India Legends vs West Indies Legends: Irfan Pathan concedes five wides at the start of the over as India defends target of 219

Irfan Pathan bowled five wide deliveries and conceded 19 runs in the first over as India defends the target of 219 in the first semi-final held between India Legends and West Indies Legends today of the Road Safety World Series at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur.

Earlier Yuvraj Singh slammed 20 balls for 49 runs and Sachin Tendulkar scored 65 off 42 balls that helped India cross the 200 run mark and end up with a score of 218/3 in 20 overs. As West Indies Legends won the toss, their captain Brian Lara decided to field first. However, that proved to be a disastrous move as Sachin and Yuvraj hit the West Indies bowlers all around the park.

Unfortunately, India didn’t start its chasing with the same form. As soon as Irfan Pathan bowled to Dwayne Smith in the first ball, the ball was swung and ran through the square leg with a leg-bye signal and one run between the wickets. The second ball in the over bowled to Perkins went for a four-over long-off. While there was no run given in the third ball, the fourth ball and fifth ball bowled were wide deliveries.

The sixth ball bowled to Perkins went straight down the ground for four, adding extra pressure on Pathan. The pressure seemed to get the better off Pathan as he bowled the next three consecutive balls as wide deliveries. It was still 0.5 overs continuing and five wides had been delivered, the next ball ended up with a single run. The last ball of Pathan’s first over ended with Smith hitting Pathan for four over extra cover, thereby Pathan ended up bowling 11 balls in an over.

It would be interesting to watch if Pathan gets a second chance in bowling to the West Indian team, considering his very expensive first over.

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