Date: March 17, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
India Legends face West Indies Legends in an enthralling first semi-final of the ongoing Road Safety World Series. The tournament, which earlier got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, is now just 3 games away to see the winner of the inaugural edition.
Talking about the road to the final, India Legends won five of their six games played in the league stage and ended at the second spot in the table. They finished with a net run rate of +1.733 with 20 points in their kitty. Openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have been the pillars for the side. While the ‘Multan ka Sultan’ has scored 169 runs across 5 innings, the ‘Master Blaster’ has hit 138. A change in their probable XI may happen only if Mohammad Kaif is fit to play again.
On the other hand, West Indies Legends, are the only team to enter the semi-finals by winning just 3 games. They started the tournament with a win but then lost two games on the trot to win the remaining two games and eventually qualify for the semifinal.
Taking the Windies Legends lightly would definitely not be a prudent choice for India as the side has already upset the England Legends in the virtual quarter-final on Tuesday. And it is worth noting that they are England Legends, against whom India tasted their only loss in the tournament. Dwayne Smith and Sulieman Benn are the best batsman and bowler respectively for the side.
Players to watch out for:
Matches: 5 | Runs: 169 | Avg: 56.33 | HS: 80*
Matches: 5 | Wickets: 8 | ER: 7.00 | Best: 4/19
Matches: 3 | Runs: 115 | Avg: 38.33 | HS: 58
Matches: 5 | Wickets: 8 | ER: 6.05 | Best: 3/17
Probable Playing XI
Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar (c), S Badrinath, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha (wk), Manpreet Gony, Vinay Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel
West Indies Legends:
William Perkins, Ridley Jacobs (wk), Dwayne Smith, Kirk Edwards, Brian Lara (c), Narsingh Deonarine, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Tino Best, Sulieman Benn, Dinanath Ramnarine, Ryan Austin