Road Safety World Series: Suresh Raina, Jonty Rhodes involved in on-field altercation, here's what happened

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, September 11, 2022, 04:08 PM IST
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Former India batsman and ex-South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes were involved in an on-field verbal exchange during the first match of the Road Safety World Series in Kanpur on Saturday.

The incident occurred when Rhodes came to bat. Raina, who was on the field, walked to the SA batsman and appeared to sledge leading to Rhodes giving it back.

After the match, Rhodes revealed what exactly happened between them.

"Suresh Raina was just having banter with me. We are friends for a very long time. He was jokingly saying that he will take my wicket. It was just banter," Rhodes said after his team South Africa Legends were handed a 61-run defeat by India Legends.

Coming to the match, The Sachin Tendulkar-led opened their campaign with a win.

India Legends, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, got off to a great start with the master blaster, Sachin rolled back years and showed why he is the 'God of cricket' with some brilliant cricketing shots. However, his innings were short lived as he fell to Makhaya Ntini at 16 runs off 15 balls.

He was replaced by Raina, who showcased his class scoring 33 runs in 22 balls.

But the star of the day for India was Stuart Binny, who played a blinder of an innings scoring 82 runs off just 42 balls. He was well supported by Yusuf Pathan who smashed a quickfire 35 runs off 15 balls.

Having set a massive target of 217/4 in their 20 years, the Jonty Rhodes-led South Africa Legends started their innings strongly with both their openers Andrew Puttick and Morne van Wyk playing steadily and carefully.

Rahul Sharma then provided the first breakthrough with Morne van Wyk's wicket and post that no one could manage to build a partnership with captain Rhodes, who stood not out at 38 at the end of the innings.

The India Legends restricted South Africa Legends for 156/9 in 20 overs. Rahul Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets and gave only 17 runs in his 4 overs. Munaf Patel and Pragyan Ojha both ended with 2 wickets each.

India legends won the game convincingly and Binny was declared player of the match.

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