December 10, 2022
Legends League Cricket: Ross Taylor guides India Capitals to final


Ross Taylor Powers India Capitals In The Final Of Legends League Cricket© Legends League Cricket

Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor and West Indies star Ashley Nurse scored blazing fifties to help India Capitals enter the final of Legends League Cricket by defeating Bhilwara Kings by four wickets in a thrilling qualifier at the Barkatullah Khan Stadium in Jodhpur on Sunday. . Taylor played a quickfire knock of 84 off 39 balls which included nine fours and five big sixes, while Nurse scored an unbeaten 60. His scintillating 28-ball knock hit five fours and four sixes as India Capitals comfortably chased down the highest target of the season. End with three balls remaining.

In a battle between the top-2 teams of the league, table-toppers India Capitals responded well with Bhilwara Kings chasing a total of 226-5. Scoring at a brisk pace, Ross Taylor kept them in the hunt with the league’s fastest half-century in just 20 balls before Sudeep Tyagi dismissed him for 84 and the team still needed 59 runs from 29 balls. .

After Taylor departed, Ashley Nurse along with Liam Plunkett kept the challenge alive for India Capitals as the duo kept the required run-rate under control. When eight runs were needed from five balls, Nurse not only kept his side over the line with back-to-back huge sixes, but also completed his half-century in style.

Earlier, former Australia captain Shane Watson and William Porterfield got off to a brisk start for Bhilwara Kings after batting. Watson completed his half-century in just 27 balls and put on a 116-run stand for the second wicket with opener Porterfield before he was caught by Johnson at long-on boundary off Pankaj Singh.

Watson hit 10 fours and two sixes in his brilliant innings of 65 off 39 balls. Porterfield, on the other hand, hit seven fours and three sixes in his 37-ball 59.

In the death overs of in-form Yusuf Pathan (48 off 28) and Rajesh Bishnoi (36 not out on 11), Bhilwara Kings added 56 runs in the last three overs to make a challenging total.

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Despite today’s defeat, Irfan Pathan-led Bhilwara Kings will get another chance to cement their place in the final when they take on third-placed Gujarat Giants in an eliminator match at the same venue on Monday.

The final will be played on Wednesday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

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