INM vs ASL Dream11 Prediction: India Maharajas and Asia Lions (INM vs ASL) will lock horns in the first game of Legends League. The league is one of its kind and will feature former cricket legends playing against each other. Both the teams would be looking to start with a victory, however, not playing cricket recently can be a major factor.
India Maharajas have got all the big names of the National team from the early 2000s. Under Virender Sehwag, they have a formidable leader who was in excellent form last year during the Road Safety tournament. Apart from him, all the eyes will be on Yuvraj Singh and Pathan brothers to light the stadium with some big shots. On the bowling front as well, Maharajas are well equipped in both pace and spin departments.
Probable playing XI: Virender Sehwag (C), Naman Ojha (WK), Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Yusuf Pathan, Venugopal Rao, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh, Manpreet Gony, P Ojha.
Asia Lions will be hoping to get better off Indian Maharajas in the opening encounter. They have a brilliant bowling attack, led by Shoaib Akhtar and Muralitharan. Their batting also looks solid with the big names from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. However, the strength of this team lies in the variety of all-rounders it has, with Shoaib Malik, Jayasuriya, Shahid Afridi and T Dilshan in their ranks. The team will be led by former Pakistani skipper Misbah Ul Haq.
Probable Playing XI: S Jayasuriya, T Dilshan, M Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Misbah Ul Haq (C), Kamran Akmal (WK), Shahid Afridi, Chaminda Vaas, Shoaib Akhtar, M Muralitharan, Umar Gul.
Match: India Maharajas vs Asia Lions Legends League Cricket 2022
Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground
Date: 20th January, 08:00 PM IST
Telecast: Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv App
The pitch like any other Middle East pitch is expected to dry and assist the spinners. The experience of the batters of playing spinners throughout their career should be helpful.
No injury updates from any of the two sides.
INM vs ASL Dream11 Key players
Virender Sehwag: The skipper and the most destructive batter of the Maharajas are Virender Sehwag. He opens the innings and scores at a rapid rate. The flat pitches of the middle east should be helpful for him to attack relentlessly.
Yusuf Pathan: The hard-hitting all-rounder can be a key player for India. He believes in scoring big shots and his handy off-spin can be used for middle overs. If Yusuf can find his form early in the tournament, he can be the game-changer for India.
RP Singh: The left-arm pacer can swing the ball around early on. With the match starting in the evening and a bit of wind expected in the stadium, RP Singh can turn out to be a lethal weapon in India’s armory.
T Dilshan: T Dilshan scored runs at a great average during the Road Safety tournament last year. His style of play suits the conditions and the T20 format. Apart from opening the batting, he can be a vital off-spinner as well and that can be an important factor for Lions.
Shahid Afridi: The all-rounder can be very effective with the leg spin. He bowls fast and doesn’t give much time to the batters to settle down. Apart from bowling his quota of 4 overs, Afridi can bat lower down the order and can score big shots during death overs.
M Muralitharan: One of the most lethal bowlers of his time, Murali can be a popular choice when you pick your fantasy XI. Murali is a wicket-taker and the slow wicket should help him to grab wickets for the Lions.
INM vs ASL Dream11 Small League Captain & Vice-Captain
- Virender Sehwag
- Yuvraj Singh
- T Dilshan
- M Muralitharan
INM vs ASL Dream11 Grand League Captain & Vice-Captain
- Shahid Afridi
- Yusuf Pathan
- RP Singh
The match looks an absolute close shave but the toss can be a big factor. Team chasing should be more comfortable as with not much cricket to back these players, it is difficult to determine the correct target. India Maharajas will be having an upper hand, considering that they have played together in past.
INM vs ASL Grand League Tips
- Select opening batters as the pitch is expected to be flat and if a batter gets set, it will be difficult to dismiss him.
- Spinners are expected to play a crucial role as the pitch is expected to assist spinners once the ball gets old.
- Select at least 3 all-rounders as that will help you in getting points in both the departments. Both the teams have multiple all-rounders.
INM vs ASL Dream11 Team
Wicket Keeper: Kamran Akmal
Batters: Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Malik, S Jayasuriya, Misbah Ul Haq
All-rounders: Shahid Afridi, Yusuf Pathan, S Afridi
Bowlers: Harbhajan Singh, S Akhtar, M MuralitharanTips4FantasySports-Telegram
Disclaimer: All our picks are based on an in-depth analysis of the stats between two playing teams. Please use these stats/teams as a reference for preparing your own teams.
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