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LLC 2023 India Capitals vs Urbanrisers Hyderabad, 5th Match Highlights: Urbanrisers Hyderabad won by 3 Runs

Stay updated with the highlights of the 5th match between India Capitals and Urbanrisers Hyderabad in the 2023 LLC. Get all the thrilling moments and key plays from this exciting cricket match.

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LLC 2023 India Capitals vs Urbanrisers Hyderabad 5th Match at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi

The Legends League Cricket 2023 witnessed an intense battle between the India Capitals and the Urbanrisers Hyderabad. The match, held at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Thursday, proved to be a nail-biting encounter that captivated cricket fans around the world. Urbanrisers Hyderabad emerged victorious, defeating India Capitals by a narrow margin of three runs. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the highlights and key moments from the match, showcasing the impressive performances from both teams.

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  URH vs INDCAP, 5th Match, Legends League Cricket 2023
 
  URS   189/5 (20)
  INDCAP   186/6 (20)
  Venue   JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
  Date & Time   Thurs, Nov 23, 03:00 PM IST
  Toss   INDCAP opt to bowl
  Player of the Match   Gurkeerat Singh Mann

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The Build-Up

The match between the India Capitals and the Urbanrisers Hyderabad generated immense excitement, primarily due to the intense rivalry between the two former India teammates, Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir. Raina led the Hyderabad team, which had already secured a 13-run victory over the Southern Superstars in the tournament opener. On the other hand, Gambhir's India Capitals were eager to open their account in the Legends League Cricket 2023.


Toss and Delayed Start

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The toss took place, and the India Capitals won the toss, electing to bowl first. However, the start of the match was delayed due to technical glitches, causing some anxious moments for the players and spectators alike. Nevertheless, the organisers resolved the issues, and the much-anticipated clash finally began.


Hyderabad's Solid Start and Early Dismissals

Once the match finally got underway, Urbanrisers Hyderabad's opening pair, Martin Guptill and Dwayne Smith, took the crease. However, their innings was short-lived as Isuru Udana and Rusty Theron dismissed Guptill and Smith early on, putting Hyderabad under pressure. Skipper Suresh Raina and Gurkeerat Singh Mann then took charge to stabilize the innings.

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Gurkeerat Singh Mann's Heroics

Gurkeerat Singh Mann played a gem of a knock, showcasing his batting prowess. His quickfire innings of 89 runs off just 54 balls powered Urbanrisers Hyderabad to a formidable total of 189/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Mann's innings included some powerful hitting, with Munaf Patel being particularly at the receiving end of his onslaught, conceding 18 runs in a single over.


India Capitals' Challenging Chase

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Chasing a target of 190 runs, India Capitals faced an early setback as their captain, Gautam Gambhir, was dismissed without scoring any runs. The Capitals lost four wickets within the powerplay overs, leaving them in a precarious position. However, Kevin Pietersen and Ricardo Powell joined forces to rebuild the innings.


Pietersen and Powell's Partnership

Pietersen and Powell showed great determination and skill as they kept the India Capitals in the fight despite the early wickets. Pietersen, in particular, played a crucial role, reaching his fifty and providing stability to the middle order. The duo's partnership took the Capitals past the 100-run mark, instilling hope in their fans.

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Ashley Nurse's Heroics

As the match entered its final stages, Ashley Nurse took charge and played a brilliant innings to keep the India Capitals in contention. His unbeaten knock of 41 runs off just 25 balls included some powerful hitting and crucial boundaries. With Rusty Theron providing support, the Capitals needed 11 runs in the last over.


Last Over Drama

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The final over of the match witnessed nail-biting tension as Peter Trego bowled a tight over, restricting Nurse and Theron from scoring the required 11 runs. Despite Nurse's valiant efforts, the Capitals fell just four runs short of the target, handing Urbanrisers Hyderabad a thrilling victory.


Raina vs Gambhir: An Intense Battle

The match also featured a captivating battle between two former India teammates and captains, Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir. Raina, leading the Hyderabad team, was in fine form, scoring 46 runs before being dismissed. On the other hand, Gambhir's India Capitals struggled to find their rhythm, unable to secure a win in the tournament thus far.


Key Performances

Several players stood out with their exceptional performances in the match. Gurkeerat Singh Mann's magnificent knock of 89 runs off 54 balls played a pivotal role in guiding the Urbanrisers Hyderabad to a competitive total of 189/4. Suresh Raina and Peter Trego also made valuable contributions with scores of 46 and an unbeaten 36* respectively.

For the India Capitals, Kevin Pietersen emerged as the star performer with an outstanding knock of 77 runs. His partnership with Ashley Nurse, who remained unbeaten on 41* off 25 balls, injected hope into the Capitals' chase. However, their efforts fell just short, resulting in a narrow defeat.


Playing XI

India Capitals Playing XI: Hashim Amla, Gautam Gambhir (c), Kirk Edwards, Ben Dunk (wk), Ricardo Powell, Ashley Nurse, Rusty Theron, Isuru Udana, KP Appanna, Pravin Tambe, Munaf Patel

Bench: Dilhara Fernando, Gnaneswara Rao, Fidel Edwards, Kevin Pietersen, Morne van Wyk, Bharath Chipli, Yashpal Singh, Ishwar Pandey


Urbanrisers Hyderabad Playing XI:
Dwayne Smith, Martin Guptill, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Suresh Raina (c), Peter Trego, Yogesh Nagar, Stuart Binny, Amit Paunikar (wk), Tino Best, Pawan Suyal, Chris Mpofu

Bench: Pragyan Ojha, Jerome Taylor, Chamara Kapugedera, Morne Morkel, Sudeep Tyagi, Tirumalsetti Suman, Asghar Afghan, Mohnish Mishra, Devendra Bishoo, Milind Kumar, Shivakant Shukla


Conclusion

The match between the India Capitals and the Urbanrisers Hyderabad in the Legends League Cricket 2023 provided fans with a thrilling contest. Both teams displayed exceptional skill and determination, captivating the audience with their performances. While the Urbanrisers Hyderabad emerged victorious, the India Capitals put up a valiant fight till the very end. This match served as a testament to the spirit of cricket and left fans eagerly anticipating the next encounter in the tournament.

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