Muscat: Former South African spinner Imran Tahir gave a thrilling victory to the World Legends team against India Maharajas on Saturday with a scintillating half-century in the Legends League cricket match being played in Muscat, the capital of Oman.
World Legends team achieved the target of 210 runs for the win by losing 7 wickets in 19.3 overs. Imran Tahir’s fiery half-century overshadowed Naman Ojha’s century.
Tahir played an innings of 52* runs off 19 balls.
Imran Tahir played a blistering innings of 52 runs in 19 balls. During this he also hit 3 fours and 5 sixes. He shared a 50-run partnership with Ryan Side bottom for the eighth wicket to give his team a thrilling victory. World Legends team lost 7 wickets on the score of 160. At that time Imran Tahir was holding one end. In such a situation, Ryan Side bottom supported Tahir from the other end and he remained unbeaten on 8 runs in 6 balls and gave his team a thrilling victory.
12 runs were needed in the last over, won by hitting 2 sixes in 3 balls
World Legends team had to score 12 runs in the last over to win. In such a situation, Imran Tahir hit two sixes in three balls of Venugopal Rai and ended the match with 3 balls and 3 wickets to spare. In 17 overs, the World Legends team scored 162 runs for 7 wickets. Tahir was playing on 13 (8) and sidebottom 1 (2).
In such a situation, Tahir attacked Manpreet Goni in the 18th over and got his team back in the match by hitting three sixes in the over. Goni conceded 23 runs in this over. A confident Tahir and sidebottom then took 13 runs against Munaf Patel in the 19th over. In this over, both hit a four each. 12 runs were needed to win in the last over. Which was achieved by Imran Tahir in a bang style.
Kevin Pietersen scored 53 runs in 27 balls for World Legends. Brad Hayden scored 21 runs in 13 balls. At the same time, captain Dares Sammy scored 28 runs in 11 balls. Munaf Patel, Stuart Binny took 2-2 wickets and Goni-Rao and Badani took 1-1 wickets to put World Legends in trouble. But Tahir turned the match over with the bat and snatched the victory from the jaws of India Maharajas.
Ojha scored 69 balls 140 runs
Earlier, batting first after losing the toss, Naman Ojha played a blistering innings of 140 runs against the World Giants for India Maharajas. He completed his century in 57 balls and in the end remained unbeaten on 140 off 69 balls. During this innings, he hit 15 fours and 9 sixes. Thanks to his fiery innings, India Maharajas’ team could reach the score of 209 for 3 in 20 overs after losing two wickets for 15. Captain Mohammad Kaif supported him.
Kaif played an innings of 53 runs in 47 balls.
Kaif remained unbeaten on 53 off 47 balls. From the other end he supported the exorcist. He hit 1 four and 3 sixes. Ojha and Kaif shared a 187-run partnership for the third wicket. Ojha returned to the pavilion on the fourth ball of the 20th over. In the end, Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 1 ball 8. Wasim Jaffer and S Badrinath went back to the pavilion as a victim of Ryan sidebottom in the second over of the innings without opening their account.