Twitter reactions: Yusuf Pathan blasts India Maharajas to thrilling win in Legends League Cricket 2022

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  • India Maharajas defeated Asia Lions in the first match of Legends League Cricket 2022.

  • Yusuf Pathan was named 'Player of the Match' for his brilliant batting.

Twitter reactions: Yusuf Pathan blasts India Maharajas to thrilling win in Legends League Cricket 2022
India Maharajas beat Asia Lions (Image Source: Twitter)

In the opening match of the Legends League Cricket 2022, India Maharajas crushed Asia Lions by six wickets in Muscat on Thursday.

Chasing 176 to win, the India Maharajas had a shaky start after losing the top three wickets early. Opener Stuart Binny was the first wicket to fall for the Maharajas, who was dismissed by legendary Shoaib Akhtar.

Soon, Subramaniam Badrinath was removed for a two-ball duck after he met a run-out. Umar Gul also joined the party as he sent back Naman Ojha to reduce Maharajas for 34/3 in 6.1 overs. But then, the Indians made a comeback as captain Mohammad Kaif, and power-striker Yusuf Pathan teamed up to take the game away from the Lions.

Yusuf took his fans down the memory lane after he took Lions’ bowlers to the cleaners, smashing a brilliant 80 from just 40 deliveries with the help of 14 boundaries, including five gigantic sixes. He and Kaif formed a dominating partnership of 117 runs for the fourth wicket before a mix-up between the two ended Yusuf’s incredible innings.

Kaif then stitched an unbeaten 28-run stand with Yusuf’s brother Irfan Pathan as the Maharajas chased down the target with five balls to spare.

Earlier, the Asia Lions posted 175/7 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to crucial knocks by Upul Tharanga and captain Misbah-ul-Haq. Tharanga top-scored with 66 off 46 balls, including seven fours and a couple of sixes, while Misbah made 44 from 30 deliveries.

Manpreet Gony and Irfan were the pick of the bowlers for the Maharajas. While Gony bagged a three-wicket haul for 45 in his quota of 4 overs, the younger Pathan took a couple of scalps while conceding 22 runs in 4 overs.

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