Gladiators’ win in the eliminator
Abu Dhabi, Deccan Gladiators opener and skipper Nicholas Pooran and Kohler Tom-Cadmore pulverised Bangla Tigers’ attack to record an emphatic ten-wicket win in the eliminator of the Abu Dhabi T10 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Pooran hit a rollicking unbeaten 70 off just 25 balls with eight boundaries and five sixes while consistent Kohler-Cadmore remained unconquered on 43 off 16 balls with four boundaries and three sixes to race past Bangla Tigers challenging total of 112 for 6 in 10 overs with 20 balls to spare.
Bangla Tigers looked to have set a winning total through Gulbadin Naib, playing his first match, cracking an unbeaten 52 off 26 balls with three boundaries and two sixes.
Deccan Gladiators needed only 16 runs to win at the half way mark and the pair’s century partnership came in 5.1 overs. Pooran hit the winning boundary off the fourth ball of the seventh over.
Deccan Gladiators bt Bangla Tigers by 10 wkts.
Bangla Tigers 112 for 6 in 10 overs (Pathum Nissanka 25, Gulbadin Naib 52n.o, Nuwan Thushara 2 for 22, Andre Russell 2 for 21)
Bangla Tigers 114 for no loss in 6.4 overs (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 43n.o, Nicholas Pooran 70n.o)
Player of the Match: Nicholas Pooran
Abu Dhabi T10: New York Strikers reach final
New York Strikers’ left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein’s deadly five-wicket haul which included a hat-trick and their opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s half-century carried their team into the final of the Abu Dhabi T10.
Morrisville Samp Army were restricted to 80 for 9 through Hosein’s spell of five wickets for just six runs from his two overs. New York Strikers’ impressive total of 121 for 5 in 10 that was carved out of Gurbaz’s brilliant 56 off 28 balls with five sixes and four boundaries. Table toppers Samp Army crashed to a 41-run defeat in the Qualifier 1 match at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
New York lifted their game when it mattered most as they had lost to Samp Army in their last league round match on Thursday night. Samp Army had even bowled out New York for 70 runs in that match. In this match, Samp Army slipped before the bowling of Hosein’s destructive first over.
Hosein with the third ball got Andries Gous clean bowled with a delivery that went through his defence. The fourth ball saw Dewald Brevis play into the hands of Karunaratne at point. With the fifth ball, he clean-bowled Ibrahim Zadran, who went for a cut and played onto his wicket. He became the eighth player to bag a hat-trick in Abu Dhabi T10.
New York Strikers bt Samp Army by 41 runs.
New York Strikers 121 for 5 in 10 overs (Rahmanulah Gurbaz 56, Qais Ahmad 2 for 24)
Samp Army 80 for 9 in 10 overs (Jason Holder 22, Qais Ahmad 31n.o, Akeal Hosein 5 for 6, Muhammad Jawadullah 2 for 13)
Player of the Match: Akeal Hosein