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Big-hitting Bolt delights India

Published:Wednesday | September 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Usain Bolt celebrates after hitting winning runs. - AP
Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh (right) jokingly pushes Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to win the 100m friendly race in Bangalore, India yesterday. - AP

A showman on the track, Jamaican sprinting star Usain Bolt yesterday brought his flair to the cricket pitch, wooing Indian fans with a powerful match-winning effort - almost as impressive as his larger-than-life image.

Bolt came out on top in a cricketing showcase that pitted the six-time Olympic gold medallist against Indian cricketing star Yuvraj Singh as sponsor Puma brought two of its biggest names together in a light-hearted seven-a-side exhibition event in front of 6,000 excited fans at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

In a match that featured four overs per team, Team Bolt clinched a thrilling last-ball victory over Team Yuvraj - even if the cricketer walked away with his head high after 'winning' a 100m foot race.

over the boundary

Bolt slugged his way to a boundary-laden 19-ball 45, lifting Singh over the boundary for three of his five sixes, leading his team in their chase of the 59-run target.

The sprinting superstar was not alone, with his long-time friend, executive manager and former opening partner in primary school, Nugent Walker Jr, showing his worth, sticking around and helping himself to 14 runs off six balls with three fours to his credit, as Team Bolt ended on 61 without loss in their allotted overs.

Earlier, Singh scored 24 off 14 balls, smashing one six and three fours.

The match came down to the wire with Team Bolt needing 10 runs to win from two balls. The world 100 and 200m record holder smashed bit-part spinner Aditya Tare for a six straight with a further four runs needed on the final ball.

Bolt missed the next ball completely despite an enormous swing, but as Singh and his teammates started to celebrate, a no-ball was called. Bolt then smashed the subsequent delivery out of the park to give his team the victory.

Billed as 'Bolt and Yuvi: Battle of the Legends', the promotional event also saw Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh featuring for Team Bolt, with Zaheer Khan among the names playing to the instruction of 2011 Cricket World Cup winning hero Singh.