loopy full toss, which is reverse swept over the third man boundary. That's the winning runs!
Cheers for joining us folks. The next Cricket All Stars T20 is on Wednesday in Houston. See you then
Man of the Match is Shane Warne "All the fans - 36000 people turned up to watch cricket in a baseball stadium. We wanted to be comeptitive. There was some skillful batting and bowling and fielding out there. But we know they will come back hard in Houston. A lot of the guys have trained hard, they are proud people, they don't want to be embarrased and they were not today. The first two-three balls, I couldn't get them through past halfway. But after that it was alright. There hasn't been a media outlet we haven't been to. The highlight was Sachin ringing the bell at the NY stock exchange. To have my Father there as well. it's been wonderful. We hope everyone on TV has enjoyed it. Thank you to the fans"
Presentation time "The first match has been really special. We thoroughly enjoyed being here. New York, you were brilliant," says Sachin. "Houston and LA, you are going to find it difficult to match them. It was a bit competitive at some stages. Ricky batted well and Sanga batted well and that partnership won the game for them. Our opening partnership was good, it was important to build after that. Shane and the other guys really bowled well. The tournament is called Warne v Tendulkar and all that, but we are here, 30 superstars, and as long as we play good cricket that's all that matters. The bodies are holding on. We saw while Shoaib was bowling today that we were competitive. That's all we need to do"
Handshakes around. Smiles everywhere. The customary roar when Sachin's name is announced. It's not been the greatest game ever played even if these players are some of the greatest to ever play the game. But it was fun while it lasted and we have two more of these to go. For now, they take a lap of honour around Citi Field, the iconic baseball stadium of the New York Mets, momentarily transformed into a cricket field
So Warnie gets a win, and bragging rights over Tendulkar, Lara and Laxman. Took them all out in the space of four overs. Would even he have dreamed of that? And then there was Shoaib Akhtar, breathing fire as only a fast bowler can. Surprised Kallis with a ripsnorter of a bouncer. And even got rid of Sanga with one
chahlia: "Shoaib Akhtar is find of the tournament."
Hamid: "Here is an idea... Today's Greats VS the Retired Greats. I wanna see Akhtar, Lee, Akram, Murli, Warne taking on Kohli, AB'D, Warner, Maxiii ... Come on Cricinfo, I think i have got an idea finaly thats worth a post in cricinfo."
Slip for Jonty
flighted outside off, slapped through the covers. Ponting v Sachin, fellows. That's fun, right?
Chandan: "Ponting plays villain again for all Indian fans." --- The moment you have all been waiting for. Sachiiiiiin, Sachiin. Has the ball in hand
full on middle and leg, looks for a flick, misses
short, asking to be hit, poor Ambrose. He is having the same day his former captain Walsh was. Pulled to the midwicket boundary
Mahela signing autographs... seems a little reluctant to go back on the field... so many fans
full and wide outside off, slashes and misses
good length ball outside off, pushed to cover
full toss, Jonty takes it from outside off and slog sweeps it over the square leg boundary. That's a special, trademark stroke
good length ball on middle and off, defended
slower ball on the base of middle, nudged through midwicket
full and slid way down leg. Ponting was running down to pick it over midwicket, can't connect
Curtly is back
back of a length and just outside off, slid to deep third man
all he did was open the face and the ball just shot away to the point boundary. Punter is making sure his team wins yet another close one
full on middle, driven to long-on
then the one that moves away. Has his former team-mate in all sorts of bother. Jonty tries a slice to third man, and can't connect
cuts the fuller ball back into Jonty, defended. Oh, we have a thriller here, folks. Low-scoring thriller, like the good old ones
back of a length on off stump, pushed back at the bowler
short and wide, too wide. Jonty tries a cut but he can't reach it
vibhash: "Jonty and Ponting together. Running would be fun."
short ball, this time Ponting pulls and gets a top edge that sails over the keeper. Caught by one the the sub fielders for Sachin's team, I think. And in comes Murali to hug Jonty from behind
there is the loopy slower ball as the follow up, Jonty has picked it up early and flicked it behind square leg
bouncer, beats him for pace! Good on Jonty for staying in line. Tries to bend his torso back but he is too late in doing so