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Legends League Cricket: Yusuf Pathan, Pankaj Singh Star As India Maharajas Beat World Giants In Charity Match | Cricket News

Legends League: Yusuf Pathan, Pankaj Singh Star As India Maharajas Beat World Giants In Charity Match

Legends League: Yusuf Pathan celebrates with Irfan Pathan after India Maharajas beat World giants.© Twitter

Yusuf Pathan smashed an unbeaten fifty as India Maharajas defeated World Giants by six wickets in a special charity match in Kolkata on Friday. The game was played ahead of Legends League Cricket, beginning here on Saturday. Yusuf, who had slammed the second-fastest IPL fifty in 15 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad here in their triumphant 2014 campaign, showed his old fury in a 35-ball 50 not out to take them home with eight balls to spare. Yusuf, a winner of three IPL titles, struck all around the Eden including a huge six off Daniel Vettori into the stands in his assault to lead the charge.

In all, he struck two sixes and five fours.

No 3 Tanmay Srivastava (54) gave a fine support at the other end as the duo put together a match-turning 103-run partnership after Maharajas were reduced to 50/3 after the powerplay in pursuit of a challenging 171.

It was time for Harbhajan to roll back the years at this favourite venue Eden Gardens where he had become the first Indian bowler to claim a Test hattrick in the epic 2001 Test win against Australia.

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Leading the side after Virender Sehwag opted out of captaincy, the veteran offspinner bowled Jacques Kallis round the legs and also took catches, including a well-judged backward running catch to dismiss Romesh Kaluwitherna to have the 15,000-odd crowd on its feet.

But the star of the day was tall pacer Pankaj Singh, who returned with 5/26 which included a maiden over as World Giants managed 170/8 after they opted to bat.

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