Brian Lara will lead the Rest of the World XI © Getty Images (File photo)
Brian Lara will lead the Rest of the World XI © Getty Images (File photo)

Oct 6, 2014

 


 

 

It’s all over. Rest of World XI pull of an exciting 5 run victory over Asia XI. It came fairly close in the end but World XI bowlers did the job in the end.  Brian Lara’s team stands out victorious.

 


 

31 required off 15 balls. It is going down to the wire. Can Asia XI pull out a exciting win here? World XI bowlers will have to bowl two tight overs here.

 


 

Asia XI need 45 runs from 29 balls. The match is getting tight. A few lusty blows from Asia XI batsmen and the match is over. Crucial five overs coming up.


 

 162 runs needed for the Asia XI team led by Sanath Jayasuriya to clinch this game.


 

 

 


 

Rest of the World XI have made 161 runs after losing six wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.  Asia XI have a tough road ahead. They will need to come out and show some form.

 


 

 

Brina Lara and Brendon Taylor will open the innings for the Rest of World XI. An exciting match ahead.

 


 

 

 


 

 

Rest of World XI captain Brian Lara wins the toss and elects to bat first.


 

 

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the Rest of the World XI versus Asia XI at the West End Park Stadium in Doha. This is Varun Arora and I will be bringing you the updates from the match.

While Brian Lara, the West Indies legendary batsman will be leading the World XI, former Sri Lankan batting star Sanath Jayasuriya will be captaining the Asian XI.

According to the Gulf Times, the exhibition game is organised by West End Park in a partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The report added that the match is being held to extract the people living in Doha who hail from the Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Australia, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe and even the Netherlands.

The match includes star players such as former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs, Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, Damien Martyn, Rashid Latif and also current Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal.

West End Park Chairman, Mana Ibrahim al-Mana says, “The Eid Cricket Festival will be the first time such an array of international talent has come to Qatar, I’m excited to see players of the calibre of Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya in the flesh and I know the public will be equally pleased. The World XI vs Asia XI T20 match is being held during the Eid Holidays to help maximise the crowd attendance, I know both the teams are excited to witness the fantastic support here in Qatar. I urge every cricket fan to purchase a ticket to share in a cricket celebration and to showcase the country’s popularity of cricket to the world.”

Squads:

World XI: Brian Lara (West Indies), Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe), Ryan Ten Doeschate (Netherlands), Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa), Riki Wessels (Australia), Damien Martyn (Australia), Corey Collymore (West Indies), Samuel Badree (West Indies), Saj Mahmood (England), Owais Shah (England).

Asia XI: Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), Aakash Chopra (India), Angelo Perera (Sri Lanka), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Imran Nazir (Pakistan), Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka), Chamara Kapugedera (Sri Lanka), Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan), Rashid Latif (Pakistan)