Sachin’s Blasters and Warne’s Warriors squared off in the second Twenty20 match at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on Thursday, with the latter pulling off a dominant 57-run victory to clinch the three-match series 2-0. It was an even more lop-sided contest compared to the first match at the Citi Field in New York, with the Warriors setting a near-impossible 263-run target before the Blasters finished on 205 for 8, with most of the runs coming from the middle and lower order.
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The Blasters got off to a completely different start from the first game, with Virender Sehwag barely getting any runs before getting bowled for 16. Sachin Tendulkar tried to forge partnerships with Sourav Ganguly and Brian Lara, before departing for 33, seven more than his score in the previous game. The Blasters managed to cross the 200-run mark despite the brilliant bowling performances by the spin duo of Saqlain Mushtaq and Shane Warne, with Shaun Pollock leading the lower-order charge with a 22-ball 55. A six by Muttiah Muralitharan guided them to 205 for 8.