Tribune News Network
Shahid Afridi-led Asia Lions displayed an all-round performance to trounce Gautam Ghambir’s India Maharajas by 85 runs and set up Monday’s Legends League title clash against World Giants.
From winning the toss, everything went in favour of Afridi’s side in the Eliminator on Saturday as Sri Lankan pair of Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan combined for an 83-run opening wicket partnership to set platform for a big total at the Asian Town International Stadium.
Tharanga played a valuable knock of 50 from 31 balls, hitting seven boundaries and a six in the process. Owing to his fine innings, the Lions amassed a total of 191-5 after electing to bat first.
Dilshan (27 off 26), Mohammed Hafeez (38 off 24), Asghar Afghan (34 off 24) and Thisara Perera (24 off 12) also made useful contribution.
The Lions were equally impressive in defending their total, bowling out Maharajas for only 106 in 16.4 overs.
Hafeez (2/21) Abdur Razzak (2/27) and Sohail Tanvir (2/25) were the main performing bowlers for the Lions. Apart from captain Ghambir, who struck 32 from 17 balls, no other Maharajas batsmen managed to pose threat for the Lions.
Scores: Asia Lions 191 for 5 in 20 overs (Upul Tharanga 50, Tillakaratne Dilshan 27, Mohammad Hafeez 38, Asghar Afghan 34n.o, Thisara Perera 24, Stuart Binny 2 for 38, Pragyan Ojha 2 for 26) bt India Maharajas 106 in 16.4 overs (Gautam Gambhir 32, Sohail Tanvir 2 for 25, Abdur Razzak 2 for 27, Mohammad Hafeez 2 for 21).