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Ruthless Australia Legends hammer England Legends by 6 wickets to set-up a semi-final date with India

image-l8ktacvbAustralia Legends displayed great batting prowess against England Legends (PC: Twitter)

Australia Legends (AUS-L) rounded off the league-stage of the ongoing Road Safety World Series T20 2022 on a high as they hammered the English counterparts by 6 wickets in Raipur on Tuesday (September 27).

Chasing 161, the Aussie Legends rode on whirlwind knocks from Shane Watson (47 off 26), Ben Dunk (42 off 13) and unbeaten 16-ball 33 from Brad Hodge to make short work of the target.

It was Watson, who started the onslaught in the powerplay as the former all-rounder 7 fours and a couple of sixes to get his side off and running.

Left-arm orthodox Stephen Parry (3/30 in 4) tried his best to keep England in the game as he dismissed Watson before getting rid of an equally dangerous-looking Ben Dunk and then Callum Ferguson for a golden duck to reduce the Australia Legends to 97/3 in the 11th.

His efforts went in vain though as Hodge and Nathan Reardon (17* off 16) made short work of the requisite runs to take their side through in the 14th over. 

England Legends posted 160/6 in 20 overs

Earlier, England Legends rode on valuable cameos from Phil Mustard (34 off 24), Darren Maddy (34 off 23) and handy blows from the likes of Rikki Clark and Chris Tremlett in the end to post 160/6 in 20 overs.

Off-spinner Jason Krejza (2/28 in 4 overs) knocked over both the openers to give his side a breathing space after England had raced their way to 58 in just over 7 overs.

Krejza then combined with seamer Nathan Reardon (2-24 in 3 overs) to impose shackles on the English middle-order.

Eventually, cameos from Darren Maddy and the lower-order lifted the English o 160/6, which proved to be inadequate in the end.

Australia Legends will now face India Legends in the 1st semi-final in Raipur on September 28.

Brief Scores:

England Legends: 160/6 (20)

Phil Mustard 34 (24), D Maddy 34 (23)
Jason Krejza 2/28 (4), Nathan Reardon 2/24 (3)

Australia Legends: 164/4 (13.4)

Shane Watson 47 (26), Ben Dunk 42 (13), Brad Hodge 33* (16)
Stephen Parry 3/30 (4)

Result: Australia Legends won by 6 wickets

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