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The Legends League Cricket which rather started off subtly has echoed its essence throughout the cricketing world and serves to be an ideal example to prove age is just a number. The tournament featured some of the finest former cricketers of the game and there was no shortage of competition as we saw the legends show the same vigor as before.

We witnessed an enthralling final match in the group stages as the spirited India Maharajas with the help of former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan and opener Naman Ojha almost chased down a humongous target of 229 runs. However, the brilliance of Brett Lee ensured the Giants finished on the winning side.

The finals of the Legends League Cricket 2022 are now set to take place between the World Giants and Asia Lions at the Al Amerat Stadium, this Saturday. Both sides have a star-studded side and the onus will be once again on the proactive former English batsman Kevin Pietersen and the Lankan trio of Dilshan, Jayasuriya, and Upul Tharanga.

The teams have played each other twice in this season and stand apiece on the head-to-head count. Can the World Giants continue their incredible form? Or will the star-studded Asian side bat their way to the silverware?

Match Toss Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)

Match Start Time: 18:30 Local (20:00 IST)

Match Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman

Head to Head

Matches Played: 2, World Giants: 1, Asia Lions: 1

Weather conditions and pitch

World Giants vs Asia Lions pitch

Team news

The World Giants are likely to feature the same Xl as there seems no reason to fiddle with the combination. Imran Tahir, who left the tournament to join Multan Sultans in the ongoing Pakistan Super League will definitely be missed by the Giants.

Asia Lions have to be content with their playing Xl as they do not have many options in their arsenal given many of the players are missing out after contracting the virus. The only possible change could be the replacement of Dilhara Fernando with the Pakistani spearhead Shoaib Akhtar.

Probable Playing Xl

World Giants (WG): Kevin Pietersen, Herschelle Gibbs, Phil Mustard (wk), Jonty Rhodes, Albie Morkel, Kevin O Brien, Daren Sammy (c), Morne Morkel, Brett Lee, Monty Panesar, Ryan Jay Sidebottom

Asia Lions (LIO): Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Upul Tharanga (wk), Asghar Afghan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Mohammad Rafique, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dilhara Fernando/Shoaib Akhtar

Must-Picks

Opener Kevin Pietersen and Upul Tharanga are no-brainers as they have been in impeccable form and with both in contention to finish as the highest run-getters of the tournament, we can expect them to come out all guns blazing for the finale.

Wicket-keeper batsman Phil Mustard and Asia Lions all-rounder Asghar Afgan are the two other must-picks. Considering how the Irish all-rounder Kevin Oโ€™ Brien has contributed in both departments, he is likely to be a great asset in the fantasy line-up.

World Giants vs Asia Lions fantasy team

World Giants vs Asia Lions fantasy team
Cricwizz fantasy team

Captain and Vice-captain picks

Kevin Pietersen Upul tharanga
Kevin Pietersen (C) and Upul Tharanga (Vc)

Prediction

If we give by the form of the players, the World Giants definitely have the upper hand as their top three have been firing at will. The Asia Lions batting has not clicked yet but given they have few of the greatest bowlers of all time in their line-up, they have managed to stay in the hunt.

It will be a clash between the in-form batsmen and the greatest bowlers. We feel the Lions will just edge past the Giants in this encounter.

Cricwizz predicts Asia Lions to win the Legends League Cricket 2022 title.

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