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'Showman' Bolt wows Bangalore crowd, but with cricket bat
PTI
Bangalore, September 02, 2014
First Published: 17:36 IST(2/9/2014)
Last Updated: 17:41 IST(3/9/2014)
Jamaican Olympic Champion sprinter Usain Bolt flexes his biceps while Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh looks on during a practice session prior to a four-over exhibition cricket match at Chinnaswamy Stadium between two teams led by the players in Bangalore on September 2, 2014. (AFP/Manjunath Kiran)

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt on Tuesday wowed his Indian fans in his trademark style in a brief exhibition cricket contest against Yuvraj Singh in his maiden trip to the country.

Bolt showcased his cricketing talent in front of an enthusiastic 6000-odd crowd who turned up at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to have a glimpse of the 'fastest man on earth' as his team beat Yuvraj-led side in seven-a-side cricket match.

Team Bolt clinched a thrilling last-ball victory over Team Yuvraj in the match which had four overs for each team.

Watch: How sprint king Bolt beat Yuvraj in cricket



The Jamaican, the first man to win six Olympic sprint gold medals, blasted his way to a 19-ball 45, studded with five sixes including three off Yuvraj, as his team chased down the 59-run target in the last ball off the match.

Though the crowd was small by the standard of a Bolt event, the spectators showed their enthusiasm as they cheered at every shot the showman from Jamaica made, though the contest was meant for entertainment and not for any cricketing ability.

Yuvraj though had his 'sweet revenge' as he 'defeated' Bolt in the 100 meter sprint on the track, which culminated the spectacular event which was played in an electrifying atmosphere.

Bolt, who holds both the world records of 100m and 200m, 'allowed' Yuvraj to win the race. As he went past the finishing line, Yuvraj celebrated the 'victory' in mobot-style which Bolt had done during 2012 London Olympics by imitating celebrated British long distance runner Mo Farah.

Team Bolt comprised his best friend Nugent Walker Junior and Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh among others while India's 2011 Cricket World Cup winning hero Yuvraj had pacer Zaheer Khan among others in his team for the face-off titled 'Bolt and Yuvi - Battle of the Legends'.


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