India Capitals secured a six-wicket win over Gujarat Giants in match seven of Legends League Cricket 2022 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday, September 25.
Hamilton Masakadza’s half-century (50 off 23 balls) and Ashley Nurse’s 2/28 set the tone for the Capitals to avenge their loss to Gujarat Giants in the reverse meeting on September 17.
India Capitals won the toss and elected to bowl first. Ross Taylor came in for Farveez Maharoof in the only change for the Capitals, while Tillakaratne Dilshan stepped up as captain for Gujarat Giants in place of Virender Sehwag.
While Gujarat Giants started their innings comfortably with 47 runs in the first five overs, Pravin Tambe made the initial breakthrough for the Capitals with a double-wicket maiden in the final over of the powerplay.
Wickets kept tumbling for Gujarat as Thisara Perera, Manvinder Bisla and Richard Levi were dismissed for five or fewer runs.
Tillakaratne Dilshan’s confident unbeaten knock of 75 in 59 balls helped Gujarat Giants register a first-innings score of 152/7. The Sri Lankan was supported by key cameos from Graeme Swann (26), Kevin O’Brien (23) and Joginder Sharma (11).
Besides Pravin Tambe (2/30), Ashley Nurse was the most effective bowler for India Capitals with two wickets for 28 runs.
Gautam Gambir (14) was the first India Capitals batter to depart. The opener was dismissed LBW by Gujarat Giants spinner KP Appanna.
The Capitals ended the powerplay phase at 58/1, with the Giants having posted 47/2 at the same stage early on in the game.
In the eighth over, Solomon Mire’s innings of 41 in 23 balls was halted by Gujarat Giants’ Graeme Swann. Swann’s delivery forced Mire to lift his shot in the air that landed safely in the hands of Lendl Simmons.
Ajantha Mendis broke a 52-run partnership between Denesh Ramdin (13) and Hamilton Masakadza, with Ramdin giving away his wicket similar to Solomon Mire's dismissal.
Shortly after hitting his first fifty of Legends League Cricket 220, Masakadza was dismissed by Mendis at the start of the death overs. Rayad Emrit was the fielder at the long-off boundary who took the vital catch.
With eight runs needed off the final two overs, Rajat Bhatia and Ashley Nurse kept their cool to complete the run chase of 153 runs with seven balls to spare.
The six-wicket victory over Gujarat Giants meant India Capitals moved on top of the points table with a better run rate (1.304) than the Giants (0.407).
Hamilton Masakadza was adjudged the Legend of the Match, while Tillakaratne Dilshan walked away with the Gamechanger of the Match award.
The Capitals will have a three-day break before they return to the field at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack to take on the Manipal Tigers on September 29, 2020. The match will get away at 7:30 PM IST.