Irfan Pathan Stars as India Legends beat Sri Lanka Legends

Driving on Irfan Pathan’s all-round effort, India Legends registered their second successive victory in as many matches within the ongoing Street Security World Collection, beating in opposition to Sri Lanka Legends by 5 wickets.

After selecting up all vital wicket of in-form Romesh Kaluwitharana, 37-year-old Pathan smashed an entertaining 31-ball 57 not out to assist India chase down Lanka’s 138 with eight balls to spare on the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai, on Tuesday night time.

The Indian Legends had a troublesome begin to their chase as they misplaced openers Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and two-drop Yuvraj Singh with simply 19 runs on the scoreboard.

It wanted a particular partnership for an India victory. Mohammad Kaif with Sanjay Bangar tried to carry the group again on monitor with a 43-run stand. Nevertheless, Lanka’s left-arm spinner Rangana Herath obtained the scalp of Bangar placing India in additional bother. Kaif, who seemed good within the center, too, returned after scoring 46.

India wanted a Pathan particular and the person from Vadodara delivered with quick-fire half century that included three sixes and 6 fours.

Pathan, together with Manpreet Singh Gony, modified the course of the sport hitting 26 runs within the 16th over bowled by Farveez Mahroof earlier than ending the match in Tillakratne Dilshan’s over.

Earlier, Munaf Patel confirmed why he was a significant cog within the Indian group line-up throughout his worldwide taking part in days. His accuracy with seam actions as soon as once more reaped main dividends when he scalped 4 for 19 for India Legends to limit Sri Lanka Legends for 138 for the lack of eight wickets in 20 overs.

Aside from Patel, all the opposite bowlers chipped in with a wicket apiece barring left-arm spinner Pragan Oha.

Put into bat by Tendulkar, the Lankans managed a good begin with openers Dilshan and Romesh Kaluwitharana placing on 46 runs for the primary wicket. The latter was as devastating as he was within the earlier recreation.

Pathan, who opened the bowling with Zaheer Khan, was on the receiving finish of Kaluwitharana’s wrath having being whacked for successive boundaries within the second over.

Nevertheless, Patel drew the primary blood by scalping Dilshan within the seventh over. As Kaluwitharana was going good, Pathan bounced again to dismiss him by trapping him LBW with a ravishing in-swing supply for 23.

Marvan Atapattu adopted him quickly after wicket-keeper Sameer Dighe took an excellent diving catch off Gony’s bowling. The Indian bowlers stored it tight at each ends and stored on taking wickets at common intervals. Barring Kaluwitharana and Chamara Kapugedara, not one of the visiting aspect batsman may rating past 20.


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