Welcome to Sportstar 's Coverage of the Legends League Cricket finalbetween World Giants and Asia Lions. This was Lalith Kalidas bringing you the updates as action unfurled at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman.
It's been a sensational outing for the World Giants who maintained their control over the Lions from ball one. A couple of early jitters were shrugged away as the lower-order comprising Corey Anderson, Daren Sammy and Brad Haddin came to the party - leading the side to a whopping 256 for five in 20 overs. While the Lions set out for a fairly decent start, wickets at regular intervals derailed the chase by the half-way mark.
ALN 211/7 in 20 overs: Vaas clobbers two sixes before KP smatters the stumps. Muralitharan comes in to lanch a huge SIX before pushing the final ball for the ceremonial sake. The Giantswin by 25 runs and win the inaugural LLC 2022 tournament!
ALN 211/7 in 19 overs: Kulasekara smashes Sidebottom for a beautiful SIX down the ground. Left-armer comes back strongly with an excellent fuller delivery that traps the batter plumb in front.
Kulasekara lbw b RJ Sidebottom 17(6) [4s-1 6s-2]
Sidebottom replaces Panesar
ALN 200/6 in 18 overs: Yousuf lifts Lions past 200 with a flurry of boundaries. 57 needed of 12 balls.
ALN 171/6 in 17 overs: Yousuf struggles to find his timing before he steps out to smack Panesar for SIX. Panesar finishes his spell as Rafique holds OUT to cover.
Rafique c RJ Sidebottom b Panesar 22(18) [4s-1 6s-1]
ALN 159/5 in 16 overs: Pietersen does well to keep both batters quiet as he concedes only 5 runs. Lions need 98 runs of last 24 to keep an eye on the cup. TIME-OUT!
ALN 154/5 in 15 overs: Panesar concedes a couple of sixes but that does little to lift the Lions who now require over 20 runs per over to close the chase.
ALN 139/5 in 14 overs: The Giants well in control. Pietersen comes in for a quick roll of the arm and gives away just 6 runs from the over.
Pietersen replaces Albie Morkel
ALN 133/5 in 13 overs: A quiet over from Panesar as both Yousuf and Rafique faill to get going.
ALN 129/5 in 12 overs: Albie to Misbah, OUT! The captain edges an outside-off delivery which results in another scalp for the Giants. Asghar follows his skipper as Pietersen and Sammy complete a spectacular catch at long-on.
Misbah c Mustard b Albie Morkel 2(3); Asghar Afghan c Sammy b Albie Morkel 24(10) [4s-2 6s-2]
ALN 121/3 in 11 overs: Tharanga starts with SIX to deep mid-wicket. Panesar keeps it tight and BOWLED! Tharanga misses the line and give his wicket to Panesar. Pressure building on Lions.
Tharanga b Panesar 25(16) [4s-1 6s-2]
Panesar into the attack
ALN 111/2 in 10 overs: Tharanga welcomes Morkel with a boundary, FOUR, to start off the over to third man. Morkel to Afghan, punished for massive SIX! Three singles to finish the over.
M Morkel returns
ALN 96/2 in 9 overs: Afghan welcomes O'brien with a meaty strike over mid-wicket for SIX. Short again and Afghan finds FOUR runs through mid-wicket once again. This is shoddy bowling from O'brien. Another loose delivery on length and Afghan handsomely pulls it mid-wicket for another FOUR.
O'brien into the attack
ALN 79/2 in 8 overs: Tharanga shimmies down the track and lofts Albie over long-on for SIX first ball. He follows up with a single to short fine leg. Albie bumps one short and Jayasuriya holes out to Pietersen at mid-wicket.
Sanath Jayasuriya c Pietersen b JA Morkel 38 (23b 5x4 1x6)
ALN 70/1 in 7 overs: Lee rolls in a slower one to hit Tharanga flush on the pads as he shuffles across for a single. He is interested for a moment before the wicketkeeper signals the ball has gone down the leg-stump. Lee finishes up with a slower one and Jayasuriya tucks the ball over mid-off for FOUR.
ALN 59/1 in 6 overs: Morne hits the deck and Dilshan sends it straight up. Sammy takes a fine catch at mid-wicket and the Giants have their breakthrough. Tharanga in at 3.
Tillakaratne Dilshan c Sammy b M Morkel 25 (16b 3x4 1x6)
Morne switches ends
ALN 56/0 in 5 overs: Sidebottom hits the slot and Jayasuriya hammers the ball across mid-wicket for FOUR. Similar length from Sidebottom and Jayasuriya makes room to drive the ball through cover for another FOUR.
Sidebottom replaces Morne
ALN 44/0 in 4 overs: Albie cuts down on pace and attacks the stumps. Jayasuriya gets a single before Dilshan is pinned to the crease with a cheeky leg-cutter. Mustard stands up to the stumps and Morkel hits the length. He beats the outside-edge off Dilshan who creates room to cut but misses.
Albie into the attack
ALN 42/0 in 3 overs: Dilshan unleashes the Dil Scoop against a full-tilt Morkel for FOUR over the keeper! He does it again and gets SIX runs this time. This is outrageous from Dilshan! Short from Morkel and Dilshan pumps the ball over mid-wicket for FOUR.
Morne Morkel replaces Lee
ALN 26/0 in 2 overs: Sidebottom starts with a tight line before Jayasuriya deftly makes room past point for FOUR. Short from Sidebottom and Jayasuriya slaps it over cover for another boundary.
Sidebottom from the opposite end
ALN 15/0 in 1 over: Dilshan opens the chase with a single to square leg. Lee gets the ball to tail in to Jayasuriya who gets an inside-edge to take another single. Lee offers a hint of room and Dilshan laces it through point for FOUR. Lee bumps one in to Jayasuriya who gets the top-edge to race over the keeper for SIX.
Sanath Jayasuriya and Dilshan open for the Lions. Lee up with the new ball.
Back for the chase. A record 257 to win for the Lions. They will need to hit the top-gear from ball one.
WGS 256/5 in 20 overs: Short from Dilshan and Anderson blasts the ball down the ground for SIX. Short again and Anderson bludgeons out of his sight over mid-wicket for another SIX! Dilshan rolls in a full-toss and Anderson whacks the ball down the ground for FOUR - 250 up for the Giants! Anderson finishes in style as he makes room to slam the last ball over long-off for SIX.
WGS 231/5 in 19 overs: Morkel and Anderson swing hard and slams Kulasekara down the ground for a couple of boundaries.
WGS 216/5 in 18 overs: Vaas hits the blockhole consistently before Anderson drills him down the ground for back-to-back boundaries to finish the over.
WGS 201/5 in 17 overs: Kulasekara rolls in a slower-one and it beats Sammy and Tharanga behind the stumps to race down for FOUR. Misbah is distraught as Sammy follows up with two crunching boundaries down the ground. Kulasekara finally has his man! Sammy is cramped for room as he nicks one to Tharanga who pouches it safely this time. Daren Sammy c †Tharanga b Kulasekara 38 (17b 2x4 4x6)
Kulasekara is back
WGS 182/4 in 16 overs: Sammy smokes Vaas over the mid-wicket fence for a towering SIX. Vaas shapes the ball across the length and Sammy has a go at it. Kulasekara lines underneath the ball at deep backward point and drops a sitter!
Vaas into the attack
WGS 172/4 in 15 overs: Akhtar hits the deck and Sammy drills the ball through mid-wicket for FOUR. Akhtar runs in and awkward stops at the popping crease. He winces in pain and walks off the field with a niggle. Rafique steps to finish the over. Rafique slides one in and Sammy has enough time to swing his arms down the ground for SIX.
WGS 159/4 in 14 overs: Murali drifts the ball across and Anderson gets an inside-edge that trickles past Tharanga for FOUR. First fifty for Anderson in the tournament and it comes right when his side needed it the most.
WGS 150/4 in 13 overs: 150 up for the Giants as Anderson flakes the leg-side fence with crisp boundaries. Nothing much that Rafique could have done there as Anderson's brute strength overpowers the field.
WGS 136/4 in 12 overs: Haddin holes to the deep this time. And it's Dilshan at deep mid-wicket who takes a fine catch to dismiss him. Murali wafts the ball on length as Haddin mistime a ball that was there for the taking. Sammy in at 6. Anderson gets a tossed-up delivery and he steps down to bash it over mid-wicket for SIX. Murali drops short and Anderson stays low to slam the ball over square for another SIX.
Brad Haddin c Dilshan b Muralitharan 37 (16b 2x4 4x6)
WGS 118/3 in 11 overs: Haddin on fire. He destroys Dilshan's looseners with three massive SIXES over the mid-wicket fence. The Giants have pulled things back in control with some flair from the Aussie.
WGS 94/3 in 10 overs: A couple of quiet overs for the Giants. Murali concedes just two runs after the break.
WGS 92/3 in 9 overs: Dilshan keeps Anderson and Haddin grounded. Just the four runs from the over as the players head to the TIME OUT.
Dilshan replaces Vaas
WGS 88/3 in 8 overs: Short from Murali and Haddin sweeps to the mid-wicket fence for FOUR. Murali tosses the ball up and Haddin employs a fine slog over cow corner for SIX.
Muttiah Muralitharan into the attack
WGS 77/3 in 7 overs: In the air and Pietersen holes out to long-off! Vaas with a massive breakthrough as Pietersen mistimes the lofted drive over cover. Anderson makes room and flicks Vaas over long-on for SIX. Back-to-back sixes as Anderson clobbers the length delivery over mid-wicket to finish the over.
Kevin Pietersen c Misbah-ul-Haq b Vaas 48 (22b 2x4 5x6)
WGS 64/2 in 6 overs: Kulasekara finds some shape to beat O'brien's outside-edge before bringing the ball sharply onto the pads. GONE! Kulasekara clips the outside-edge this time! O'brien's feet freezes in the crease as he swings his bat through the line outside-off and gets a faint nick to Tharanga. What a big scalp for the Lions inside the Powerplay as Anderson walks in at 4. Kevin O'Brien c †Tharanga b Kulasekara 2 (6b)
WGS 62/1 in 5 overs: O'brien joins Pietersen. Rafique starts with a couple of sliders. He fends short and KP slams the ball over square leg for another SIX.
Rafique into the attack
WGS 51/1 in 4 overs: Kulasekara hits the length and offers no room to KP outside the off-stump. Wow, this is vintage Pietersen. He shuffles across the off-stump and parries the ball over square leg for SIX. Kulasekara goes full and Pietersen thumps it down the ground this time for FOUR. Kulasekara finds the breakthrough. Mustard goes for a hoick over mid-wicket and misses as the ball smashes the stumps. Phil Mustard b Kulasekara 7 (9b 1x4)
Kulasekara replaces Vaas
WGS 38/0 in 3 overs: Akhtar runs in full tilt and sends in a lower bouncer to Pietersen who misses a rash pull. No ball from Akhtar as he sprays a bowl outside the strip on the off-side. Another slower-one and Pietersen smacks it over mid-wicket for a mighty SIX . Akhtar seems out of gas already. Akhtar strays to the pads and Pietersen whacks the ball over backward square leg for another massive SIX! Width again and Pietersen whacks it over point for another SIX to finish the over.
WGS 17/0 in 2 overs: Vaas offers room and Pietersen cuts the ball over point for FOUR. He shuffles across and flicks the ball to mid-wicket for a single. Vaas attacks the off-stump and Mustard offers a gentle push back to the bowler. A loosener on middle-stump and Mustard easily puts it past mid-wicket for another FOUR.
Chaminda Vaas from the opposite end
WGS 8/0 in 1 over: Akhtar starts with two wide deliveries down the leg-side. KP off the mark with a wristy flick to square leg. Mustard is off the mark with a single. Akhtar bumps one short and Pietersen shuffles a tad too much to the off-side to flick but misses. Pietersen slaps a short ball down the ground and beats Jayasuriya at mid-off by a whisker.
Kevin Pietersen and Phil Mustard open for the Giants. Shoaib Akhtar with the new ball.
Here we go! The Lions led by Misbah have walked out to the field.
Asia Lions XI: T Dilshan, Jayasuriya, Tharanga, Asghar Afghan, Misbah, Kulasekara, Rafique, Vaas, Akhtar, Muralitharan, Yousuf
World GiantsXI: Kevin Pietersen, Phil Mustard, Kevin O'brien, Corey Anderson, Brad Haddin, Daren Sammy, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Brett Lee, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar
Playing XIs coming up...
TOSS: Asia wins toss, opts to bowl
7:00PM IST: 30 minutes away from the Toss . Who are you rooting for tonight?
Where to watch World Giants vs Asia Lions final, Legends League Cricket 2022 match?
The live broadcast of the Legends League Cricket 2022 will be available on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3 . You can catch the live commentary on Sportstar .
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