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India Maharajas will clash with Asia Lions in the opening match of the Legends League Cricket tournament at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground on Thursday evening. World Giants are the third team in the tournament.

The India Maharajas squad comprises arguably some of the greatest Indian cricket players of all time. The likes of skipper Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan as well as Yusuf Pathan will be expected to make a mark in a brand new T20 competition.  

On the other hand, Asia Lions also have numerous iconic superstars of their own. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik will be the key players for the Lions as they have been playing international cricket in recent times. Shahid Afridi, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Shoib Akhtar are a few of the other big names in the team.

Both the teams are filled with absolute superstars and it promises to be an absolute blockbuster contest in the desert of Oman this evening.

Match Details

  • Match: India Maharajas vs. Asia Lions, Match 1
  • Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Muscat 
  • Date & Time: Jan. 20, 2022, at 8 PM IST/6.30 PM Local
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India Maharajas vs Asia Lions Probable Probable Playing XIs

India Maharajas

Naman Ojha (WK), Stuart Binny, S Badrinath, Yuvraj Singh, Mohd. Kaif (C), Yusuf Pathan, Hemang Badani, Irfan Pathan, Manpreet Gony, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha

Asia Lions

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kamran Akmal (WK), Upul Tharanga, Mohammed Hafeez, Mohammed Yousuf, Misbah-Ul-Haq (C), Azhar Mahmood, Nuwan Kulasekara, Umar Gul, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shoaib Akhtar

Weather Report

Muscat is expected to have slightly overcast conditions in the evening, with no threat of rain. The temperature will be around 25 degrees during the game. 

Pitch Report

As seen during the T20 World Cup last October, the surface is a good one for batting. There will be help for the pacers with the new ball. In the second innings, the spinners will be able to get more help from the pitch. The average first-innings score during the last six T20s played on this ground has been 148 runs.


Although the pitch is most likely to remain the same throughout the match, the team that batted first on this surface has won 4 out of the last 6 games here during the T20 World Cup 2021. A first-innings score of around 160 runs can be pretty competitive on this ground.

Top Fantasy Picks

India Maharajas

  • Yusuf Pathan made a name in international cricket because of his power-hitting skills and will play a huge role in the middle order for India Maharajas this tournament. He has scored 4852 runs in 274 T20 matches at a healthy strike rate of 139.34, including 20 half-centuries and a century.
  • Irfan Pathan is a left-hand swing bowler who can be deadly with the new ball in hand. He has taken 173 wickets in T20 cricket and has made more than 2000 runs at a strike rate of 124. He was in good form during the Road Safety Series last year, with 69 runs and 5 wickets in 5 matches.

Asia Lions

  • Mohammad Hafeez announced his retirement from international cricket recently after playing more than 18 years for Pakistan. He played in the Lanka T20 League, scoring 89 runs and taking 5 wickets in 10 matches, and will be looking to make a big contribution in this match. 
  • Muttiah Muralitharan is arguably the greatest bowler and spinner to have played the game. He has dominated international cricket for close to 20 years and has taken more than 1300 wickets across the three formats.  

Howzat Dream Team

  • Wicketkeeper: Kamran Akmal
  • Batters: Upul Tharanga, Misbah-Ul-Haq
  • All-rounders: Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez
  • Bowlers: Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Muttiah Muralitharan
  • Captain: Kamran Akmal/Mohammad Hafeez
  • Vice Captain: Irfan Pathan/Yusuf Pathan
Legends League Cricket 2022, Match 1: INM vs ASL – HOWZAT Dream Team

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