Tempers flared during the Legends League Qualifier between Bhilwara Kings and India Capitals after Yusuf Pathan decided to confront the fast bowler Micthell Johnson for an ugly send-off.
It all happened in the 19th over, when Johnson conceded two sixes and a four on his first three balls against Yusuf. Naturally, Johnson was displeased with how things were going for him in the penultimate over. When he finally managed to prise out the wicket of Yusuf, on the last ball, Johnson uttered a mouthful while the former was walking towards the dugout.
Yusuf stopped and turned toward Johnson to confront him, and both of them were involved in a verbal duel. The umpire had to intervene to calm things down, but Johnson didn’t go before shoving Yusuf.
The clip of this heated altercation is going viral on the internet, and many fans noted how Johnson hasn’t lost even an ounce of the aggression from his playing days. Pathan, in his days, was rarely involved in such scenes, but he was visibly annoyed by Johnson’s brash demeanor.
The former Indian all-rounder smashed 48 off just 24 deliveries, and he was supported by Rajesh Bishnoi, who raced away to 36 off 11 deliveries, as the Kings finished the innings on 216/5.
Before Bishnoi and Yusuf, it was Shane Watson and William Porterfield, who laid the foundation with their composed half-centuries. The duo added a 116-run stand in just 11.4 overs.
For the Indian Capitals, Johnson picked up two wickets but ended up leaking 51 runs. The Capitals then had an underwhelming start to the chase, losing three crucial wickets for just 48. But Ross Taylor then ended up playing a blinder, amassing 84 runs off just 39 deliveries to turn the tide.
Taylor’s knock comprised nine fours and five sixes, and he forged two crucial partnerships, first with Dinesh Ramadin worth 62 runs, and then with Ashley Nurse before. Taylor was dismissed by Sudeep Tyagi, but Nurse stayed till the end to take his team across the target.
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