Parthiv Patel powers Gujarat Giants to second win in LLC

Lucknow, Sep 20 (IANS) Parthiv Patel demonstrated he actually holds his standing of being a pocket-sized force to be reckoned with as he crushed a 17-ball 34 on Monday to help the Virender Sehwag-drove Gujarat Monsters secure a two-wicket win against Harbhajan Singh’s Manipal Tigers in the fourth match of the Legends Association Cricket (LLC).

The Monsters have won two-out-of-two matches and possess the best position on the focuses table.

Pursuing Manipal Tigers’ 120/8, Parthiv’s raid, which included six limits and a six, assisted the Goliaths with polishing off the coordinate with 16 balls in excess, yet they lost eight wickets in the pursuit, giving Sehwag a few restless minutes.

On a difficult pitch at the Ekana Arena here, the previous India wicketkeeper-player, who brags a T20 strike rate 123.84, changed the tone of the match after the Monsters battled toward the beginning.

Previous Zimbabwe pacer Chris Mpofu excused Sehwag and Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second over of the Monsters’ pursuit. In any case, Parthiv took the assault to the resistance camp by hitting three back to back limits in the third finished, bowled by English speed bowler Ryan Sidebottom.

Parthiv followed that up with a six and three additional fours in the following over, bowled by Mpofu. The left-given hitter was at long last out for 34, yet by then he had made the Tigers bowlers insecure. The Tigers attempted to hook their direction back late in the coordinate with Harbhajan (2/23) and Muttiah Muralitharan (2/10) getting four wickets between them.

The Monsters were fixed back, however Graeme Swann hit two fours in the seventeenth over to deliver the strain. The Goliaths at long last won in 17.2 overs when Murali bowled a wide.