Legends League Cricket is all set for the inaugural edition of the much-anticipated tournament. Three teams will be participating in this edition of the tournament – India Maharajas, Asia Lions, and the World Giants. The First match of the tournament will be the INM vs ASL at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman on January 20. India Maharajas features legends and veterans of the Indian national team. The INM will be led by Virender Sehwag. With the likes of Yusuf Pathan and Yuvraj Singh in the line-up, fans can expect runs galore.
Their opponents for the tournament-opener, the Asia Lions, feature legends of the game from all Asian countries other than India. Led by Shahid Afridi, the Lions will look to have a winning start to the tournament. They are a strong bowling side, featuring the likes of Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Umar Gul. The presence of Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Shoaib Malik bolsters their batting unit. An exciting contest is on the cards as two of the tournament’s heavyweights battle out in the tournament-opener.
Time: 8:00 PM IST and 6:30 PM Local Time
Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman
Where to watch: Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv App
The wicket at Al Amerat Cricket Ground is a high-scoring one. The batsman will enjoy batting here as the wicket does not offer much to the bowlers. The team batting first will look on to post a total of 180+ on the scoreboard.
Conditions will be pleasant throughout the INM vs ASL contest. The temperature will be hovering around 24-28 degrees Celsius. There will be no interruptions in the game as the weather will remain clear.
Top Picks for INM vs ASL Dream 11
Virender Sehwag has smashed 4061 runs at a strike rate of 147.83 in 1579 T20 innings, and he should be able to maintain that level of energy in this encounter. His ability to heat up the first ball boundaries will once again be admired, making him a must-pick in your fantasy team.
Sanath Jayasuriya has 683 runs at a strike rate of 129.15 in 37 T20 innings to his name, including great performances at top of the batting order, which should help him find form from the very first match. He can come in handy with the bowl also which makes him another good pick in fantasy teams.
Yuvraj Singh has played some memorable innings during his T20 career, scoring 4857 runs at a strike rate of 128.8 and taking 80 wickets in 231 T20 innings. His ability to score runs while also taking vital wickets in the middle overs makes him our top pick for this match.
Muttiah Muralitharan has consistently surpassed expectations in domestic and international cricket. He’ll be back in action with his bowling action and spin wizardry, demonstrating why he’s the master of his business.
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 1 For INM vs ASL
Batters – Virender Sehwag (c), Sanath Jayasuriya, Shoaib Malik
Bowlers – Harbhajan Singh, Manpreet Gony, Muttiah Muralitharan
All-rounders – Shahid Afridi, Yuvraj Singh (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan
Wicket-Keeper – Kamran Akmal, Naman Ojha
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 2 For INM vs ASL
Batters – Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Malik (vc), Upul Tharanga
Bowlers – Umar Gul, Chaminda Vaas, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel
All-rounders – Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan (c), Mohammad Hafeez
Wicket-Keeper – Naman Ojha
Probable XI for INM vs ASL
INM: Naman Ojha (WK), Virender Sehwag (C), Subramaniam Badrinath, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, Maanpreet Gony, Pragyan Ojha
ASL: Kamran Akmal (WK), Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi (C), Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Kulasekara, Umar-Gul, Muttiah Muralitharan
Who will Win- Match Prediction
Looking at the current form and team combination, BN-U19 is expected to win this game and keep their hopes of progress to the next round alive. The CAN-U19 will be looking for a consolation win.
Disclaimer: The team is built upon the author’s understanding, analysis, and instincts. You can choose your team by considering the points above and making your own decision accordingly.