Irrfan with fireworks; India Legends defeated Aussie Legends in the final

After Yuvraj, Stuart Binny (2) and Yusuf Pathan (1) returned and India faced defeat. India needed 36 runs to win in the last three overs. India scored 12 runs as Pathan and Ojha hit boundaries in the 18th over after Redron bowled.

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First Published Sep 29, 2022, 6:07 PM IST

Raipur: In the first semi-final of the road safety series, India Legends defeated Australia Legends by five wickets in the final. Batting first, the Aussie legends scored 171 runs, but thanks to Naman Ojha’s brilliant half-century and Irfan Pathan’s brilliant finish, the Indian legends overcame the target with four balls to spare. Score Australia Legends 171-5 in 20 overs, India Legends 175-5 in 19.2 overs.

Indian innings could not start yesterday due to rain. India did not get off to a good start when the Indian innings resumed today. Captain Sachin Tendulkar (10) and Suresh Raina (11) returned early but Yuvraj Singh (18) supported Naman Ojha’s (90* off 62 balls) explosive batting as India reached 113 in the fourteenth over. But Shane Watson dropped Yuvraj and put India in a crisis again.

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After Yuvraj, Stuart Binny (2) and Yusuf Pathan (1) returned and India faced defeat. India needed 36 runs to win in the last three overs. Pathan and Ojha hit boundaries in the 18th over bowled by Redron and India scored 12 runs.

Irfan scored 21 runs including three sixes in the 19th over bowled by Dirk Nanes and brought India closer to victory. Irfan hit Brett Lee for a boundary in the second ball of the last over and completed the Indian victory. Naman Ojha remained unbeaten on 90 off 62 balls while Irfan Pathan remained unbeaten on 37 off 12 balls. Irfan Pathan’s innings consists of two fours and four sixes. Ojha scored 90 runs with seven fours and five sixes.

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Aussie legends Shane Watson (30), Ben Dunk (46), Doolan (35) and Cameron White (30) who batted first yesterday, reached the best score. Abhimanyu Mithun and Yusuf Pathan took two wickets each for India.

Last Updated Sep 29, 2022, 6:08 PM IST

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