India Maharajas squared off with Asia Lions within the eliminator of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) 2023 on the West Finish Park Worldwide Cricket Stadium in Doha on Saturday (March 18) and misplaced the competition by large 85 runs.
Successful the toss and selecting to bat first, Asia Lions obtained off to a flying begin and scored 191/5 of their allotted 20 overs. Upul Tharanga top-scored for his workforce and smashed an excellent 50 off 31 balls comprising seven fours and one six. Mohammad Hafeez (38) and Asghar Afghan (34) additionally added essential runs to the Lions’ complete.
In the meantime, Stuart Binny and Pragyan Ojha picked up two wickets every for India. Among the many two wickets that Ojha picked additionally included the dismissal of Tharanga, who was brilliantly caught by Mohammad Kaif contained in the third-yard circle.
On the fifth ball of the ninth over, Ojha delivered a brief supply to Tharanga, which the latter tried to hit for a boundary over the leg aspect. However Kaif diving in the direction of his proper, pulled off a one-handed stunner to ship the half-centurion again to the pavilion and celebrated the left-hander’s departure in fashion with different teammates.
Right here’s the video:
All of your 10 workforce mates on subject operating to hug you – it will possibly solely occur due to your fielding. That is the final word acknowledgment of your dedication, the second for which you play the sport. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/GdQL0B1xUe
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 19, 2023
Kaif completed with three catches within the match. Other than Tharanga, the veteran India cricketer additionally caught Thisara Perera and Hafeez.
Speaking about India’s innings, the Indian aspect didn’t chase the set goal as they had been bundled out by the Asian workforce for 106 in 16.4 overs. Gautam Gambhir scored a convincing 32 runs however didn’t sail his workforce by, and India ultimately failed to succeed in the League’s summit conflict. However, Hafeez and Sohail Tanvir scalped two wickets every for Asia. Tharanga was adjudged ‘Participant of the Match’ for his distinctive batting efficiency.
Shahid Afridi-led Asia Lions will now face World Giants on the similar venue on Monday (March 20) for the championship.