The World Giants put up a stellar show to defeat India Maharajas by three wickets for its first win in the Legends League Cricket tournament, all thanks to the match-winning knock by South Africa’s stunning performer Imran Tahir.
Imran Tahir walked out to bat at number 8 when the Giants were struggling at 130 for six in the 14th over. Imran Tahir walked out with all-guns-blazing and took the game by storm. The India Maharajas then slipped from the brink of a comfortable as Tahir helped the team make a stunning comeback by playing a match-winning knock of 19-ball 52*, smashing five sixes, two of which came in the final over.
Imran Tahir’s knock helped the team level with the India Maharajas and Asian Lions on the points table, with all the three sides on two points after the first round of matches.
However, the World Giants will miss the services of Imran Tahir in the upcoming matches as he would leave to play for the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League. The Mohammad Kaif-led India Maharajas will begin its second round of fixtures when it meets the Asia Lions on Monday.
Meanwhile, as the World Giants won the game, riding on the blistering knock of Imran Tahir, fans on social media went berserk. In no time, social media was flooded with amazing reactions from the fans, experts, and pundits, who hailed the brilliance of Imran Tahir with the bat.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
Imran Tahir smashed 52* from just 19 balls including 3 fours and 5 sixes in the Legends Cricket match to chase down 210 runs against India Maharajas.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 22, 2022
— Bharat Khatri (@Bharat_khatri11) January 22, 2022
Imran Tahir 52* of 19 ?????????
— Paras (@ParasGirdhar22) January 22, 2022
Imran Tahir belting them ??
— अ.प (@70hundreds) January 22, 2022
Unbelievable.. Imran Tahir has hit a 19 ball 50 to snatch victory from India.. seems like every South African under the sun has become superman against India.. and we were trolling KL Rahul when he said entire country is playing against India.. shame that we didn’t understand ? pic.twitter.com/51A15VxPrl
— Param Jain (@pune109) January 22, 2022
— Aبdul Haaدi?? (@haadispeaks) January 22, 2022
— Akshit Sharma?? (@ShrmaGka_Ladka) January 22, 2022
Worst Bowling by India Maharajas ?
Failed to Defend 48 runs in Last 3 Overs
Imran Tahir Hero of World Giants, Scored Unbeaten 52* off 19 ?? pic.twitter.com/mZ7XJNKL6d
— S H E B A S (@Shebas_10) January 22, 2022
— Pushkar Pushp (@ppushp7) January 22, 2022
— Haider Rasool (@HaiderRasool18) January 22, 2022
— Dr Rihab Khan (@DrRihabKhan) January 22, 2022
— Naimatullah Sarhadi (@NaimatullahSar1) January 22, 2022
Imran Tahir smashed 52* from just 19 balls including 3 fours and 5 sixes in the Legends Cricket match to chase down 210 runs against India Maharajas. pic.twitter.com/HZwXnoWpZ4
— Rahul (@Rahul32592782) January 22, 2022
And he wins it for World Giants with the bat (52 off 19 deliveries) in a remarkable match. https://t.co/hhKTHlL2b0
— Aayush Mahajan (@CricGlance) January 22, 2022
— cherey_janasaniki (@CJanasaniki) January 22, 2022
Imran Tahir 52*(19 balls)
3 fours and 5 sixes
in the Legends Cricket match
— CSK Fans Army™ (@CSKFansArmy) January 22, 2022
Brief Scores: WGS 210/7 in 19.3 overs (Pietersen 53, Tahir 52*; Binny 2/22) beat IMR 209/3 in 20 overs (Ojha 140, Kaif 53*; Sidebottom 2/20) by three wickets.