London, July 5: Australia's Aaron Finch blasted a 145-ball 181 not out to power Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to an easy seven-wicket victory over Rest of the World in Lord's Cricket Ground's bicentenary celebration one-day match here today.
Right-handed opening batsman Finch produced a masterclass amidst the legends to give the Sachin Tendulkar-led team victory in the 46th over.
Chasing 294, MCC reached the target in 45.5 overs, losing three wickets. Finch finished the game with a six off Yuvraj Singh, the other centurion in the match. Finch, the only player in this game having not played Test cricket, hit 23 boundaries and 6 sixes.
Captain Tendulkar played some good shots in his 44 and was involved in a 107-run stand with Finch for the first wicket. This set the platform for the run-chase.
Brian Lara scored 23 while Rahul Dravid disappointed with a first-ball duck. Shivnarine Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 37.
Yuvraj hits ton as ROW post 293/7
Yuvraj's 134-ball 132 (8x4, 6x6) helped ROW post 293/7 in 50 overs. Pakistan's offspinner Saeed Ajmal had bowled an exceptional first three overs, taking four wickets for just five runs. His magic threatened to make it a one-sided contest but Yuvraj rescued ROW. Ajmal finished his 10-over quota with 4/45.
Yuvraj was at his best, punishing the spinners. He reached his hundred off 115 balls. The left-hander got there with a boundary of MCC captain Tendulkar, in the 45th over. The full house at Lord's applauded Yuvraj's century.
Yuvraj and Paul Collingwood (40) resurrected the innings with a 131-run partnership for the sixth wicket off 25 overs. The left-hander was dismissed in the 49th over, caught by substitute Jordan Price off Tendulkar.
Umar Gul could bowl only two overs in the match and he was off the ground due to a knee injury. Tendulkar and Aaron Finch completed his quota. Tendulkar took 1/33 in 4 overs while Finch was 0/33 in 4.
There was bad news at the end of the innings for fans as Warne was hit by a beamer from Lee and was ruled out of the remainder of the match with a suspected broken hand.
Sad news, X ray shows a broken hand !!! Very disappointing not to be out there playing. Thankyou for all your kind messages....
Sad news, X ray shows a broken hand !!! Very disappointing not to be out there playing. Thankyou for all your kind messages....— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) July 5, 2014
Earlier, ROW captain Shane Warne won the toss and chose to bat. Adam Gilchrist and Virender Sehwag opened the batting while Brett Lee bowled the first over of the match.
Gilchrist looked good for a 21-ball 29 before being stumped by Chris Read off Ajmal. Sehwag fell to Lee for 22 while Ajmal added the wickets of Tamim Iqbal (unlucky to be given out LBW for 1), Kevin Pietersen (10) and Shahid Afridi (0).
ROW were reeling at 68/5 in 12 overs after a good start of 54/0. Then started the repair work by Yuvraj and Collingwood.
Rest of the World 293/7 in 50 overs (Yuvraj Singh 132, Paul Collingwood 40, Peter Siddle 33 not out, Adam Gilchrist 29, Virender Sehwag 22, Saeed Ajmal 4/45, Brett Lee 2/55, Sachin Tendulkar 1/33) lost to Marylebone Cricket Club 296/3 in 45.5 overs (Aaron Finch 181 not out, Sachin Tendulkar 44, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 37 not out, Brian Lara 23, Paul Collingwood 2/25, Muttaiah Muralitharan 1/55)