The Daren Sammy – led World Giants clinched their 25 run victory over the Asian Lions in the final of the Legends League, an extension of last year’s Road Safety World Series Legends.
It’s been a sensational outing for the World Giants who maintained their control over the Lions from ball one. A couple of early jitters were shrugged away as the lower-order comprising Corey Anderson, Daren Sammy and Brad Haddin came to the party – leading the side to a whopping 256 for five in 20 overs. While the Lions set out for a fairly decent start, wickets at regular intervals derailed the chase by the half-way mark.
The Lions won the toss and elected to bowl first. The World Giants finished the innings with 256 runs for the loss of five wickets.
Kevin Pietersen hit five sixes and two fours in his 22-ball 48. Corey Anderson scored 94 not out, His 43-ball innings included eight sixes and seven fours.
Nuwan Kulasekara took 3 wickets while Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas took one wicket each.
In reply the Asian team had to end the 20 overs with only 231 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya put on 57 runs (5.3 ov) for the opening wicket. Dilshan was dismissed for 25 (16). Jayasuriya scored 38 (23) runs. A six and five fours colored his innings. However, a couple of tight overs from Albie and Morne Morkel saw the back of the pair.
The Lions stumbled further as their in-form batters Upul Tharanga (25) and Asghar Afghan (24) failed to flick the switch after settling in. While late blows from Mohammed Yousuf (39*) and the lower-order lifted the Lions over 200, the team could hardly shudder the Giants who capped off their campaign in style after another flawless victory. In bowling, Albie Morkel took 3 wickets and Monty Panesa took 2 wickets.
Brief Scores: WGS 256 for 5 in 20 overs (Anderson 94*, Pietersen 48; Kulasekara 3/45) beat ALN 231 for 8 in 20 overs (Yousuf 39*, Jayasuriya 38; A Morkel 3/38) by 25 runs
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