Legends League Cricket is currently underway in Oman. The tournament has three teams, namely World Giants, Asia Lions and India Maharajas. The tournament started on January 20 with a match between India Maharajas and Asia Lions. Although Maharajas did not have their star players Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, they won the match against Asia Lions.
In the second game, the Asia Lions recorded their first win of the tournament by defeating the World Giants. Now, the first round of the tri-series has culminated with the World Giants beating the India Maharajas. The Giants, led by Darren Sammy, won the toss and invited India Maharajas to bat first.
Former England pacer Ryan Sidebottom got the Giants off to a dream start as he dismissed Wasim Jaffer and Subramaniam Badrinath for ducks. Wicket-keeper batter Naman Ojha then destroyed the Giants bowling attack with a 69-ball 140*. Captain Mohammad Kaif supported him with a fine half-century.
India Maharajas set a 210-run target for World Giants. Although the Giants lost wickets at regular intervals, they were in the match till the end because of Kevin Pietersen’s fifty. Imran Tahir then hit the knockout punch with an unbelievable 19-ball 52* . He smashed three fours and five sixes in his innings.
Twitterati in shock after Imran Tahir scored fifty in Legends League
Imran Tahir never scored a fifty in his T20 career before playing Legends League. The South African player was known for his leg-spin only. Thus, fans were stunned to see him score a match-winning fifty. Here’s how fans on Twitter reacted to his half-century.
Imran Tahir smashed 52* from just 19 balls including 3 fours and 5 sixes in the Legends Cricket match to chase down 210 runs against India Maharajas.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 22, 2022
Csk Blood 😎— . (@Gavii_Szn) January 22, 2022
One of the most comical finishes I’ve seen in a long time. Imran Tahir wins a game out of nowhere with the bat scoring 52*(19) for World Giants. #LegendsLeagueCricket— Peeyush Sharma (@peeyushsharmaa) January 22, 2022
Unbelievable.. Imran Tahir has hit a 19 ball 50 to snatch victory from India.. seems like every South African under the sun has become superman against India.. and we were trolling KL Rahul when he said entire country is playing against India.. shame that we didn’t understand 😭 pic.twitter.com/51A15VxPrl— Param Jain (@pune109) January 22, 2022