Bicentenary Celebration match

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Bicentenary Celebration match
  Marylebone Cricket Club Rest of the World XI
Date 5 July 2014
Captains Sachin Tendulkar Shane Warne
One Day International series
Results Marylebone Cricket Club won the 1-match series 1–0

The Bicentenary Celebration match was a 50-over exhibition cricket match to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the third Lord's Cricket Ground, London, between a side representing the MCC and a Rest of the World team, that took place on 5 July 2014.[1] Lord's is considered to be the "home of cricket" by international cricket officials.[2][3] The MCC team won the match by 7 wickets with Aaron Finch finishing with a score of 181*.[4][5]



Only Limited Overs Match[edit]

5 July 2014
293/7 (50 overs)
296/3 (45.5 overs)
Yuvraj Singh 132 (134)
Saeed Ajmal 4/45 (10 overs)
Aaron Finch 181* (145)
Paul Collingwood 2/25 (7 overs)
MCC won by 7 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: Ian Gould, Richard Kettleborough
  • Rest of the World XI won the toss and elected to bat


Shane Warne won the toss and elected to bat. Adam Gilchrist and Virender Sehwag gave the ROW a quick start. MCC's bowler and Pakistan spearhead Umar Gul also suffered a recurrence of his right knee injury which meant he only bowled two overs and then left the field. Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal was then introduced during powerplay and he struck immediately removing Gilchrist, Kevin Pietersen, Tamim Iqbal and Shahid Afridi. However, this was then followed by a 100+ stand between Yuvraj Singh and Paul Collingwood. Singh eventually scored a century as his late assault took the total to 293. Shane Warne suffered a broken hand from the bowling of Brett Lee.[6][7] Warne was replaced in the field by South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock.[8] MCC started well with both Sachin Tendulkar and Aaron Finch batting positively. Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan removed Tendulkar before Collingwood was able to dismiss Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid off consecutive deliveries. Finch along with Shivnarine Chanderpaul then took MCC home with Finch scoring 181 not out.


During commentary, former England cricketer Andrew Strauss described Kevin Pietersen as "a cunt" in what he believed to be an off-air conversation. While the comment did not go out on Sky Sports, it was broadcast to overseas viewers.[9][10] Strauss later said "I apologise unreservedly, particularly to Kevin Pietersen. I am mortified and profusely sorry."[11]


TV Broadcaster(s) Country Notes
Sky Sports 2 HD  United Kingdom Official Broadcasters of the match.
STAR Sports 4  India
 Sri Lanka
STAR Sports HD 2  India
STAR Sports 3  India
In Hindi language.
Fox Sports 1  Australia
 New Zealand
SuperSports 5  South Africa
Only highlights.


  1. ^ "MCC v Rest of the World – 5 July". Lord's. 5 July 2014. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Tendulkar, Warne captains in Lord's bicentenary match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar Savours Brian Lara Partnership in Lord's Bicentenary". NDTV. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Cricket – MCC vs RoW: Finch shines among stars in Lord's bicentenary". Deccan Chronicle. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Lord's bicentenary: Finch hits 181 in MCC win". Go Cricket. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Shane Warne's hand broken by Brett Lee in Lord's exhibition". BBC Sport. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  7. ^ "MCC v Rest of the World: Shane Warne suffers suspected broken hand after he is struck by former Australia team-mate Brett Lee during Lord's match". The Independent. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  8. ^ "MCC v RoW: Shane Warne suffers broken hand in Lord's celebration match". Sky Sports. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Strauss 'mortified' at Pietersen slur". ESPN Cricinfo. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Andrew Strauss 'mortified' and 'profusely sorry' after he calls Kevin Pietersen a 'c**t' live on air". The Independent. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Kevin Pietersen: Andrew Strauss apologises after offensive remark". BBC Sport. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.