Good Evening! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Match 15 of the 2016 Masters Champions League (MCL) between Libra Legends and Leo Lions at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday. Libra Legends are currently at the bottom of the points table as they haven’t manage to win a single game form their four encounters. They have had a dreadful time in the tournament and will look for revival of fortunes in their fixture against Leo Lions. Leo Lions on the other hand are doing reasonable well as they are placed at third position with two wins and two losses from four outings so far.  The encounter will be an absorbing one as both the teams will look to climb up the points table.

Live Cricket Score: Libra Legends 190/6 | Overs 20 | Target 202 | Batsmen: Tim Ambrose 9(5), Ajay Ratra 5(2) Libra Legends fought hard but eventually fell short of 11 runs. They have now lost their all five matches of the tournament. Doeschate played a gem of an innings as he fired 67 off just 36 deliveries but didn’t manage to carry his team over the line. Leo Lions registered another victory and a well deserved.  OUT! Ryan ten Doeschate c Streak b Jarvis  67(63)

OUT! Ian Butler b Jarvis 31(17)

Live Cricket Score: Libra Legends 126/4 | Overs 15 | Target 202 | Batsmen: Ryan ten Doeschate 51(29), Ian Butler1(1) |   Ryan ten Doeschate playing a gem of an innings out there as he is firing with all guns. They need some massive runs in the final five overs and anything is possible if Doeschate bats throughout the innings. OUT! Simon Katich b Edwards 20(18)

Live Cricket Score: Libra Legends 79/3 | Overs 10 | Target 202 | Batsmen: Ryan ten Doeschate 22(14), Simon Katich 4(4) | Libra Legends have a mountain to climb and with every over the run rate has been climbing. In an attempt to accelerate the run rate Jacques Kallis lost his wicket to Johan Botha. The required run rate is well under reach as they need 123 runs more in 10 overs with seven wickets in hand. Michael Lumb too has been dismissed for 19 as Botha shattered his stumps, he would have been pivotal  the key as his prowess with the bat is well-known. OUT! Michael Lumb b Botha 19(13)

OUT! Jacques Kallis c Heath Streak b Johan Botha 23(21)

Sean Ervine b Mohammad Tauqir 5(8)

Live Cricket Score: Libra Legends 38/0 | Overs 3.5 | Target 202 | Batsmen: Michael Lumb 19(11), Jacques Kallis 17(12) | Libra are off to a good start with both the openers— Jacques Kallis and Michael Lumb pelting the ball hard from the word go. Libra requires more of these. They are chasing a hefty target and some more runs in quick time in the remaining deliveries of the powerplay will be an advantage in the middle overs.

INNINGS BREAK

Live Cricket Score: Leo Lions 201/3 | Overs 20 | Batsmen: Scott Styris 45(20), James Franklin 28(16) | Some really scintillating stuff from Leo Lions. They made a jaw-dropping 80 runs in the final 30 balls of the game and they did not lose a wicket in the endeavour. It was made possible due to some merciless batting by the likes of Scott Styris and James Franklin. Styris in particular scored an unbeaten 45 at an amazing strike rate of 225. He struck one boundary and five sixes in his knock. Leo Lions go way beyond 180; we were contemplating that could they reach 180 and they have posted 201. It will be an uphill task for Libra Legends to eclipse this total.

Live Cricket Score: Leo Lions 121/3 | Overs 15 | Batsmen: Scott Styris 1(1), James Franklin 2(2) | Both the set batters are back in the dugout. Hamish Marshall played a blinder of an innings, hitting 64 runs at an impressive strike rate of 164.10. He struck six boundaries and three maximums in his knock. Two new batsmen— captain Scott Styris and James Frankin are at the crease. Lions can reach 180 from here on but for that we will need some special destructive cameos from Styris and Franklin. OUT! Hamish Marshall c Tim Ambrose b Andy McKay 64(39), OUT! Brendan Taylor run-out Simon Katich & Ajay Ratra 26(25)

Live Cricket Score: Leo Lions 85/1 | Overs 10.3 | Batsmen: Hamish Marshall 40(27), Brendan Taylor 18(17) | Graeme Swann cleans up Neil Carter for a run-a-ball 21. Brendon Taylor has come to the middle. Hamish Marshall is only 10 short of his half century. For the Legends; Ian Butler and Brad Hogg are bowling at the moment. It has been some really good batting by the Lions till now. They have lost only one wicket half way down their innings; would had been even better if they had gone past 95 till now. OUT! Neil Carter b Graeme Swann 21(21)

Live Cricket Score: Leo Lions 42/0 | Overs 5 | Batsmen: Hamish Marshall 22(13), Neil Carter 16(17) | Hamish Marshall is going well but Neil Carter has struggled for timing. This has been a good start for the Leo Lions. They have gone at around eight runs per over, and the Libra Legends will want to take a wicket soon.

Live Cricket Score: Leo Lions 10/0 | Overs 2 | Batsmen: Hamish Marshall 6(5), Neil Carter 2(7) | Andy McKay opens bowling for the Libra Legends. Hamish Marshall and Neil Carter for the Leo Lions. Sean Ervine starts off from the other end. Quiet first two overs for Lions, but both these batsmen can step on it when needed.

Toss: Libra Legends opt to bowl first.

Teams:

Libra Legends: Jacques Kallis (c), Michael Lumb,  Sean Ervine, Ryan ten Doeschate, Simon Katich, Ajay Ratra (wk), Tim Ambrose, Grame Swann, Ian Butler, Brad Hogg, Andy McKay 

Leo Lions: SB Styris (c), Hamsih Marshall, Neil Carter, Brendan Taylor (wk), James Franklin,  Johan Botha, Heath Streak, Mohammad Tauqir, Kyle Jarvis, Ramesh Powar, Fidel Edwards

 Libra Legends will be led by Jacques Kallis and have some big names in the side with the likes of Sean Ervine, Brad Hogg, Simon Katich, Michael Lumb, Taufeeq Umar and Ryan ten Doeschate. They will look to win their first game of the league. Leo Lions on the other hand will look to pull up and add more agony on the losing Libra Legends side. They have some big names like Brian Lara, Herschelle Gibbs, Hamish Marshall, Robin Peterson and many more. They won their previous encounter against Sagittarius Strikers by five wickets and are boosting with confidence. They will look to continue their good run against Libra Legends. Expect a captivating encounter when these two giants collide at Sharjah.

Squads:

Libra Legends: Jacques Kallis (c), Graeme Smith, Brad Hogg, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ajay Ratra, Chris Read, Sean Ervine, Shaun Tait, Ryan Sidebottom, Michael Lumb, Marcus North, Taufeeq Umar, Nicky Boje, Ian Butler.

Leo Lions: Brian Lara (c), Johan Botha, Neil Carter, Fidel Edwards, James Franklin, Herschelle Gibbs, Darren Gough, Kyle Jarvis, Simon Jones, Hamish Marshall, Mohammad Tauqir, Robin Peterson, Ramesh Powar, Heath Streak, Scott Styris, Brendan Taylor