Yusuf Pathan stars as India Maharajas win charity match | Cricket News

KOLKATA: Yusuf Pathan smashed an undefeated fifty as Maharajas of India defeated Giants of the world by six wickets in a special charity game here Friday.
The game was played before League of Legends Cricketstarting here Saturday.
Yusuf, who slammed the second-fastest IPL fifty in 15-ball against Sunrisers Hyderabad here in their triumphant 2014 campaign, showed his old fury in a 35-ball 50 not out to drive them home with eight balls to spare.

Yusuf, winner of three IPL titles, hit all around Eden, including a massive six from Daniel Vettori in the stands as he stormed to lead the charge. In all, he hit two sixes and five fours.
No 3 Tanmay Srivastava (54) provided good support at the other end as the duo put together a decisive 103-game partnership after the Maharajas were reduced to 50/3 after the power play at the pursuit of a difficult 171.
It was time for Harbhajan to go back to this favorite place Gardens of Eden where he became the first Indian bowler to score a hat-trick in the epic 2001 Test victory over Australia.

Leading the team after Virender Sehwag opted out of captaincy, the veteran off-spinner knocked down Jacques Kallis around the legs and also took catches, including a well-judged running back to dismiss Romesh Kaluwitharana for having the crowd of 15,000 on its feet.
But the star of the day was big pacemaker Pankaj Singh, who came back with 5/26 which included a young girl as the World Giants went 170/8 after opting to strike.

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