WATCH: Unbelievable scenes as Imran Tahir smashes 52* to beat the India Maharajas in Legends League Cricket 2022
Imran Tahir is mostly known for bamboozling batters with his leg-breaks and googlies, and his audacious celebrations. But on Saturday, January 22, the world got to witness Tahir’s potential with the bat in hand. The now 42-year-old has four half-centuries in first class cricket, but he hasn’t done anything of significance while playing for the Proteas.
However, in the 2022 Legends League Cricket, the veteran played a stupendous knock of 52 runs off 19 balls with three fours and four sixes. With his herculean efforts, Tahir helped World Giants beat the India Maharajas by three wickets in Al Amerat.
Tahir came to bat when his team was struggling with their score at 160 for seven in the 17th over. At that point in time, the Giants needed 50 runs to win off 22 balls with only former Englishman Matthew Hoggard left to come.
From there on, Tahir threw the kitchen sink at everything and put on an unbeaten 50-run stand for the eighth wicket with Ryan Sidebottom off a mere 19 balls. After taking his team through to a win, Tahir was over the moon as he was seen celebrating with his teammates.
Here’s the video of Imran Tahir’s winning moments in the match
Unbelievable.. Imran Tahir has hit a 19 ball 50 to snatch victory from India.. seems like every South African under the sun has become superman against India.. and we were trolling KL Rahul when he said entire country is playing against India.. shame that we didn’t understand pic.twitter.com/51A15VxPrl
— Param Jain (@pune109) January 22, 2022
Watch the Video of that Last over here:
After opting to field first, the Giants faltered as the Maharajas racked up a colossal score of 209 for three on the board. Naman Ojha smashed his way to a 69-ball knock of 140, laced with 15 fours and nine sixes. Maharajas’ Skipper Mohammad Kaif lent him support, having scored a steady 47-ball 53 with one four and three sixes.
Yusuf Pathan, who got the Player of the Match award against the Asian Lions, hit a six off the only ball he faced. In the run-chase, Kevin Pietersen sparkled with a 27-ball 53, but the rest of the Giants’ batters found the going tough. Just when the Giants seemed down and out, Tahir came to the party and helped his team snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.