Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) vs Rest of the World (RoW) XI: Aaron Finch’s 181 powers MCC to 7-wicket win over RoW
Aaron Finch © AFP
Jul 5, 2014
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) vs Rest of the World (RoW) XI
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Yuvraj comes into the attack. Chanderpaul losses his balance, but manages to sweep one for a four towards deep square-leg. Finch then launches one over long-on for a six. That is the end of this fascinating match. MCC beat RoW by seven wickets. Finch finishes as top-scorer with an unbeaten 181. Chanderpaul finishes on 37. Finch struck 23 fours and six sixes in his innings. Chanderpaul hit three fours and one six.
Best to bowl. The luck is in Finch’s favour. Best bowled a short delivery and Finch tried to cut. The ball took a thick top-edge and went over the vacant slip cordon for a four. A total of nine runs come from the over.
Pietersen continues. Finch slog-sweeps one over deep square-leg for a six. Chanderpaul then pulls a short delivery on the leg side for a four. The next ball is pulled by Chanderpaul for a six over deep square-leg. Well that was a surprise. That is also the 100 partnership between Finch and Chanderpaul.
Best comes in. Finch moves towards the leg side and Best follows him. The ball hits Finch in the mid-riff and that would have hurt a bit. Best then bowls a bouncer, which is called a wide. Best bowls another short delivery and Finch pulls the ball over square-leg for a four.
Kevin Pietersen comes into the attack. Finch hits one towards deep square-leg and gets two runs. That is his 150. The next delivery is pulled for a six over deep mid-wicket. That is also MCC’s 250.
Best has been brought back into the attack. He hits Finch on the pads and appeals for an LBW. But the ball was going down the leg side and the umpire says not out. The next ball is struck in the air towards wide long-on. It looks like the ball has fallen on the line, but a four has been given. Then the next delivery is lofted over wide mid-off for another four.
Siddle continues. Finch gets two runs off the first delivery towards long-on. He then gets a single towards mid-on. Chanderpaul then plays out three dot deliveries. He then gets a single towards deep point.
Muralitharan bowls one on the legs and Finch slog-sweeps the ball for a four towards deep square-leg. There was some confusion whether it was a six, but replays show that it is a four. That was Muralitharan’s 10th and final over. His figures read 10-0-55-1.
Siddle comes in. Finch hits a six over long-off. He wants to stamp his mark in this game. Well actually, he has…
Muralitharan comes back into the attack. He bowls one down the leg side and Finch sweeps the ball for a four towards long-leg. Chanderpaul hits the last ball for a four over the bowler’s head.
Siddle replaces Collingwood. Chanderpaul gets three runs towards long-leg. Finch had to make the third run quickly or he would have been out. Finch then thumps a length delivery towards deep mid-wicket for a four. That brings up the 200 for MCC.
Muralitharan bowls a good over as only four runs come from it. MCC now need 99 runs in 90 deliveries.
Collingwood continues. Chanderpaul hits one towards mid-wicket and gets a single. That is the only run in the over.
Muralitharan has been brought back. Finch hits a straight one towards fine-leg for a four. Finch then plays one towards point and gets a single.
Collingwood to bowl. Chanderpaul and Finch get singles off the first two deliveries in the over. Chanderpaul then plays out three dot deliveries. He then plays a cover drive and gets one run.
Yuvraj continues. Chanderpaul gets off the mark with a single towards mid-on. Finch then sweeps a full delivery behind square on the leg side for a four.
Finch pushes one from Collingwood towards long-on for a single. That is his century. He is getting the applause he deserves. Lara then plays a trademark cover drive and gets a four. But Collingwood strikes as he finds the outside off Lara’s bat and Gilchrist takes a simple catch. He is getting a standing ovation as he leaves the field. Rahul Dravid comes into bat. He is bowled first ball. The ball just came in after pitching. Collingwood is on a hat-trick. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the next batsman in. He defends the hat-trick ball.
OUT! B Lara c Gilchrist b Collingwood 23(38), R Dravid 0(1)
Yuvraj flights one and Lara hits the ball towards mid-on and takes a single. Finch seems to have got a bit of nerves. But he does hit one towards long-off for a single.
Collingwood again. Lara cuts one towards backward-point and gets a single. Finch is unable to get the two runs that will get him to his century.
Yuvraj continues. Finch punches one through extra-cover and gets a four. Lara then gets a single towards the leg side.
Collingwood comes back into the attack. It is a tight over as only one run comes from it.
Yuvraj bowls a length delivery and Lara pulls the ball towards deep mid-wicket for a four. Yuvraj bowls a full lofted delivery and Lara guides the ball towards fine-leg for two runs.
Afridi to bowl. The first ball is guided by Finch towards deep backward-point for a four. Finch then slogs one towards wide long-on and gets two runs. Kevin Pietersen does well to restrict the four. Finch then hits one over wide mid-off for a four. That gets MCC over 150.
The star of the RoW batting, Yuvraj Singh, comes into the attack. The first ball is a loosener and Finch thumps it through deep extra-cover for a four. Finch then hammers one over long-off for a six.
Afridi comes back into the attack. He bowls five six deliveries on the trot to Lara as it is a maiden.
One from Muralitharan keeps very low, but it was outside off-stump or else Finch might have been in trouble.
Best bowls a short delivery and Finch is not able to pull it away. Best then angles one in on the pads and Finch easily works it away towards fine-leg for a four. Finch then cuts a wide delivery towards third-man for a single. Best then bowls a wide on the off side to Lara. The last delivery is wide and Lara cuts it behind point for a four.
Muralitharan continues. Lara guides one towards deep backward point and gets a single. Finch gets a top-edge, but the ball lands safely behind Gilchrist.
Well if Tendulkar is out, in comes Brian Lara. Not a bad replacement at all. Best has been brought back into the attack. Lara gets off the mark with three runs towards deep backward square-leg. In fact, it was Best who ran all the way to the deep to field that ball. Gilchrist has employed an unusual field.
Muralitharan bowls a full delivery from round the stumps and Tendulkar hits the ball through wide long-off for a four. Tendulkar tries to play an off-stump ball too cutely behind the wickets, but he misses and gets bowled. The whole of Lord’s gives Sachin Tendulkar a standing ovation as he leaves the field.
OUT! S Tendulkar b Muralitharan 44(45)
Afridi bowls a short delivery and Tendulkar cuts the ball behind square on the off side. Tamim Iqbal does well to keep it down to two runs. Tendulkar then hits one towards long-on for a single. Finch hits one towards the off side and gets a single. That is the 100 up for MCC. They are cruising at the moment.
Muralitharan continues. Tendulkar losses his balance, but manages to sweep one behind square on the leg side for a single. Muralitharan manages to hit the Finch’s pads, but the appeal is turned down.
Afridi bowls one wide and Finch cuts the ball behind point for a four. That is is half-century. Everyone at Lord’s applauds Finch. The batsmen then exchange three singles in the over.
Muralitharan bowls one down the leg side and Finch sweeps the ball towards long-leg for a four.
Shahid Afridi comes into the attack. Finch pulls a six over deep mid-wicket. That is the first six in the MCC innings. A total of eight runs come from the over.
Muttiah Muralitharan comes into the attack. Finch lays into a tossed up delivery towards deep extra-cover for a four. Finch then punches a short delivery through the same region and gets another four.
Siddle to bowl. Tendulkar places one off the pads towards deep square-leg and gets two runs. The last ball is driven through wide long-off for a four by Tendulkar. He hit the ball in the air, but in the gap as well.
Collingwood continues. Finch takes one on the full and hits the ball towards mid-on and gets a single. That is the 50 up for MCC. Collingwood bowls one short and wide and Tendulkar plays the upper cut over point for a four.
Siddle comes from the other end now. The rain has again began to pour at Lord’s. Siddle bowls a full delivery and Tendulkar drives down the ground and gets a four. Brilliant shot. Classic Tendulkar. Siddle bowls one wide and Tendulkar guides the ball through point for a four.
Best’s last delivery is a dot ball. Paul Collingwood replaces Siddle and will owl the seventh over. He bowls a back of a length delivery and Tendulkar punches the ball through cover-point for a four. Finch then lofts one over point for a four.
The rain has ceased and play has begun.
Best digs one in short and Tendulkar ducks underneath the ball. Then the bowler and batsmen have a laugh. Best bowls a back of a length delivery and Tendulkar pushes the ball off the back-foot towards deep cover and gets three runs. Well the rain has come back at Lord’s and play has been stopped for now. MCC still need262 runs to win in 44.1 overs. We will be bringing you all the updates, so, stay tuned.
Siddle again. He digs one short and Finch pulls the ball towards deep square-leg for a four. Those are the first runs scored against Siddle… on his 14th delivery. Siddle bowls a back of a length delivery and Tendulkar punches the ball past point to get a four. Best also mis-fielded at the deep.
Best to bowl. He bowls a full delivery on the stumps and Finch hits the ball towards long-on for a four. Best hits Finch’s pads twice in two deliveries and wants an LBW. But on both occasions, the umpire is not interested. The last delivery is driven by Finch towards wide long-off and he gets three runs.
Siddle continues. He again bowls a maiden over. This time to Tendulkar.
Tino Best will bowl the second over. He bowls one wide and Tendulkar guides the ball over gully for a single to get off the mark. Best drifts one on the pads and Finch flicks the ball for a four towards long-leg. Best bowls a back of a length delivery and Tendulkar places the ball behind square on the leg side and gets a single. The last delivery is short and Finch pulls the ball for a four towards deep square-leg.
Welcome back. Aaron Finch and Sachin Tendulkar walk out to begin the run-chase for MCC. Peter Siddle will open the bowling. The first over is a maiden to Finch.
RoW have suffered a blow as captain Warne has broken his hand. Lee’s beamer did more damage than than initially though. Gilchrist will captain the side.
Well it started as a though RoW will not last for 20 overs as Saeed Ajmal was running through the batting line-up. But Yuvraj Singh’s magnificent 132 off 134 deliveries guided Shane Warne’s team to 293 for seven. Sachin Tendulkar came into bowl and got Yuvraj’s wicket. Stay updated with us as we will bring you the MCC’s chase as soon as it starts.
Lee will bowl the final over of the innings. Lee surprises Warne with a chest-high beamer. The ball hits Warne on his left glove. Lee apologises, but Warne does not look pleased. Warne then gets off the mark with a lofted drive towards cover. Siddle then hits one to Ajmal towards mid-off, but he drops a tough chance. Warne then guides one towards third-man for a single. SIddle flicks a yorker from Lee towards mid-wicket and gets a single. The last ball is driven towards mid-off by Warne. Rest of the World XI have posted a competitive 293 for seven in their 50 overs.
Tendulkar comes back to bowl his fourth over. Yuvraj is trying to hit the big shots, but Tendulkar is actually bowling well. But that changes as the fourth ball is lofted down the ground for a six. Yuvraj again goes for a lofted shot, but doesn’t time it well. A substitute fielder takes the catch at long-on. Yuvraj gets a standing ovation from everyone at Lord’s. Shane Warne is the next batsmen in. Siddle hits the last delivery for a fur through cover.
OUT! Yuvraj c Price b Tendulkar 132(134)
Lee comes back into the attack. Yuvraj hits one down the ground and gets two runs. Lee bowls a half-volley on the stumps and Yuvraj flicks the ball brilliantly for a six over deep mid-wicket.
Ajmal will also bowl his final over of the innings. Yuvraj is unable to get some good connection on his shots to Ajmal. He does dab one towards short point and gets a single. Yuvraj does hit the last ball of Ajmal’s spell for a six over deep mid-wicket with a slog sweep. Ajmal finishes with figures of 10-0-45-4.
Tait to bowl his 10th and final over. Siddle and Yuvraj look quite comfortable right now. The singles are coming easily, but they need to hit a few more boundaries. The last ball of the over hits Siddle’s pads, but the appeal is turned down as there was an inside-edge.
Tendulkar bowls a length delivery and Yuvraj pulls towards long-on for a four. What a moment as that is his century. The whole of Lord’s applauds his effort. Yuvraj then moves to the off side and whips one towards long-leg for another four.
Tait comes back into the attack. He bowls a wide donw the leg side first up to Australian compatriot Siddle. The batsmen then exchange a single each. Tait then bowls a full delivery and hits Siddle’s pads. There is a mild appeal, but the ball was going down the leg side, so the umpire turns it down. Tait bowls one slightly wide and Yuvraj drives towards cover to get a single.
Tendulkar bowls a full delivery and Siddle drives through cover for a four. Yuvraj then sweeps one from Tendulkar for a four towards long-leg.
Ajmal continues. Siddle plays a reverse-sweep and gets a single. Ajmal then bowls one down the leg side and Yuvraj gets a single towards short fine-leg.
There are loud cheers around Lord’s as Sachin Tendulkar is coming on to bowl. Yuvraj flicks one towards fine-leg for a single. Tendulkar is bowling some leg spin. One goes in-between Siddle’s legs, but misses the stumps. Only three singles have come from the over.
Ajmal bowls a quick delivery short and wide outside off-stump. Siddle punches the ball through cover for his first four in the innings. Siddle then paddle sweeps one in front of the short fine-leg fielder and gets his second four.
Lee continues. He bowls a length delivery and Yuvraj pushes the ball towards mid-wicket and gets a single. Siddle hits a full delivery on the stumps towards long-on for a single.
Ajmal beats the outside edge off Peter Siddle’s bat and the ball race away for four byes.
Lee comes back into the attack. Collingwood plays a lofted drive to a full delivery over extra-cover and gets a four. Lee bowls one wide and Collingwood flashes hard and gets a thick edge. Rahul Dravid takes a brilliant catch at wide first slip. The partnership was worth 131 runs.
OUT! P Collingwood c Dravid b Lee 40(64)
The batting powerplay has been taken. Ajmal bowl s a short delivery and Yuvraj pulls the ball for a four on the leg side. Collingwood then flicks the last delivery for two runs towards long-leg.
Tait continues. He bowls one full and wide. Yuvraj opens the face of the bat and guides the ball towards third-man. Ajmal does well to restrict it to two runs. Tait then bowls a bouncer and Yuvraj top-edges a pull. Brian Lara at cover and Finch at short third-man run towards it expecting the other to catch the ball. In the end, no one goes for the catch and the ball falls safely at square-leg. Drinks have been called for.
Tendulkar says ‘enough is enough’ and brings Ajmal back. Collingwood slogs one towards deep mid-wicket but the substitute fielder drops an easy one. If the catch was taken, then Ajmal would have had five right now. Ajmal also gets one to bounce higher as Yuvraj edges it, but is lucky not to edge the ball. There is some debate whether he edge it, but Read did not collect it.
Tait bowls a good lengthdelivery. Yuvraj gets a thick inside edge and the ball races away towards wide fine-leg, but it is only two runs.
Vettori to bowl his 10th and final over. Yuvraj comes down the track, gets down on one knee and lofts one over deep mid-wicket for a six. He then takes a single down the ground. That is the 100-run partnership for Yuvraj and Colligwood.
Tait is back. He bowls one on the hips and Yuvraj whips it towards deep mid-wicket for two runs. Yuvraj then guides a wide delivery behind point, but the fielder dives and stops the ball brilliantly.
Vettori again. Collingwood and Yuvraj exchange a single each off the first four deliveries. Only two runs come from the over.
Lee bowls a back of a length delivery and Collingwood pushes the ball towards cover. There is a big mix-up but the throw is not good and Collingwood manages to get back to the batsman’s end. Lee bowls a slower bouncer and Yuvraj pulls effortlessly for a single towards deep mid-wicket. Collingwood gets a quick single off the last delivery towards mid-on.
Vettori continues. Yuvraj takes a single behind square on the leg side. Vettori then bowls a wide down the leg side to Collingwood. The ball races away for a four.
Finally Finch has been removed from the attack. Lee comes back to bowl. Those four overs from Finch cost 33 runs. Yuvraj flicks one off the pads towards deep backward square-leg for a single.
Vettori to bowl his seventh over. The batsmen exchange three singles in this over.
Finch bowls a full-toss and Yuvraj hits the ball over the bowler for a four. Yuvraj then whips one behind square on the leg side and gets a single. That is his half-century. The whole of Lord’s applauds his effort. That has come at a good pace, so, he clearly is in good nick.
Vettori bowls one straight and Yuvraj steps forward and slog sweeps the ball for a six over deep mid-wicket. He is finding his groove. Hope for the sake of this match, it continues. Yuvraj then guides one towards third-man and gets three runs.
Yuvraj comes down the track and takes the first ball from Finch on the full and clears the deep mid-wicket fence. That is the first six of the match. The next delivery is pulled for a four by Yuvraj towards the same region. Finally a good over for RoW. The batsmen have crossed the 50-run stand.
Vettori bowling in tandem with Finch. This partnership has been slowly building now. It has crossed the 40-run mark. After playing out five dot balls, Yuvraj takes a single off the last delivery.
Finch again. Collingwood takes one from outside off-stump and sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a single. It is a tight over as only two singles come from it.
Vettori continues. The first three deliveries result in three singles. The last three deliveries are all dot balls.
Aaron Finch has been brought into the attack. He is a left-arm spinner. Collingwood bends down and pushes a full delivery towards wide long-on for a four. The last delivery is down the leg side and Yuvraj thumps it for a four towards fine-leg.
Vettori bowls one short and on leg-stump line. Yuvraj pulls the ball behind square on the leg side for a single. Six runs come from the over, but no boundary.
Tait continues. He bowls four dot deliveries first up. Tait the drifts one on the pads and Collingwood guides the ball towards fine-leg for a four. Tait then digs one in short and Collingwood hooks the ball in the air towards deep backward square-leg. It is only a single.
Tendulkar shows some pity as Ajmal has been removed from the attack. Vettori comes back on. Only one run comes from the over as Colligwood takes a single towards deep square-leg.
Tait bowls a good length delivery and Yuvraj gets an inside edge towards fine-leg for a single. Tait bowls one at 83 mph. That is a good 10-15 mph down on his average speed in his heydays. He bowls one short and wide and Yuvraj cuts the ball through cover for a four.
Tendulkar means business as Ajmal continues. Releasing Ajmal in his prime against some who are either retired or not playing regularly for their national teams is completely unfair.
Tait continues. RoW don’t have much batsmen left after this pair. Tait bowls a good over as only two runs come from it.
Pietersen comes down the track and Ajmal bowls a doosra. He misses the ball and Read stumps KP. Well, this does not look very good for RoW. Shahid Afridi is the next batsman in. Ajmal bowls an off-spinner and Afridi plays across the line. Afridi is bowled by Ajmal. The spinner is playing spoilsport it seems. This is more of a T20 than a 50 over match. This does not look like an exhibition game.
OUT! K Pietersen st Read b Ajmal 10(13), Afridi b Ajmal 0(2)
The ‘Pie Chuckers’ are batting together. Tait has been brought back into the attack. Tait bowls one on the pads and Pietersen hits the ball through mid-wicket for his first four in the innings. Yuvraj gets off the mark with a single towards backward-point.
Ajmal continues. He bowls from round the wicket and pitches one around off-stump to Tamim. The ball straightens and hits the pads. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. This is not looking good for RoW. Yuvraj Singh is the next batsman.
OUT! T Iqbal lbw Ajmal 1(6)
Just as Pietersen comes into bat, left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori comes into bowl. Good captaincy from Tendulkar. Vettori seems like he is paying tribute to the great WG Grace.
Saeed Ajmal comes into the attack. Gilchrist comes down the track and goes for an expansive shot. Gilchrist misses and Chris Read stumps him out. Suddenly, RoW have both their openers. Kevin Pietersen walks out to bat at No 4. This should be very interesting. He gets off the mark with a single towards long-on.
OUT! Gilchrist st Read b Ajmal 29(21)
Lee has been kept on by Sachin Tendulkar. The first delivery is full and on the ads. Sehwag whips it through fine-leg for a four. Lee then bowls a good length delivery on off-stump. The ball comes in after pitching and Sehwag goes for the straight drive. He misses, but Lee does not and Sehwag is bowled.
OUT V Sehwag b B Lee 22(24)
Shaun Tait has been brought into the attack. He offers width and Gilchrist slashes over backward-point for a four. The next delivery is full and Gilchrist hits the ball down the ground for a four. Tait then bowls a short delivery and Gilchrist pulls over square-leg for another four. The next delivery is driven through cover for the fourth four in the over. That brings up the 50 for RoW. It is like Gilchrist and Sehwag are in their prime.
Lee comes back to bowl a good over. Only three runs came from the over.
Gul drifts one on the pads and Sehwag flicks the ball through square-leg for another four. Gul bowls a slower delivery and Sehwag tries to drive. He edges the ball past first slip for a four.
Lee continues. He bowls a low full-toss and Sehwag hits the ball through cover for his first four. That gets him off the mark. Lee bowls a back of a length delivery and Sehwag punches off the back-foot and gets a four down the ground.
Umar Gul will share the new ball with Lee. The first ball is on the pads and Gilchrist flicks the ball away for four towards fine-leg. Gul then bowls a slow and full delivery down the leg side and Gilchrist hits the ball towards deep square-leg for another four.
Brett Lee will open the bowling for the Marylebone Cricket Club. Adam Gilchrist and Virender Sehwag will open the batting for Rest of the World XI. Gilchrist gets off the mark on the first ball with two runs.
News coming in is that Shane Warne has won the toss and have elected to bat
It is a game that has been much awaited since its announcement. The Sachin Tendulkar-led Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will take on Shane Warne’s Rest of the World XI. This game is one of epic proportions. A plethora of legends will be on exhibition on this day to celebrate the bicentenary of the Mecca of Cricket. Of course, a lot of the talk is about Sachin Tendulkar and the Shane Warne contest. But, then Brian Lara will also face-off Muttiah Muralitharan. Rahul Dravid and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are also there and so is Adam Gilchrist. Phew! We can go on and on. Here is a link to our preview to the game.
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Squads (Playing XI):
Marylebone Cricket Club: Sachin Tendulkar (c), Rahul Dravid, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Aaron Finch, Brian Lara, Chris Read (wk), Brett Lee, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Shaun Tait, Daniel Vettori.
Rest of the World XI: Shane Warne (c), Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, Paul Collingwood, Tino Best, Yuvraj Singh, Muttiah Muralitharan, Peter Siddle, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Kevin Pietersen, Tamim Iqbal.