[Watch] When Irfan Pathan's Explosive 65* off 19 Balls Sealed The Show
Irfan Pathan's heroics led Bhilwara Kings to a thrilling win (Twitter)
In a magnificent display of explosive batting that unfolded at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, the Legends League Cricket 2023 witnessed a spectacle that would be etched in the memories of fans for a long time. The opening clash between India Capitals and Bhilwara Kings transformed into an epic saga, thanks to a masterclass in power-hitting, led by none other than Irfan Pathan.
Pathan's power hitting guided Bhilwara Kings to thrilling win over Gambhir's India Capitals
The game began with Bhilwara Kings, who won the toss, opting to field first. This decision set the stage for a high-octane drama. The India Capitals, though initially stumbling with the early loss of Hashim Amla, soon found their rhythm.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir's quickfire 63 off 35 balls, along with significant contributions from Kirk Edwards (59 off 31 balls) and Ben Dunk (37 off 16 balls), propelled the Capitals to a massive total of 228/8.
However, the script had an unexpected twist. The Bhilwara Kings, after a shaky start, found their saviour in Irfan Pathan. His astonishing innings of an unbeaten 65 from just 19 balls was a whirlwind of nine colossal sixes. It was an innings that redefined the art of finishers in the game.
Pathan tore apart the Capitals' bowling, stitch by stitch, and his onslaught turned the game on its head. The support from Solomon Mire (70 off 40 balls) and the middle order was crucial, but the day undoubtedly belonged to Pathan.
The Kings, with Pathan's heroics, chased down the mammoth total with three wickets in hand and four deliveries to spare. The all-rounder was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ for his stunning knock. Meanwhile, the Legends League couldn't have asked for a more thrilling start, and the fans, undoubtedly, couldn't have asked for a better hero.