WORLD GIANTS VS. INDIA MAHARAJAS: LEGENDS LEAGUE CRICKET 2022, MATCH 3 | HOWZAT PREDICTION AND FANTASY CRICKET TIPS
World Giants will take on India Maharajas in match 2 of the Legends League Cricket tournament at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground on Saturday evening.
World Giants lost their first match of the tournament to Asia Lions by 6 wickets. Despite making a big score of 205 on the board thanks to O Brien’s 95 runs off 46 balls, the bowlers looked off-color while defending that total. The target was chased down with 4 balls to spare.
On the other hand, India Maharajas won their first match of the tournament quite comfortably by 6 wickets. A typical Yusuf Pathan innings (80 runs off 40 balls) after the fall of 3 quick wickets took the team home in the last over.
- Match: World Giants vs. India Maharajas, Match 3
- Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Muscat
- Date & Time: Jan. 22, 2022, at 8 PM IST/6.30 PM Local
World Giants vs India Maharajas Probable Playing XIs
Phil Mustard (WK), Kevin Pietersen, Kevin O Brien, Corey Anderson, Owais Shah, Albie Morkel, Daren Sammy (C), Monty Panesar, Imran Tahir, Ryan Sidebottom, Morne Morkel
Naman Ojha (WK), Stuart Binny, S Badrinath, Mohd. Kaif (C), Yusuf Pathan, Venugopal Rao, Hemang Badani, Irfan Pathan, Manpreet Gony, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha
Muscat is expected to have mostly clear skies in the evening, with no threat of rain. The temperature will be around 18 degrees during the game.
As evident from the two games played, 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 two T20s played on this ground has been 191 runs.
The team that batted first on this surface has lost both the games in the tournament. So it looks like a field-first wicket. A first-innings score of around 185 runs can be pretty competitive on this ground.
Top Fantasy Picks
- Kevin O Brien stood tall among all the batting masterclass that was on display in the last match. He made 95 runs off 46 balls against the Asia Lions, hitting 7 boundaries and 7 sixes in his brilliant knock. Expect him to continue from where he left off last night.
- Morne Morkel was impressive in the last match, picking up 2 wickets and going for under 10 runs an over in a big run chase. His height lets him get the extra bounce and makes it a difficult task for the batters to go after him.
- Yusuf Pathan put on a power show and was adjudged the Player of the Match against Asia Lions on Thursday. He made 80 runs off just 40 balls, including 9 boundaries and 5 huge sixes. He will be looking to keep the red-hot scoring form going here.
- Irfan Pathan was perfect in the all-rounder role in the first match against Asia Lions. He picked 2 wickets for 22 runs in four overs, taking the key wickets of Hafeez and Yousuf. In the second innings, he made 21 runs off only 10 balls to finish the run chase for India Maharajas.
Howzat Dream Team
- Wicketkeeper: Phil Mustard
- Batters: Kevin Pietersen, Owais Shah, Mohammad Kaif
- All-rounders: Kevin O Brien, Albie Morkel, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan
- Bowlers: Morne Morkel, Munaf Patel, Manpreet Gony
- Captain: Irfan Pathan/Yusuf Pathan
- Vice Captain: Kevin Pietersen/Albie Morkel
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