India Capitals were crowned champions of the League of Legends Cricket (LLC), which was being held in India for the first time.
Capitals defeated Bhilwara Kings by 104 runs to clinch the trophy in an entertaining final played at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Wednesday.
India Capitals vs Bhilwara Kings, LLC 2022 Highlights
Gautam Gambhir-led Capitals staged an impressive recovery after reaching 211/7 in 20 overs. The Kings collapsed under the pressure of a long target and were all out for just 107 runs in 18.2 overs.
Ross Taylor (82 off 41 balls) and Mitchell Johnson (62 off 35 balls) were the innings makers for the Capitals, who put on a 126-run partnership for the fifth wicket, but the Kings failed to put together a meaningful partnership of their own. can be the bat
Kings openers Moran van Wyk (5) and William Porterfield (12) were dismissed in the first four overs. Much depended on the broad shoulders of Yusuf Pathan (6), but he did not last long. Shane Watson (27) was unlucky to be run out, while Jessel Kariya (22) showed commitment but did not last long.
When Kings skipper Irfan Pathan (2) was dismissed in the 12th over, the chase was just as good for them.
For the Capitals, three bowlers – Pawan Sual (2/27), Pankaj Singh (2/14) and Praveen Tambe (2/19) – took two wickets each. It was a total team effort that led to the victory for the Capitals. Good batting was complemented by hard bowling and sharp fielding.
However, the Kings actually had a dream start to the final after they won the toss and decided to field. Irfan’s move to start with spin from both ends paid dividends as the Capitals found themselves four wickets down by the fifth over.
Monty Panesar and Rahul Sharma used their web of spin to reduce the Capitals to 21/4. But then the counter-attack began. Taylor and Johnson grabbed the Kings bowlers by the scruff of their necks and threw them all over the field.
The ninth over of the match was the turning point of the Capitals’ innings. Taylor, the former captain of New Zealand, crushed Yousuf’s spin and took 30 runs from the over. He hit four sixes and a four in this over.
Former England fast bowler Tim Bresnan finally broke the partnership by dismissing Johnson in the 15th over. But by then Johnson had hit seven fours and three sixes.
Taylor got out after hitting eight sixes and four fours in the 17th over. Ashley Nurse (42 off 19 balls) then played a brilliant cameo in the death overs to take the Capitals past the 200 mark. This proved to be enough for them to emerge victorious in spectacular fashion.
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