West Indies, India win in Legends World Cup
By VINODE MAMCHAN
West Indies and India both recorded wins on the opening day of the Legends World Cup at the Central Broward Regional Park on Monday.
The Indians playing in the opening match got the better of arch rivals Pakistan, while the West Indies defeated host the United States in the second game under scorching heat at the sprawling venue.
In opening action India won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat and it was a struggle from very early on. Skipper Ritesh Patel hit a good spot very early on and the left arm chinaman and googly bowler was difficult to handle. Pakistan could not build any momentum and their final score of 82/9 off 20 overs was always going to be sub-par. Only two batsmen got into doubles figures as Patel 1/17, Sanjay Pandya 2/14 and Lalta Persaud 2/14 proved too much on a slow track.
Opener Akbar Ali Rana was the topscorer for Pakistan getting 25, while late in the order Shezan Ahmed made 14 not out.
When India responded they lost two early wickets to seamer Almas Akram but responded well through the brilliant batting of Ketan Patel 41 not out. He faced 44 deliveries striking five fours and got good support from Rocky Singh who slapped 16 not out off 15 balls and Tilak Mitra 16 not out.