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Warne helps Warriors to All Stars win

15 November 2015

Sachin Tendulkar gave the fans a thrill

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Shane Warne hit the winning runs to complete a series triumph in the final Cricket All Stars game in Los Angeles

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Despite the smallest crowd of his US tour, Shane Warne has declared the Cricket All Star series a success and is set to return to America with his group of golden oldies for more games.

The three-game series began a week ago in New York, moved to Houston on Wednesday and ended at Los Angeles' iconic Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

"We're all going to be back here," Warne, who hit a six to seal a thrilling victory for his Warne's Warriors All Star team, said.

Shane Warne belted a six to give his Wariors a win in match three of the T20 All Stars series in Los Angeles, and securing a 3-0 sweep against Sachin's Blasters

The series pitted Warne's Warriors against former India captain Sachin Tendulkar's Blasters squad, with players coming out of retirement including Ricky Ponting, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose and Brian Lara.

Warne and Tendulkar came up with the idea of a golden oldies series as a way to take the game to regions like the US where cricket has a low profile.

After a crowd of 36,000 in New York and 27,000 in Houston, the official attendance in the 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium was 20,900.

Just like the first two games, the crowd in LA was largely expatriates from the India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, not the large contingent of curious Americans Warne and Tendulkar hoped.

Warne's Warriors appeared to be longshots to win when Tendulkar's Blasters scored 5-219 off their 20 overs.

Tendulkar took advantage of Dodger Stadium's short boundaries by smashing 56 runs off 27 balls, including six sixes.

His team may have lost all three All Stars T20 games to Shane Warne's Warriors, but Sachin Tendulkar saved his best for last with an LA half century

Warne's Warriors began in the worst way when English opener Matthew Vaughn was bowled by West Indies quick Ambrose with the first ball of their innings.

They recovered, with Ponting scoring 43 runs off 25 balls and Jaques Kallis belting 47 runs from 23 balls.

Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting was in scintilating form for Warne's Warriors as he helped steer them to a win in game three of the T20 All Stars series in LA

When Kallis fell with two runs needed from two balls, Warne strode to the wicket and claimed the victory with a six.

Warne received a mid-game visit when his former flame, English actress Elizabeth Hurley, appeared in the players' dugout with co-stars of her TV series The Royals.

Elizabeth Hurley joined the broadcaster for an interview on the side of the field as Shane Warne's Warriors went about defeating Sachin Tendulkar's Blasters