IRFAN PATHAN BRILLIANT 57 RUNS INNINGS IN ROAD SAFETY SERIES:
India Legends was played his second game of the tournament with Srilanka Legends on 10 March at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Where Irfan Pathan again Showed his allrounder performance and snatched the game from the Srilankan team in the road safety world series. And India legends won the match by 5 wickets.
ROAD SAFETY MATCH BETWEEN INDIA LEGENDS AND SRILANKA LEGENDS:
In the Match, India Legends skipper Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and elected to bowl first. But Virender Sehwag was not happy for his decision. Now, Srilankan players came out to bat but None of the players of Srilanka Legends didn’t score more than 25 runs. And Srilanka Legends scored 138 runs losing 8 wickets in 20 overs. Veteran India fast bowler Munaf Patel took 4 wickets in 4 overs. While Irfan Pathan took 2 wickets in this match.
In the innings break, It was believed that India legends will chase down the target without any problem. But, but, but guys wait. Sachin and Sehwag came out to bat and Virender Sehwag took a strike. Chaminda Vaas on the bowling point and on the very first ball, Atapattu dropped the Sehwag catch. On the Second ball, Sachin was out at duck. In the second over, Virender Sehwag was run out after scoring just 2 runs. And Yuvraj Singh was followed Sachin and Sehwag and caught out behind the stumps.
Now, India legends had lost the top three batsmen under the team score of 20. Then Mohammed Kaif and Sanjay Banger made a partnership and handled the situation of the team. But, unfortunately, they lost their wickets early when India Legends need 58 runs in 30 balls.
IRFAN PATHAN LAST OVERS BATTING AGAINST SL:
Now, Irfan Pathan came out to bat and then what he did at the age of 35 years, it was unbelievable. He scored 57 runs in 31 balls with a strike rate of 183.87. Here he hit 3 sixes and 6 fours.
In the last 3 overs, India needs 39 runs in 18 balls. But Irfan Pathan has other plans. Gony and Irfan made 39 runs in just 10 balls And India legends won the match by 5 wickets sparing 8 balls.
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Irfan Pathan talking about his innings in match presentation-
“I’m getting better with age, isn’t it? It’s wonderful to be back playing in front of a full house. Master’s managing everything, and that’s helping us, he knows everything about the other teams. When I came in to bat, we needed 12 runs an over. I needed only one ball to find the middle of the bat and that Maharoof’s over (where 26 runs were scored) helped us.” source-Cricbuzz
“I thought the partnership between Kaif and Pathan was crucial. In spite of this not being a big total, it turned out to be a thriller. Once the ball got wet due to dew, the ball started skidding on. Credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers though to bowl the way they did at the start, but Irfan did the job for us. It’s a fantastic feeling to play in front of this kind of crowd. They create the energy, so we need to entertain them – that’s what I told the guys. We kept shuffling our batting order. Sometimes these strategies they work, sometimes they don’t. All of us must make an effort to follow the traffic rules, we need to show some discipline. I think with the way we’ve played, we’ve got others to think.” source-Cricbuzz
HERE IS THE TWITTERATI REACTION ON IRFAN PATHAN KNOCK:
Today wasn’t the first time when Irfan Pathan took away a game from Lanka.
Irfan Pathan in:-
Tests – 2nd best score (93) vs SL, 2005
ODIs – Best score 83(70) vs SL, 2006
T20Is – Best score 33*(16) vs SL, 2009
IPL – Best score 60(29) vs Deccan Chargers in 2010 (attack opened by Vaas)
So Irfan Pathan’s 57(31) yesterday might not be a surprise.#RSWS