/Finch/Yuvi/ should not have played its unfair on the granpas how ever good they were they can not possibly play against current cricketers.

  • Roshan_P on July 7, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    So disappointed that Rahul Dravid did not score. He is in my opinion the greatest Indian batsman of the modern generation as no other batsman was relied upon so much (look at the difference in his average in wins and in losses) and no other batsman performed so well in the toughest conditions.

    Also, perhaps Tendulkar took Ajmal off to prolong the game. It would be no fun if ROW were skittled out for a low total, would it?

  • on July 7, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Nobody can beat sachin ..nd happy for tht mcc one the match ...nc tht was grt inning played by finch....

  • on July 7, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Hi all, wonder why current players were in the match wen in reality it wud hav been more interesting if only retired legends were selected.

  • JG2704 on July 6, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    @Rahat Mohammad Shihab on (July 6, 2014, 14:40 GMT) Have to be honest. I think Sachin - knowing it was a showcase game - didn't really want to be chasing such a low score which may have happened had SA been bowled through

  • on July 6, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    @Pak Ind bashers. Guys I really thought we would get along just fine this time around with sachin and ajmal being in same teams. But u guys have not surprised me at all. anyways off I go and keep doing what u do best. @Habib Please go take some rest. Ur just embarrassing urself. There is no conspiracy theory behind sachin taking off ajmal. I m a Pakistani as well and I say this with full confidence :)

  • GR8GAUR on July 6, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    @ahsan rafiq: LoL, so that also sums up afridi's ODI potential... much overhyped liability from the beginning of his carrer.

  • on July 6, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    This match saw Yuvraj's elegance in strokes that we had missed during the T20 WC (sans V Aus in T20WC). I am not sure Selectors would be taking this match seriously for Yuvi's selection to India's squad for Eng's One Day series. However, I still feel he is a gem the same Yuvi who played a major part in winning the 2011 WC for India.

  • on July 6, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    once more sachin proved he doesn't have the leadership credibility . He definitely should have continued with ajmal and prevent yuvraj and collingwood of making a 100 odd runs stand

  • on July 6, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @Ahmed habib : so you wanted Sachin to allow ajmal bowl and wind up ROW for 100 and ruin the entire match???? why are you guys so narrow minded???? and why is that "thanks God Sachin is not playing anymore " stuff??? are you afraid that if he plays he might set New records and may even score another 50 centuries????

  • on July 6, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    @Ahsan rafiq : does that mean that Bradman's last game sums up his entire test career??? first check dravids odi stats.... 10000+ runs at an average of nearly 40.... lol...if this is a liability, then I am sorry you don't have any cricket knowledge

  • on July 6, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Totally agrees with islamic. It would have been much better if the teams only consisted with legends. Even ajmal cant be considered a legend though how good a player he is (at least not yet). And am almost sure that players like jayasuriya, ponting, smith & hussey are fit enough and also available unless there are any issues that am not aware of. It would've bieng a great pleasure to watch them play too..

  • on July 6, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    @Jared. Yeah my point was that Finch will be in the Test team very soon as a opener or number 6 as doesn't matter as he will play the same way in either position. Not sure Lynn will be anywhere near the test side though as he can't cement a spot in the one dayers. Anyway nice to see Australia has lots of options again , as keep hearing that the Australian team is old and won't last long etc , but got some of the most exciting attacking players ready to step into the team in quite a few positions.

  • PadMarley on July 6, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Fixing dates for this game on a day with football quarter finals was not very smart. But certainly it was a blessing to see some of the retired legends. Sachin played few of his signature shots, and Lara too made two nice boundaries. Dravid was unfortunate!! Somehow the spirit of this game was not taken to its climax, cos of Finch's over doing his youth against retired and part-time bowlers. if you rank top ten off spinners in the word right now, Murali would still be in it. He was struggling with the wet ball. I guess the worse thing about the game was Commentators!!!

  • on July 6, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Interesting that Umar Gul is injured for Pakistan but risked in this friendly with his injury prone record?

    Ajmal, fantastic but is he not over bowling? Pakistan should be preserving him for the national team!!

    Finch aside, how many current international Indian, Australian and English players played?

  • on July 6, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Dream match but I wonder whose idea it was to keep such a match especially when it was climaxing exactly when argentina was playing their match. Today was sunday and would have been perfect. Finch got congratulated at 50 by tendulkar, 100 by lara and 150 by chanderpaul. awesome! saw couple of vintage sachin shots..but didnt get time to see the match from there on after he got out to a cute shot lol...murali still holding some zing!

  • ygkd on July 6, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Ajmal was bowling beautifully, putting the other side on the ropes, so to speak, and then he was immediately taken off. In a fair dinkum game this wouldn't have happened. Finch wouldn't have made such a monster score because the opportunity would not have arisen. It was, after all, just an exhibition game. And a one-dayer at that. What Finch needs is first class form.

  • on July 6, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    @Aaditya Sahi : Apparently not. Just checked Finch's profile and his score from this match is better than his previous List A best but isn't listed as his 'high score' on his stats. Which I suppose is fair enough, since it wasn't even really an official match of any kind - just a lovely exhibition game. Wasn't a great time for Finchy to play his best innings with the bat that I've seen, really!

    @Jamie : I think saying Finch WILL replace Rogers is a gigantic call at this stage. Even if Lehmann likes him a lot. Some people are already talking about it BUT Finch's first class record is terribly ordinary and there are stronger contenders for a spot at the top - Joe Burns and Chris Lynn among them. I think Finch is more likely to get a break as number 6 if he does make the test side, myself.

  • on July 6, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    @Hussain. Finch already opens the batting with Warner in ODI's! See you don't watch any cricket then hey? He will open with Warner in the Tests as soon as Rogers retires.

  • GR8GAUR on July 6, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    @ahmed habib: i think you took this match way too seriously . understand things before criticizing someone's captaincy. Sachin took ajmal off attack because it was a 50 over match not t20. Ajmal could have bundled ROW for 100-150. in the break he was indirectly told to do so as commentators said this in the entire match.if you watched the entire ROW innings you would have known it. stop being narrow minded.

  • da_lowrider on July 6, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    People this was an exhibition match! "If Tendulkar had not decorously chosen to rest Saeed Ajmal after his initial burst of 4 for 5, the party may have ended early."

    Kindly google the meaning of 'decorous' and you'll realise why Tendulkar took Ajmal off. If anything, Tendulkar was throwing him a very high compliment!

  • Karthik78 on July 6, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Pak. as usual find ways to defame sachin! Ajmal bowled well, obviously as a captain, we need him at death overs and also it is not match for winning one sided. Problem is Ajmal/Finch/Yuvraj are current players. They should not be included at all. Sorry forget about Afridi whether he is present of in future, the result will be same.

  • on July 6, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    A match that missed its epitom of romance. Felt like having a beer on a cold shivering morning of canadian winters.

  • on July 6, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    GOOD MATCH... But Aaron Finch took the lead...

  • on July 6, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Ahmed Habib and others, please appreciate that Sachin taking Ajmal off has got nothing to do with Indo-Pak relations or Sachin being a good or bad captain. I wont elaborate the reasons, work it out yourself :-)

  • on July 6, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    will the runs scored in this match be added to rhe players tally

  • Islamic on July 6, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    i think including current players was not a good idea.... as ajmal and finch were unstoppable..... jaysuria, shoaib akhtar, kumble, hussey, ponting, smith, kallis, yousuf, ganguly and vaas were the better options

  • on July 6, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    happy to watch my childhood stars play again...really a treat to watch

  • salman1508 on July 6, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Albeit true but this has to be the most depressing post match report I have ever read. Although the match itself had plenty of low points from Lara's scratchy innings to Dravid's golden duck, from Murali's loseners to Warne's broken finger, but the match served its purpose, we were able to watch several legends for one last time in action. Kudos to MCC for putting up this fixture and kudos to the writer for writing a very true report and summing up the day's proceedings perfectly.

  • on July 6, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    So, it means Sachin was and is not a good captain ever! If he kept on Saeed Ajmal for atleast one more over, story would have been different. I think here Sachin tries to defame Ajmal performance! If ajmal get away with 6 for 10, Sachin country men would have raised so many questions, asking why he was not removed, why a Pakistani bolwer get away with the fameetc.

    Sorry to say despite win, Sachin not good captain but a brilliant batsmen. Thanks god he is no more in cricket!

  • on July 6, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Great cricket match between Legend

  • cricketforpeace on July 5, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    At the end of the day, it does not really matter who won. Cricket lovers will remember this day as they would tell their grandchildren excitedly that they saw some of the most revered names in modern cricket play together - for some, possibly for one last time. Finch may have scored a match winning century, out classing a similar effort by Yuvraj Singh, but enduring images shall remain of the greatest ever players to have graced the game of cricket playing the game with bonhomie and joy. Clearly, the cricketers themselves were also enjoying their day in the sun - much as much as the spectators themselves. Cricket was truly the greatest victor. God Bless all the cricketers and fans too. God Bless this wonderful game of cricket! It feels good to be alive!!

  • on July 5, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    In my honest opinion ajmal and finch kinda ruined the match. This should have being a match between old veterans. Not current players who are in their prime. Perhaps including some mediocre current players wouldn't have done much harm. But inclusion of players with the calibre of ajmal and finch is realy not fair on the seniors. Howewer it was still a great pleasure to watch them play for a one last time. #respect..

  • on July 5, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Sachin looked g8 as he used face on balance no head fall over & open faced technique...................traits that he avoided post 2011 WC hence failed in everthing...............Sachin is at his best agin now & Ind should bring him for WC2015

  • JG2704 on July 5, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Thought the game was a great advert for cricket. Was lovely to see some of the legends playing with a smile on their face. Finch's inns was amazing especially as he alone was responsible for keeping MCC up with the RR when others around him were letting it slip. Yuvi's inns was also magnificent - coming in with ROW in an uneasy position.

    A shame Gul and Warne could not bowl (all) their overs.

    I thought some of the ROW captaincy decisions were a little strange. Bringing Afridi in above Collingwood when steadying the ship was the most important thing backfired. Also re Collingwood - Why was he taken off after doing so well (16 off 6 after 9 off his 1st over) and then nut even bring him back on? The RR was I think over a run a ball when he came off and he just may have helped strangle the RR further

  • Worldcricketlover on July 5, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Sachin is still capable to play for India. Today he played siddle so easily. His trademark straight drive is an evidence that he is still best then KP at this age. His defence was so tight . I believe that he is in best of form. Salute to Legend. Finch is younger version of Sehwag. I still feel that the bowlers should try to bowl close to his body . But the match was great entertainment except Wanes leg spin . I am sure Aaron have not scored the century if warne has bowled.

  • on July 5, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Summed up Dravid's ODI carrier an overrated ODI liabilty

  • on July 5, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Although well summed up, but his has to be one of the most depressing post match reports I have ever read. To be honest, the match itself had plenty of low points, from stumping of KP to golden duck of Dravid, from Murali's loseners to Shane Warne's broken hand, but on the positive note, it was wonderful to see Lara, Little Master, and several other greats to take guard one last time. Kudos to MCC for putting the fixture up, and kudos to the writer for summing up day's proceedings perfectly.

  • on July 5, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Sachin still looks like Indias best opener in ODI s .Lara was also brilliant with his cover drives .Rahul Dravid showed how to field in the slips and gully an aspect of the game which has completely been neglected by the Indian test team after RD s retirement .Gilly and sehwag gave ROW a great start as expected.The disappointments were Warne injury ,Dravid s duck and to a certain extent Muralis bowling but he got tendulkar out so that made it up .Collingwood was also pretty useful . Aaron finch should be seriously considered as Warners partner in odis and later if he performs well also in tests .Saeed Ajmal should have played for pakistan in the 2000 s .I do not want to take anything away from ajmal but he has bowled in an era when quality batsmen are mostly either retired or past their prime .Very few quality batsmen nowadays .But he would still be successful in 2000s and would have undoubtedly been pakistans best spinner .

  • on July 5, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Good match...nice to see sachin once again in action....

  • docnav on July 5, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Great guys all the selectors hope they are wide awake. India play England in Odi sties. Hope they don't make blunders of test eggs Vijay Aron rohit etc. Wake up sandeep patil and Co.

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  • docnav on July 5, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Great guys all the selectors hope they are wide awake. India play England in Odi sties. Hope they don't make blunders of test eggs Vijay Aron rohit etc. Wake up sandeep patil and Co.

  • on July 5, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Good match...nice to see sachin once again in action....

  • on July 5, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Sachin still looks like Indias best opener in ODI s .Lara was also brilliant with his cover drives .Rahul Dravid showed how to field in the slips and gully an aspect of the game which has completely been neglected by the Indian test team after RD s retirement .Gilly and sehwag gave ROW a great start as expected.The disappointments were Warne injury ,Dravid s duck and to a certain extent Muralis bowling but he got tendulkar out so that made it up .Collingwood was also pretty useful . Aaron finch should be seriously considered as Warners partner in odis and later if he performs well also in tests .Saeed Ajmal should have played for pakistan in the 2000 s .I do not want to take anything away from ajmal but he has bowled in an era when quality batsmen are mostly either retired or past their prime .Very few quality batsmen nowadays .But he would still be successful in 2000s and would have undoubtedly been pakistans best spinner .

  • on July 5, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Although well summed up, but his has to be one of the most depressing post match reports I have ever read. To be honest, the match itself had plenty of low points, from stumping of KP to golden duck of Dravid, from Murali's loseners to Shane Warne's broken hand, but on the positive note, it was wonderful to see Lara, Little Master, and several other greats to take guard one last time. Kudos to MCC for putting the fixture up, and kudos to the writer for summing up day's proceedings perfectly.

  • on July 5, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Summed up Dravid's ODI carrier an overrated ODI liabilty

  • Worldcricketlover on July 5, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Sachin is still capable to play for India. Today he played siddle so easily. His trademark straight drive is an evidence that he is still best then KP at this age. His defence was so tight . I believe that he is in best of form. Salute to Legend. Finch is younger version of Sehwag. I still feel that the bowlers should try to bowl close to his body . But the match was great entertainment except Wanes leg spin . I am sure Aaron have not scored the century if warne has bowled.

  • JG2704 on July 5, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Thought the game was a great advert for cricket. Was lovely to see some of the legends playing with a smile on their face. Finch's inns was amazing especially as he alone was responsible for keeping MCC up with the RR when others around him were letting it slip. Yuvi's inns was also magnificent - coming in with ROW in an uneasy position.

    A shame Gul and Warne could not bowl (all) their overs.

    I thought some of the ROW captaincy decisions were a little strange. Bringing Afridi in above Collingwood when steadying the ship was the most important thing backfired. Also re Collingwood - Why was he taken off after doing so well (16 off 6 after 9 off his 1st over) and then nut even bring him back on? The RR was I think over a run a ball when he came off and he just may have helped strangle the RR further

  • on July 5, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Sachin looked g8 as he used face on balance no head fall over & open faced technique...................traits that he avoided post 2011 WC hence failed in everthing...............Sachin is at his best agin now & Ind should bring him for WC2015

  • on July 5, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    In my honest opinion ajmal and finch kinda ruined the match. This should have being a match between old veterans. Not current players who are in their prime. Perhaps including some mediocre current players wouldn't have done much harm. But inclusion of players with the calibre of ajmal and finch is realy not fair on the seniors. Howewer it was still a great pleasure to watch them play for a one last time. #respect..

  • cricketforpeace on July 5, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    At the end of the day, it does not really matter who won. Cricket lovers will remember this day as they would tell their grandchildren excitedly that they saw some of the most revered names in modern cricket play together - for some, possibly for one last time. Finch may have scored a match winning century, out classing a similar effort by Yuvraj Singh, but enduring images shall remain of the greatest ever players to have graced the game of cricket playing the game with bonhomie and joy. Clearly, the cricketers themselves were also enjoying their day in the sun - much as much as the spectators themselves. Cricket was truly the greatest victor. God Bless all the cricketers and fans too. God Bless this wonderful game of cricket! It feels good to be alive!!