Recent Match Report – 2022/23 Giants vs Lions Final

Asia lions 148 for 3 (Dilshan 58, Tharanga 57) count World giants 147 for 4 (Kallis 78*, Razzak 2-14) with seven wickets

Tillakaratne Dilshan (58 from 41) and Upul Tharanga (57 from 28) struck fiery half-centuries to take Asia Lions to the Legends League Masters title with a seven-wicket win over World Giants in the final in Doha on Monday.

Tharanga and Dilshan began their pursuit of 148 aggressively. Dilshan hit two consecutive boundaries in the first over, while Tharanga soon joined by hitting a pitch to Samit Patel for a six-over long-on.

There was no rest for the World Giants in the power play as the former Sri Lanka duo continued to attack in pursuit. Tharanga made good use of his feet to hit Richardo Powell for a six on the fourth delivery of the fifth over. He then came down the track only to skip it later in the over one. His opening partner Dilshan took advantage of the last over of the power play when he hit three boundaries from Chris Mpofu.

By the end of the power play, Asia Lions had hit 72, the record for most runs in the power play in this tournament, which nearly ended the chase.

The partnership continued to blossom even after the power play, as the openers found boundaries throughout before their 115-run tie was broken by Brett Lee. Tharanga tried to make way but missed a straight delivery from Lee. Tharanga finished the tournament as the highest points scorer.

The boundaries dried up after that dismissal, but Asia Lions went through the chase even after Dilshan was dismissed for a 42-ball 58. Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq crossed the line with seven wickets and 23 balls left.

Earlier, World Giants got off to a slow start after opting to strike. Their new opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Morne van Wyk could score just nine runs in the first 15 balls, setting the tone for the rest of the innings.

The pressure mounted on Van Wyk after failing to score in his first seven deliveries. He tried to cut off an armball from Abdur Razzak in the third over but could only get a bottom edge on the stumps. His opening partner Simmons appeared to have good contact in his 17-ball innings, including a four and a six, before a beautiful fielding effort from Sohail Tanvir put him out.

It was mostly a Jacques Kallis show after those early layoffs as he sent the World Giants from 19 for 3 to 147 for 4. Kallis started his innings cautiously, dealing mostly in singles before hitting his first boundary in the sixth over.

After that, Kallis and Ross Taylor carefully rebuilt the World Giants innings. The first boundary after the power play came on 33 balls when Kallis threw Shahid Afridi’s delivery over midwicket.

That changed the momentum of the game as Kallis and Taylor found the line more consistent in their 92-run partnership. That tie was broken in the 17th when Taylor missed a straight throw from Thisara Perera.

Kallis continued his fine display of end-overs to help his side collect 26 runs from the last two overs, including a boundary and two sixes, to help World Giants finish 147 for 4.