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MCC beat Rest of World by 7 wickets

Finch slams hundred as Tendulkar-led MCC overhaul 294 runs target

Aaron Finch smashed an unbeaten 181 to power MCC beat the Rest of World in the Lord's bicentenary match by 7 wickets on Saturday.

Set 294 to win a one-day match marking the 200th anniversary of the 'home of cricket', MCC finished on 296 for three with 25 balls to spare against an equally star-studded Rest of the World team.

Finch’s 181 off just 145 balls was the backbone around which the MCC successfully chased down ROW's target of 294 with 25 balls to spare, putting on 107 runs with Tendulkar (44), 67 with Lara (23) and 122 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (37 off 47).

Tendulkar said it would not be long before Finch, who made a Twenty20 world-record 156 against England at Southampton last year, made his Test debut.

"It was a special innings, I was telling him 'it was a joy to watch you play'," Tendulkar said.

"I'm sure we’ll see him in the long form of the game as well."

Warne added: "He's a fantastic player. I'd love to see him in Australian colours in Test matches. That would be pretty fun."

It wasn't all smiles for Australians at Lord's however, with Warne suffering a broken hand as a result of a Brett Lee beamer, meaning he was not able to bowl.

Earlier, it was Yuvraj Singh and Saeed Ajmal who had stolen the spotlight from some of cricket's all-time greats.

Yuvraj scored a blistering 132 to rescue the ROW from an embarrassing score after Ajmal had torn their top order apart - ending Adam Gilchrist's entertaining 29-run cameo before snaring the scalps of Tamim Iqbal (1), Kevin Pietersen (10) and countryman Shahid Afridi (0), with all four wickets coming in just 15 balls at a cost of five runs.

At 5-68 there were fears the match was destined to fizzle and the capacity crowd would not get their money's worth.

But Yuvraj and Paul Collingwood (40 off 64) combined to add 131 from 150 balls for the sixth wicket, before Australian Test quick Peter Siddle (33) chimed in to add some respectability to the score.

However, one sadness for a capacity crowd was that Rest of the World captain Shane Warne was unable to bowl after his first ball batting saw the leg-spin legend suffer a broken right hand when he was struck by an accidental beamer from fast bowler Brett Lee.

The records of the players on display were incredible - led mostly by Tendulkar, Lara and Dravid, the 22 involved combined for 98,151 Test runs, while the two most prolific wicket-takers, Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (800), provided much of the 2,940 Test scalps.

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The Messies and Ronaldos of Team India

Indian cricketers reveal their footy side

The ripples of the football action in Brazil are being felt around the globe. And the Indian Cricket Team is not immune to it. In the midst of their preparation for the Test series in England, the Indian cricketers are keeping a keen eye on the football World Cup.

Besides following the performance of their favourite teams and players in Brazil, they have also been indulging in heavy footy action themselves. Before practice, after nets, between sessions in a warm-up match or after the day’s play, a game of football seems customary. And it gets pretty competitive out there.

We asked the whole squad to put on paper their favourite footballer, the team they support or supported in the World Cup and the position they take during team footy games.

Here’s what we got.

Name

Favourite Footballer

Team Supporting in WC

Your Position in Team Football games

MS Dhoni

Lionel Messi

Brazil

Every where

Shikhar Dhawan

Lionel Messi

Brazil

Front

Gautam Gambhir

Arjen Robben

Netherlands

Front

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cristiano Ronaldo

Brazil

Defender

Virat Kohli

Cristiano Ronaldo

Germany

Every where

Ajinkiya Rahane

Cristiano Ronaldo

Brazil

Every where

Rohit Sharma

Fernando Torres

Spain

Winger

R Ashwin

Varun Aaron

Belgium

Mid -Fielder

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Mid- Fielder

Ishwar Pandey

Lionel Messi

Argentina

Goal Keeper

Ishant Sharma

Neymar

Brazil

Defender

Stuart Binny

Lionel Messi &Varun

Argentina

Mid- Fielder

Varun Aaron

Zinedin Zidane

France

Mid- Fielder

Wriddhiman Saha

Lionel Messi

Italy

Mid- Fielder

Pankaj Singh

Zinedin Zidane

Argentina

Defender

Murali Vijay

Neymar

Germany

Striker

Ravindra Jadeja

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Mid- Fielder

Duncan Fletcher

Lionel Messi

Germany

Linesman

Joe Dawes

Walley Lewis

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Left out/orange peeler

Trevor Penney

Steven Gerrard

Holland

Attacking mid-fielder