The current Indian cricketers may have been facing defeats in South Africa as they have lost the first two matches of 3-match ODI series but the former Indian cricketers are putting up a great show in the inaugural edition of the Legends League Cricket (LLC). In the first match played at Al Amerat between Indian Maharajas and Asia Lions, the former emerged as winners after former Indian cricketers Yusuf Pathan and Mohammad Kaif batted superbly and helped their team in chasing the target of 176.
Indian Maharajas which is being led by Mohammad Kaif won the toss and chose to bowl first. Batting first, Asia Lions put up a total of 175/7 on the scoreboard in their stipulated 20 overs with the help of useful knocks played by Upul Tharanga (66) and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (44). For Indian Maharajas, Manpreet Gony took 3 wickets, Irfan Pathan took 2 wickets and 1-1 wicket each was taken by Munaf Patel and Stuart Binny.
Indian Maharajas didn’t have a good start as there was a time when they were struggling at the score of 34/3 but the skipper Mohammad Kaif played a rock steady innings of 42 runs not out and he was well supported by Yusuf Pathan whose innings was the highlight of the match. Yusuf Pathan played a destructive innings of 80 runs for which he played 40 deliveries and his inning included 9 fours and 5 sixes. Irfan Pathan also chipped in with a quick knock of 21 runs for which he played only 10 deliveries. Indian Maharajas scored 179/4 with 5 balls remaining in their innings and won the match by 6 wickets.
After winning the match, Mohammad Kaif took to the micro-blogging site Twitter and posted a photo of himself with Yusuf Pathan. Kaif gives a shout out to the IPL teams, telling them that they are ready for the IPL 2022 auction and the offer of getting one free for another is also on.
Here is what Mohammad Kaif tweeted, “IPL teams we are ready. DM before auction. Ek pe ek free wala option bhi hai…”
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 21, 2022
Soon the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders responded with a meme with caption, “Offer toh zabardast hai”.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 21, 2022
Yusuf Pathan has been adjudged as the Player of the Match for his beautiful innings and now both the teams will face each other again on January 24.