Date: 15 September 2022
Time : 07:30 PM IST
Venue : Green Park Stadium, Kanpur
Ball-by-ball commentary : SportsTiger App
England Legends faced a crushing defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka Legends in their first game of the season. The Ian Bell-led team were bundled out for a mere 79 as Sanath Jayasuriya bowled a dream spell. Meanwhile, South Africa Legends got back to winning ways after losing to India Legends in their opening fixture and emerged victorious against New Zealand Legends in a low-scoring match. Now, the two teams will lock horns on Thursday to see who enjoys the challenge of playing on a new pitch.
The Holkar Stadium pitch is generally a belter of a wicket. The short boundaries only add to the woes of the bowlers. So, a high-scoring game will be on the cards when the two teams will meet each other on 15 September.
England Legends had a forgettable outing against Sri Lanka Legends. The Ian Bell-led side looked clueless against the turning deliveries of Sanath Jayasuriya who claimed a four-fer. Captain Ian Bell was the highest scorer for his team with his 15 off 24 balls. Apart from Bell, only three more batters scored in double digits. The bowling was not that good either from England Legends. Barring, Stephen Parry, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Chris Tremlett, every bowler conceded more than 6 runs per over in such a low-scoring game. Now, as England ready themselves to take on a better-placed South Africa, they will look to make necessary amends.
SportsTiger Playing XI of England Legends
Phil Mustard (wk), Ian Bell, Mal Loye, Darren Mandy, Tim Ambrose, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Rikki Clarke, Chris Schofield, Chris Tremlett, Stephen Parry, Stuart Meaker
South Africa Legends
South Africa Legends don’t need to make many amends as they put on two good performances in the two games they played. Although they lost against India Legends in their opening fixture, SA-L did stay in the hunt for a significant time. In the second game, they blew away New Zealand Legends as Johan Botha took four wickets. He will once again be the go-to man for his captain. Batters have also done a fair job for South Africa Legends. Andrew Puttick put on a show in the small chase as he scored 51* runs off 36 balls. Alviro Petersen also chipped in with a handy 29* to help his team cross the line. A similar sort of performance will be expected from South Africa Legends when they meet England Legends on Thursday.
SportsTiger Playing XI of South Africa Legends
Morne van Wyk, Andre Puttick, Alviro Petersen, Jacques Rudolph, Jonty Rhodes (c), Henry Davids, Johan van der Wath, Eddie Leie, Garnett Kruger, Johan Botha, Thandi Tshabalala
South Africa Legends have shown great teamwork so far in the tournament and they have in-form players as well. Therefore, SA-L will be the favourite to win Thursday (15 September) clash.
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