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Legends Cricket Trophy 2024: Rajasthan Kings, and Dubai Giants pick up wins on Super Saturday

Robin Uthappa's blistering 30-ball 72 guided Rajasthan Kings to victory while Shaun Marsh and Gurkeerat Singh Mann steered Dubai Giants to a win in the Legends Cricket Trophy 2024 on Saturday, March 9, 2024

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Robin Uthappa in action for the Rajasthan Kings against Kandy Samp Army at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka during a Legends Cricket Trophy 2024 match. Photo: Legends Cricket Trophy
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It was a thrilling day of cricket at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium which saw two encounters in the Legends Cricket Trophy 2024. The first match of the day was between the Rajasthan Kings and Kandy Samp Army, and the second of the day was between Dubai Giants and Delhi Devils. (More Cricket News)

In match one of the day, Rajasthan Kings put on a commanding performance to secure a resounding victory over Kandy Samp Army.

Batting first, Rajasthan Kings exhibited an explosive display of power-hitting, amassing a formidable total of 176 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their allotted 15 overs. Spearheading the Kings' onslaught was the veteran batsman Robin Uthappa, who dazzled the audience with a scintillating knock of 72 runs off a mere 30 deliveries, embellished with 5 boundaries and 6 towering sixes. Uthappa's aggressive approach set the tone for the Kings' innings, as he showcased his remarkable ability to find gaps and dispatch the ball to all parts of the ground. Complementing Uthappa's fireworks was Hamilton Masakadza, who provided valuable support with a well-constructed innings of 52 runs off 32 balls, consisting of 4 boundaries and 3 maximums.

In pursuit of a challenging target, Kandy Samp Army's batting lineup struggled to gain momentum against a disciplined bowling attack from Rajasthan Kings. Despite commendable efforts from Kevin O'Brien and Irfan Pathan, who fought valiantly with the bat, Samp Army fell short of their target, managing to muster only 132 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their stipulated 15 overs. O'Brien and Pathan exhibited resilience amidst the mounting pressure, but their efforts were ultimately in vain as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.

The standout performer with the ball for Rajasthan Kings was the pace spearhead, Parvinder Awana, whose incisive bowling wreaked havoc on the opposition's batting lineup. Awana delivered a mesmerizing spell, claiming 4 crucial wickets while conceding a mere 13 runs, thus dismantling Kandy Samp Army's batting order and significantly denting their chances of staging a comeback.

In the second game of the day, Dubai Giants bounced back with a win against Delhi Devils after their loss in the first game. The Thisara Perera-led side, in the absence of regular skipper Harbhajan Singh, chased down their target of 148, thanks to a solid show from their batters.

Batting first, Callum Ferguson fired all cylinders to score an unbeaten 57 off 36, which saw 4 fours and as many sixes, which saw Delhi Giants posting a respectable total of 147/5 from their stipulated 15 overs.

Coming to bat, Dubai Giants lost Solomon Mire for a golden duck. However, that did not deter them along the way, as both Shaun Marsh (44 of 30) and Gurkeerat Singh Mann (45 off 24) came out all guns blazing. The task was relatively easier for Dubai Giants as Saurabh Tiwary and skipper Thisara Perera combined to help them reach the finish line.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann guided Dubai Giants to victory over Delhi Devils in their Legends Cricket League 2024 clash on Saturday at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Gurkeerat Singh Mann guided Dubai Giants to victory over Delhi Devils in their Legends Cricket League 2024 clash on Saturday at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Photo: Legends Cricket Trophy
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Brief Scores:

Match 2:

Rajasthan Kings – 176/4 (Robin Uthappa – 72 off 30 balls; Parvinder Awana – 4 for 13 runs)

Kandy Samp Army – 132/8 (Kevin O’Brien – 50 off 30 balls)

Match 3:

Delhi Devils – 147/5 (Callum Ferguson – 57 off 36 balls)

Dubai Giants – 148/6 (Gurkeerat Singh Mann – 45 off 24 balls)

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