INM vs WOG, LLC 2: The India Maharajas kickstarted the LLC 2 on a high note by defeating World Giants by six wickets in a special match of Legends League Cricket on Friday. Riding on the back of Yusuf Pathan’s unbeaten 50 India Maharajas registered a stunning six-wicket win over World Giants at the Eden Gardens on Friday. Notably, the inauguration match between India Maharajas & World Giants was organized to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day. India Maharajas consists of former Indian players while World Giants comprises former foreign players.
Kevin O’Brien guided World Giants to a decent total
The match unfolded with World Giants batting first & posting a decent 170 runs total on board. Opener Kevin O’Brien provided Giants with a desirable start with his 52 runs 31 balls knock embellished with nine fours & one six. The other batters in the top order, Masakadza (18 off 15) & Kallis (12 off 14) couldn’t convert their starts into big scores. Thisara Perera showed some fightback in the middle-order by scoring 23 runs off 16 balls. However, lower order failed to hit the straps as none of them could post a two-digit total. Despite the fall of wickets, Ramdin was going strong at one end. He stayed unbeaten at 42 off 29 balls to help World Giants post 170 runs on board in the allotted 20 overs.
For India Maharajas, Pankaj Singh starred with the ball & managed to restrict the opponents to 170 run total. He registered a three-wicket maiden in the final over of the first innings, returning with figures of 5 for 26 in 4 overs.
Srivastava-Irfan laid the foundation of Maharajas glorious Triumph
In reply, India Maharajas didn’t get off to a blistering start as they lost their openers Sehwag (4) and Parthiv (18) early in the powerplay overs. However then came Tanmay Srivastava on the crease who stitched a crucial stand with Yusuf Pathan to help India Maharajs recover from an early jolt. The duo of Pathan & Srivastava smashed Giants bowlers all across the park & scored 103 runs for the four wickets. However, Kevin O’Brien struck in the 18th over to send Tanmay Srivastava back to the hut. He went back after playing a beautiful knock of 54 runs off 39 balls, including 8 fours and 1 six.
Irfan Pathan continued his onslaught with the bat & brought up his half-century in just 35 balls with five fours & Two sixes. He got valuable support from Irfan Pathan who played an unbeaten 9 ball 20 runs cameo, studded with consecutive sixes. Together, the duo guided India Maharajas over the line in 18.2 overs, helping them register a six wicket win in the LLC Special Match. For World Giants, Tim Bresnan starred with the ball by returning with figures of 3 for 21 runs.
INM vs WOG, LLC 2: Brief Score
World Giants 170-8 (Kevin O’Brien 52, Denesh Ramdin 42) vs India Maharajas 175-4 (Tanmay Srivastava 54, Yusuf Pathan 50*)