Warriors complete whitewash over Blasters


Shane Warne's Warriors beat Sachin Tendulkar's Blasters by four wickets in the final game at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to complete a three-nil whitewash in the Cricket All Stars series in the USA.

Chasing a target of 220 in 20 overs, the Warriors lost Michael Vaughan with the first ball of the innings when he was bowled by Curly Ambrose.

However they recovered sufficiently as steady contributions from Andrew Symonds (31), Kumar Sangakkara (43), Ricky Ponting (43*) and Jacques Kallis (47) ensured a clean sweep of the series.

The Blasters were kept in the game by superb spell of spin bowling from Graeme Swann, fours overs two for 21, but Warriors captain Warne smashed a six of the penultimate delivery of the match to win the game for his team.

The Blasters reached 219 for five in their 20 overs batting first, with Tendulkar (56) and Sourav Ganguly (50) scoring fifties while there were good contributions from Mahela Jayawardene (41) and Carl Hooper (33*).

Former New Zealand captain Dan Vettori took three for 33 for the Warriors with his left-arm spin while Courtney Walsh and Symonds took a wicket apiece.

The Warriors won the first game, in New York, by six wickets and also beat their opponents by 57 runs in the second match in Houston as they tried to break new ground and bring top-class cricket to America.