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Kamran Akmal, Sharjeel Brutally Hammers IND Legends; Post 243 Runs Batting First


Pakistan Champions openers goes big against India in Legends League (X.com)Pakistan Champions openers goes big against India in Legends League (X.com)

In a scintillating display of power hitting, Pakistan Champions opening batters Kamran Akmal and Sharjeel Khan mercilessly attacked Indian Champions bowlers in the World Legends T20 League to finish with a mammoth 243 runs total batting first.

The infamous India-Pakistan rivalry took place in Birmingham on Saturday, where India Champions faced Pakistan Champions in the World Legends T20 League tournament. In the absence of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh won the toss and invited the neighbours to bat first.

However, the decision came back to haunt Harbhajan as Kamran Akmal and Sharjeel Khan tonked a 145-run partnership for the opening wicket. After RP Singh went for 16 runs in the powerplay, Pakistan didn’t allow India a second to breathe and went after Dhawal Kulkarni in the 4th over to fetch 14 runs.

Harbhajan Singh desperately tried to put a full stop to the assault and introduced himself in the powerplay. But all his plans were in front of Kamran Akmal, who seemed in no mood to relent.

That being said, the 10th over of Irfan Pathan happened to be the most eventful over of the first innings. Kamran and Sharjeel together hammered him for 25 runs, with Kamran alone hitting three fours and a six.

Kamran Akmal was sent back at 77 (40) by Pawan Negi in the 14th over, whereas Sharjeel’s onslaught was halted at 72 (30).

While India got a breakthrough in the 11th over, Sohaib Maqsood joined the party with 51 runs off 26 deliveries. Maqsood also targeted spinners such as Negi before going after the death bowlers.

After Pakistan crossed the 200 runs mark inside 15 overs, Shoaib Malik added 25 runs off 18 deliveries to steer Pakistan Champions to a gigantic total of 243 runs.

Needless to say, it was a totally nightmarish day for India Champions. Anureet Singh and Dhawal Kulkarni went for over 40 runs each, whereas RP Singh and Negi also finished with over 9.00 economy.