Irfan Pathan-Manpreet Gony partnership: Entertainment was on display in Raipur despite India Legends losing the match.
During the ninth match of the ongoing Road Safety World Series between India Legends and England Legends in Raipur, England Legends beat India Legends by 6 runs in a cliffhanger finish.
Chasing a 189-run target, India Legends were reduced to 56/5 before the halfway mark. Having lost half their side, the hosts’ last hope lied in the brother-pair of Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan.
A 43-run partnership for the sixth wicket did bring India Legends back into the match but Yusuf departing after scoring 17 (15) once again put them in trouble.
With Irfan Pathan finding his mojo with the bat by playing some exquisite shots, he found a significant helping hand in fast bowler Manpreet Gony. The pair put together an unbeaten 63-run partnership off 26 balls to hit the English bowlers to all parts of the park and put on display a super-entertaining comeback which was enjoyed by one and all.
Pathan’s stroke-play in combination with Gony using brute force kept India Legends in contention to seal the chase until the penultimate delivery of the match. While Pathan ended up scoring 34-ball 61 (not out) including four fours and five sixes, Gony contributed with a hard-hitting 16-ball 35 (not out) comprising of a four and four sixes.
For England, captain Kevin Pietersen had amassed 75 (37) with the help of six fours and five sixes after India Legends captain Sachin Tendulkar had asked the visitors to bat first. In the second innings, England Legends spinner Monty Panesar ran through the Indian top-order with bowling figures of 4-1-15-3.
Irfan Pathan-Manpreet Gony partnership
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) March 9, 2021
What a fightback from Irfan Pathan and Gony – India Legends was down and out then both added 63* runs from 26 balls but lost the match by 6 runs to England Legends – Irfan Pathan 61*(34) and Gony 35*(16). pic.twitter.com/PSTB1RAswO
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 9, 2021
What a mad game tonight in Road Safety World Series. India were at 99/6 in 13.2 overs while chasing massive 189 runs, final 3 overs left India requiring 58 runs, but unbelievable hitting from Irfan Pathan and Manpreet Gony took India very close to the game. pic.twitter.com/6JeynNjEqW
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 9, 2021
— The Ganga Times (@Ganga_Times) March 9, 2021
Irfan Pathan in:-
Official T20 cricket – 2 fifty-plus scores in 142 innings
Road Safety Series – 2 fifty-plus scores in 2 innings
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 9, 2021
— prasanth (@Prasant57404081) March 9, 2021
— R Ajay Gnanamuthu (@AjayGnanamuthu) March 9, 2021
— Akshay Jadhao (@AkshayJadhao21) March 9, 2021
— Sahil (@imsahil_27) March 9, 2021
What an Unbelievable effort by Irfan Pathan and Manpreet gony. Irfan Pathan Scored 61*(34) and Manpreet gony scored 35*(16). But India Legends short by 6 runs. But full numbers of Irfan Pathan and Manpreet gony, The way both batted. Outstanding. pic.twitter.com/k2KT1DYasZ
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) March 9, 2021
— sandeep Tripathy (@odia_banker) March 9, 2021
Manpreet Gony did a Dhoni there.
Falling short of few runs as always.
— S & S (@FakeBcciWarrior) March 9, 2021
And Not Dhoni dhoni this time#RoadSafetyWorldSeries
— A B H I (@hitman_fan_abhi) March 9, 2021
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