The World Giants got here out all weapons blazing as soon as once more because it beat the Asia Lions by 25 runs to clinch the inaugural Legends League Cricket event in Muscat on Saturday.
In a high-octane ultimate conflict, the Giants posted a file 256 for 5 on the board after being despatched in to bat by the Lions – courtesy a blistering 43-ball 94* from Corey Anderson.
The Lions obtained off to a tremendous begin with Nuwan Kulasekara dismissing opener Phil Mustard (7) and Kevin O’Brien (2) in successive overs throughout the Powerplay. Kevin Pietersen was quickly to observe after his rampaging cameo of 48 from 22 deliveries, lowering the Lions to 65 for 3 underneath seven overs. Nonetheless, Anderson’s counter-attacking strategy blunted the Lions bowlers who conceded 22 sixes within the innings.
Anderson’s fiery knock was complemented by the middle-order, with Brad Haddin (37) and Daren Sammy (38) firing on all cylinders to assist the Giants submit the best staff complete of the event.
In its reply, the Lions waltzed to the proper begin as former Sri Lanka openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya lifted their facet over 50 runs contained in the PowerPlay. Nonetheless, a few tight overs from Albie and Morne Morkel noticed the again of the pair.
The Lions stumbled additional as their in-form batters Upul Tharanga (25) and Asghar Afghan (24) didn’t flick the change after settling in. Whereas late blows from Mohammed Yousuf (39*) and the lower-order lifted the Lions over 200, the staff may hardly shudder the Giants who capped off their marketing campaign in fashion after one other flawless victory.
Temporary Scores: WGS 256 for five 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