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Legends League Cricket: Yusuf Pathan created a ruckus with the bat, retired player scored runs at a strike rate of 200

Cuttack: Harbhajan Singh-led Manipal Tigers kept their chances of going ahead in Legends League cricket alive by defeating Bhilwara Kings by 4 runs in a thrilling match played at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Monday. This is the Tigers’ first win in the tournament. Batting first, Tigers scored 175 for 8 wickets. In reply, the Kings team led by Irfan Pathan could only manage 172 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. Dilhara Fernando took four wickets for 31 runs for the Tigers. With this, the Tigers also equalized the loss in the previous match against the Kings. This is the second defeat for the Kings in four matches.

Mahipal Tigers scored 175 runs
Earlier, batting first after losing the toss, Manipal Tigers scored 175 for 8 in 20 overs. This includes Jesse Ryder’s 47, Tatenda Taibu’s 54, Corey Anderson’s 24 and Mohammad Kaif’s 32. Ryder and Taibu started off well with a partnership of 109 runs off 64 balls. Ryder was dismissed on the same total after hitting 6 fours and two sixes in 35 balls. Yusuf Pathan took his wicket. One run was also added to the total that Pathan made Taibu walk as well. Taibu faced 30 balls and hit five fours and four sixes.

Tino Best and Yusuf Ki Dhoom
After this, Jessal Karia gave the third blow to the Tigers by dismissing Pradeep Sahu (0). After this, however, Corey and Kaif shared a half-century partnership for the fourth wicket and put the team in a strong position. Corey was dismissed for a total of 168 and Kaif 170. In the meantime, the Tigers lost two more wickets for a total of 170. For Bhilwara Kings, Tino Best performed well as usual, taking three wickets while Yusuf got two successes. Fidel Edwards and Karia took a wicket each.

Bad start for the kings, then came the storm of Yusuf
In reply, the start of the Kings was not good. Kings lost the wicket of Morne Van Wyk (4) for a total of four runs. After this, William Porterfield (28) shared 43 runs for the second wicket with Matt Prior (17). Porterfield was dismissed in 23 balls with three fours and two sixes. Matt Prior also could not stay on the wicket for long. His wicket fell at a total of 55. After this, although Tanmay Srivastava (26 runs, 24 balls, 2 fours) took the score to 85 with Jessal Karia (14) but he also kept going. He was replaced by Yusuf (42 runs, 21 balls, 2 fours, 4 sixes).

Handled front with Irfan
By that time, the Kings needed 71 runs off 38 balls. Yusuf, however, did not get Tanmay’s support for long as he was dismissed for a total of 112. Now Yusuf took over with his younger brother and captain Irfan (23 runs, 14 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes). Both made quick runs to take the score to 140. Kings needed 36 runs off the last 18 balls.

After taking 19 runs off Ryan Sidebottom, Yusuf hit a six off the first ball of the 18th over being bowled by Dilhara. Then Irfan hit another six off the fourth ball. Now 23 runs were needed from 14 balls. However, he was caught on the fifth ball. Yusuf and Rajesh Bishnoi (7) scored 13 runs in the 19th over bowled by Parvinder Awana but Awana got Yusuf caught by Kaif on the final ball.

Kings needed 9 runs in the last over to win. Fernando got Bishnoi caught by Kaif on the very first ball. Now Tino Best and Tim Bresnan were on the wicket. Best took two runs off the third ball as an outside edge. Now 6 runs were needed from three balls. Fernando almost eliminated the possibility by bowling Best to ensure his team’s first win.

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