That's it from the opening game of Legends League Cricket 2023. Do join us tomorrow for WBBL in the morning before the big India Australia World Cup final in the afternoon from Ahmedabad. Stay tuned for all the cricketing actions from across the world in our network. For now, this is Ayan Chatterjee signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Saptak Sanyal alongside scorer/analyst AshokDayma. Stay safe, happy, and cool. Goodnight and CHEERS!
Irfan Pathan (Bhilwara Kings Captain and Legend of the Match): "It was a good game. We did not bowl well. Our bowling department has to get better. But the batting was great. Mire gave us the start. Yusuf Pathan was outstanding as he hit the first ball for the maximum. Then Barnwell hit against the spinners and then it was great. We can get better I feel. I think I enjoyed myself. Udana changing the ball changed the game as the ball came to the middle of the ball. The conditions are tough here. We thought 200 was par but we got good partnerships and glad to come on the winning side in the end. But we have to be better on the bowling side. Yes, looking forward to Ahmedabad tomorrow. Credit to BCCI for organising such a great World Cup and eliminating dew. Hope all goes well tomorrow and I will enjoy the festival tomorrow."
Gautam Gambhir(India Capitals Skipper)- "I felt that it was always a par score considering the wicket and the dimension. If you consider the opponent side, you can see there are lots of power hitters in the side like Solomon, Yusuf and Irfan, so 228 is always a par score. I would like to tell my boys that everything is alright. We have played 38 overs of good cricket and this things can happen in the T-20 format."
Legend of the Match- Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan's son is on the field and he has also enjoyed his father's brilliance in the field as it seems.
10:25 PM IST and Local Time: What a game we have had in Ranchi. Terrific performance from both sides and in the end, Irfan Pathan plays a blinder to help Bhilwara Kings chase it down with 4 balls to spare and 3 wickets in hand. The Capitals were good with the bat and ball initially, but lost the plot to the brilliance of Irfan Pathan.
Chasing a mammoth 229 for the win, the Kings lost Impact Player Lendl Simmons for 11. Solomon Mire set this run chase up with his brilliant 70 off 40balls. Robin Bist looked good for his 30 off 20 balls. Yusuf Pathan scored 16 off 6 balls. Christopher Barnwell also scored a breezy 22 off 12 balls. But it was the Irfan Pathan show as the skipper led from the front with his brilliant 65* off 19balls. He was unbeaten in the end and it is the fastest fifty in Legends LeagueCricket history. 7 extras given by the fielding side as the target was achieved in 19.2 overs.
Isuru Udana picked up 3 wickets for India Capitals while Rusty Theron picked up a couple of wickets as well. A wicket for Pravin Tambe as well. But they had no answer to the Irfan Pathan show today.
Earlier in the game, India Capitals were put into bat by Bhilwara Kings. They lost Hashim Amla early. Skipper Gautam Gambhir looked fluent and solid for his 63off 35 balls.Kirk Edwards looked good for his 59 off 31 balls. Ben Dunk scored a quick cameo of 37 runs off 16 balls. Ashley Nurse scored 34 off 20 balls towards the end. Rusty Theron finished things off in style with 13* off 3 balls as the Capitals ended with 228/8 in 20 overs. 12 extras were given by the fielding side.
Anureet Singh was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/29 in 4 overs. A couple of wickets for Rahul Sharma while Karia and skipper Irfan Pathan picked up a wicket apiece. All in all, a graveyard for the bowlers as the batters enjoyed themselves here.
So, a win for Bhilwara Kings over India Capitals by 3 wickets as the Kings get their first win over Capitals in LLC history. Stay tuned for the presentations.
19.2 A Nurse to I Pathan
1 What a win for the Bhilwara Kings! Nurse tosses the ball up at the middle stump. Pathan creates room and drives it through to the cover and takes the winning single. It was the Pathan brilliance that has powered the Kings to a crunch victory and they registered their first ever victory against the India Capitals in the Legends League Cricket!
Scores are level now.
19.1 A Nurse to I Pathan
4 Scores are all equal at the moment! Nurse bowls a full ball at the leg stump from round the wicket. Pathan tries to go inside out over covers but mistimes the shot towards cow corner along the ground. Power on that shot beats the long-on fielder to go to the boundary.
Just 5 needed off 6 balls and Irfan Pathan is on strike. Ashley Nurse is bowling the final over.
And he gets the maximum. Wow, what a shot from Abdulla. 26 off this over as Edwards has been taken to the cleaners.
18.6 F Edwards to I Abdulla
6 This time Abdull goes big and he clears the boundary too! Edwards tries to attempt a yorker at the off stump but ends up bowling a full toss. Abdulla just plants his bat at the line of the ball and the ball takes a huge elevation to go over and behind the keeper for a maximum. Fidel Edwards will surely want to forget the day!
This is a free hit for Abdulla. All he has to do is make sure Irfan is on strike for the final over. So, a 2, 4 or 6 is what he will want.
18.5 F Edwards to I Pathan
1 Finally a single to give relief to Edwards. He bowls a yorker angling at the middle stump from round the wicket. Pathan taps it to leg side for a single.
Fidel Edwards is clueless. He is talking to stand-in captain Hashim Amla as Gambhir is off the field. Irfan Pathan looks cool as a cucumber out there.
18.4 F Edwards to I Pathan
6 HAT-TRICK OF MAXIMUMS!! Pathan you beauty! Fidel Edwards bowls a fuller length ball at the fourth stump. Pathan comes on his front foot and uses the width to heave the ball over deep extra cover again. 12 needed from 8 and that is a cakewalk now!