Monday, July 6, 2009

Sohail Tanvir does it for Shane Warne

There must be something about Shane Warne that Sohail Tanvir always brings out the best for him.

He did it during the 2008 IPL campaign, ending the competition as the league's leading wicket taker.

And he did it again for the Rajasthan Royals in today's T20 match against Middlesex Panthers.

The 2008 IPL and County T20 champions met today at Lord's in a game played for the British Asian Trust, one of the Prince of Wales' charities.

Batting first, the Royals posted a winning total of 162 that included an Asnodkar and Kaif consolidation play and a late burst from Mascarenhas.

Even Justin Langer turned out for Warne's team but he couldn't get going with the bat.

In response the Panthers were bowled out for only 116 with Tanvir picking up 3-20 in his 4 overs.

He got the crucial wickets of opener Godleman, Eoin Morgan, and Tyron Henderson, who had appeared for the Royals in this year's IPL.

Tanvir's lack of form for Pakistan did not hurt their chances in the World T20, but it would have been good to see him performing for his country.

Like he does for his IPL franchise.

So what is it about Warne that brings about the best in Tanvir?

Maybe Younis Khan needs to take some tips on what makes Tanvir tick.

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