In the opening match of the Legends League Cricket 2023 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, the clash between India Capitals and Bhilwara Kings lived up to the expectations of an exhilarating T20 encounter. Bhilwara Kings held their nerve and ended up bagging a thrilling win.
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Gautam Gambhir propels India Capitals to a massive total
The India Capitals posted a challenging total of 228/8 in their 20 overs. Gautam Gambhir‘s explosive innings of 63 runs off 35 balls, including 8 fours and 2 sixes, provided a solid foundation.
Kirk Edwards also played a vital role, contributing 59 runs off 31 deliveries with 5 fours and 4 sixes. Ben Dunk and Ashley Nurse made significant contributions, scoring 37 (16) and 34 (20) respectively. Anureet Singh starred with the ball for Bhilwara Kings, claiming 4 wickets for 29 runs in his 4 overs.
Irfan Pathan drives Bhilwara Kings over the finish line
In response, Bhilwara Kings displayed remarkable resilience, chasing down the target with just 4 balls to spare. Solomon Mire‘s explosive innings of 70 runs off 40 balls, including 9 fours and 3 sixes, set the tone for the Kings’ successful run chase. Irfan Pathan played a sensational knock, scoring 65 runs off just 19 balls, smashing 9 sixes. Despite a few wickets falling at regular intervals, Bhilwara Kings reached the target with contributions from Robin Bist (30 off 20) and Chris Barnwell (22 off 12).
The India Capitals bowlers struggled to contain the Kings’ batsmen, with Isuru Udana being the most successful, taking 3 wickets for 51 runs in his 4 overs. Rusty Theron also made an impact, claiming 2 wickets for 33 runs. In the end, Bhilwara Kings emerged victorious, winning by 3 wickets. The match showcased outstanding performances with both bat and ball, setting the tone for an exciting season of Legends League Cricket.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Their win marks the beginning of a fiercely competitive season.
— Legends League Cricket (@llct20) November 18, 2023
Hats off to my brother @IrfanPathan for an outstanding performance, leading the way with an unbeaten 65* to chase down 200+. Proud of you, brother! #LeadingByExample #LLCT20 🏏🔥 pic.twitter.com/2hJDhpM358
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) November 18, 2023
IRFAN PATHAN, THE HERO FOR BHILWARA KINGS….!!!!
– Captain Irfan smashed 65* runs from just 19 balls when the team was down & out while chasing 229 runs. He is leading the team by example in LLC. pic.twitter.com/wOzYkYyiSO
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 18, 2023
— Ashish K Singh (ABP News) (@AshishSinghLIVE) November 18, 2023
— 🇦🇫HIKMAT KHAN 🇦🇫 (@HikmatK81939960) November 18, 2023
— 𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙞𝙯𝙞♡ (@shaizitarar) November 18, 2023
— Avani ♡✨ (@avaniliciousss) November 18, 2023
Well Played @IrfanPathan 🔥
65 Runs in Just 19 balls 🔥 pic.twitter.com/iPfJUGtzx7
— 𝙰𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚛 ✨ (@AamirsABD) November 18, 2023
Legends Legaue😍 @IrfanPathan is truly a legend of sixes🤯🤯🤯 64runs off 19 balls 8sixes and 2 fours. Wapas ajao bhai..India ko zaroorat hai apne jaisa allrounder ko🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 #IrfanPathan #Worldcupfinal2023 pic.twitter.com/K6QojJ301P
— Pratik Singha (@Prateek_Singha) November 18, 2023
THE RISE OF PRINCE YAWAR
Irfan pathan the hero
— rAgArjun (@RaGaRjUn689) November 18, 2023
Captain Irfan Pathan is on fire here 🔥🔥🏏 Scored the fastest half-century by any player in the history of #LegendsLeagueCricket
— Saabir Zafar (@Saabir_Saabu01) November 18, 2023
— Ajitdeep (@CHAIHOLIC_) November 18, 2023
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