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Watch: Kumar Sangakkara smash 86 in MCL debut

The inaugural edition of the Masters Champions League kicked off with the Gemini Arabians facing off against the Libra Legends. Kumar Sangakkara rolled back the yeast with a whirlwind innings of 86 off just 43 deliveries. Playing at the picturesque Dubai International stadium, the MCL kicked off with a bang.

While former Indian opener Virender Sehwag and South African Richard Levi laid the much-needed foundation for the Arabians’ innings, it was Kumar Sangakkara who stole the show. The classy left-handed batsman, currently enjoying a stint with English club Surrey cut loose following his slow start. (Also watch: Shreyas Iyer takes stunning catch in Deodhar Trophy)

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Making a slow yet steady start to his innings, the former Sri Lankan skipper found himself at 17 off 21 deliveries with the run rate at 8 per over. However, in spite of the slow start, Sangakkara cut loose, smashing the Libra Legends bowlers to all parts of the Dubai International stadium.

Facing a rather feeble attack including Ryan ten Doeschate, Andy McKay and  Ian Butler, Sangakkara spared none as he compiled the remaining 60 odd runs in a mere 20 deliveries. the 38-year-old former wicketkeeper-batsman produced a similar knock when Sri Lanka picked up a fantastic win over India in 2014 ICC World T20 final, thus helping Sri Lanka pick up their first cricketing silverware since 1996.

The Gemini Arabians picked up a massive 78 run win over the Libra Legends in spite of a fighting 53 from Ryan ten Doeschate. Kumar Sangakkara was rightly selected as the man of the match following his match-winning knock of 86 off 43 balls.

Watch: Kumar Sangakkara smash 86 in MCL debut

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