The Yashpal Sharma benefit match played in New Delhi on Wednesday between Kapil's XI and Tendulkar's XI was a welcome change after the recent match fixing scandal as a number of Indian cricket stars, past and present, picked up the willow to do what they do best - play the game.

Put in to bat, Kapil's XI posted 251 for eight in their alloted 40 overs with Saba Karim (88) and the battle scared Kapil Dev (60) being the top scorers. In reply, Tendulkar's XI were 158 for 8. Then Ashish Nehra (19), Murali Karthik (42) and Ajit Agarkar (32) put up a strong rearguard action. But that was not enough as Tendulkar's team were all out for 246 in 39.4 overs.