Legends League Cricket: World Giants beat Asia Lions by 7 wickets;

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Legends League Cricket: World Giants beat Asia Lions by 7 wickets;

Legends League Cricket: Kevin Pietersen blasted nine fours and seven sixes in his 38-ball 86 runs to guide World Giants to victory over Lions.

Earlier, World Giants won the toss and decided to bowl first but a tight bowling performance restricted Lions to 149 for 7 in 20 overs.

Asghar Afghan was the key performer for the Lions; he continued his excellent form in the tournament and played a superb inning of 41 runs in 26 balls, striking six fours and one six to take the team’s score to 149 runs.

Upul Tharanga (22) and Romesh Kaluwitharana (26) were the other two players who looked good but could not convert their score into a half-century. Captain Misbah Ul Haq struggled throughout the innings and just made 18 runs off 21 balls.

ASIA LIONS INNINGS (20 OVERS MAXIMUM)
BATTING R B 4s 6s SR
Tillakaratne Dilshan b M Morkel 17 15 3 0 113.33
Sanath Jayasuriya c Sammy b Sidebottom 3 9 0 0 33.33
Upul Tharanga lbw b O’Brien 22 14 3 1 157.14
Asghar Afghan lbw b Sidebottom 41 26 6 1 157.69
Misbah-ul-Haq (c) c Gibbs b Panesar 18 21 3 0 85.71
Romesh Kaluwitharana † retired hurt 26 23 3 0 113.04
Nuwan Kulasekara b M Morkel 1 2 0 0 50.00
Mohammad Rafique c Sammy b Lee 3 5 0 0 60.00
Chaminda Vaas not out 11 5 2 0 220.00
Muthiah Muralidaran not out 0 0 0 0
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 4) 7
TOTAL (20 Ov, RR: 7.45) 149/7
Did not bat: Dilhara Fernando
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3.5 ov), 2-23 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 4.1 ov), 3-66 (Upul Tharanga, 7.5 ov), 4-100 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 12.4 ov), 5-129 (Asghar Afghan, 16.5 ov), 6-130 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 17.1 ov), 7-135 (Mohammad Rafique, 18.5 ov), 7-144* (Romesh Kaluwitharana, retired hurt)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Brett Lee 4 0 27 1 6.75 1 0
Ryan Sidebottom 4 0 38 2 9.50 2 0
Morne Morkel 4 0 24 2 6.00 0 0
Albie Morkel 1 0 14 0 14.00 0 0
Kevin O’Brien 3 0 21 1 7.00 1 0
Monty Panesar 4 0 22 1 5.50 0 0
WORLD GIANTS INNINGS (TARGET: 150 RUNS FROM 20 OVERS)
BATTING R B 4s 6s SR
Kevin Pietersen c Kulasekara b Muralitharan 86 38 9 7 226.31
Herschelle Gibbs c Jayasuriya b Kulasekara 12 10 2 0 120.00
Kevin O’Brien not out 31 24 3 1 129.16
Corey Anderson st †Tharanga b Muralitharan 10 7 0 1 142.85
Brad Haddin † not out 4 1 1 0 400.00
Extras (b 4, lb 2, nb 2, w 1) 9
TOTAL (13 Ov, RR: 11.69) 152/3
Did not bat: Albie Morkel, Daren Sammy (c), Brett Lee, Morne Morkel, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Herschelle Gibbs, 3.1 ov), 2-128 (Kevin Pietersen, 10.4 ov), 3-148 (Corey Anderson, 12.5 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Chaminda Vaas 2 0 15 0 7.50 0 0
Nuwan Kulasekara 2 0 15 1 7.50 0 0
Mohammad Rafique 3 0 25 0 8.33 0 0
Sanath Jayasuriya 1 0 30 0 30.00 0 0
Dilhara Fernando 1 0 18 0 18.00 0 2
Muthiah Muralidaran 3 0 22 2 7.33 1 0
Asghar Afghan 1 0 21 0 21.00 0 0

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