Oh My God! If you did not see Match 1 of Legends League Cricket, then you surely missed on a brilliant T20 game, some superb bowling, explosive batting and more importantly – Lots of Notsalgia! Yes, this is what the match on Thursday was all about as the fans were treated to a thriller. As it turned out, the Pathan brothers stole the show.
In the first innings, it was Irfan Pathan who rolled back the years with his superb bowling as he dismissed Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Yousuf in his first over of the match. On an evening when everyone went for lot of runs, Irfan ended his spell with figures of 4-0-22-2.
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During the run-chase, India Maharajas completely lost their way at top with score reading 34/3 in 6.1 overs, with Shoaib Akhtar bowling superbly inside the powerplay. The match looked almost done and dusted and this is when Yusuf Pathan walked out to bat who completely turned the game on its head.
The 39-year-old showed no nerves and just like the old times, he went berserk from the first ball and played some fearless cricket in the middle. His aggressive knock really reaped huge benefits for his side as India Maharajas paved their way back into the contest in matter of few minutes.
Yusuf Pathan smashed 9 fours and 5 sixes and batted at a phenomenal strike-rate of 200. He scored 80 runs off only 40 deliveries and notched up a partnership of 117 runs with Kaif, setting up the perfect platform for his side’s victory. The right-handed batsman was eventually run-out in a disappointing fashion, but the damage was done until then.
Watch partnership between Kaif & Yusuf:
With Irfan Pathan (21* off 10) playing a crucial cameo, it was eventually Mohammad Kaif (42* off 37) who completed the job leading from the front, taking his side over the line.