Abu Dhabi T10 2022 | Day 2 Round-up

image-lavghekhDwaine Pretorius with a match-winning spell [Source: Twitter]

It was a triple header day (24 November) in the 6th edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, where teams like Morrisville Samp Army, Delhi Bulls, and New York Strikers won their respective games to open their accounts on the points table.

Morrisville Samp Army vs Bangla Tigers

In the third match of the tournament, newcomers Samp Army clashed with Bangla Tigers, who were playing their second game of the season. Shakib Al Hasan, the skipper of the Tigers, won the toss and decided to put the newbies in for a bat. 

Moeen Ali-led batting order didn't get a good start and lost wickets at regular intervals, which halted their proceedings for a while. 

It was Shimron Hetmyer (38 off 21), who steadied the middle overs, while the all-rounders Karim Janat (22* off 14) and George Garton (14* off 4) gave them a good finishing as they put exactly 100 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets. 

Benny Howell shone with the ball as he dented the opponents by picking a couple of wickets, while Matheesha Pathirana and Umair Ali scalped a wicket each.

Chasing the total, Bangla Tigers fell short by 15 runs, despite Hazratullah Zazai's (35 off 26) brilliant start. This was because of collective death-bowling efforts from Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, and Karim Janat. It was especially Pretorius, with an excellent three-fer, who restricted the Tigers to 85/3 in their allotted 10 overs. 

Morrisville Samp Army 100/5 (10)

Shimron Hetmyer 38(21), Karim Janat 22*(14);
Benny Howell 2/17(2), Matheesha Pathirana 1/10(2)

Bangla Tigers 85/3 (10)

Hazratullah Zazai 35(26), Evin Lewis 14(9);
Dwaine Pretorius 3/11(2)

Morrisville Samp Army won by 15 runs

Delhi Bulls vs Northern Warriors

It is never over until it's over as the famous say, we saw a heist from Delhi Bulls as they beat Northern Warriors in a last over thriller in the 4th match of the season.

Put into bat, the Bulls lost Rilee Rossouw very early in the mix. But Tom Banton (38 off 18) lit up the stadium with his blistering knock which consisted of 3 fours and as many sixes. 

Once Banton departed it was the Aussie finisher Tim David (42 off 18) who took centre stage to bombard 5 fours and 2 sixes in his mind blowing innings. Imad Wasim (17* off 9) struck a couple of lusty blows in the end overs to propel the team's total to 119/4 at the end of 10 overs. 

For the Warriors, Junaid Siddique picked two wickets, while Mohammad Irfan and Wayne Parnell finished with a wicket each.

Chasing a stiff target of 120, the Rovman Powell-led unit were in full control of the game despite losing both of their openers inside two overs. While Usman Khan (47 off 26) steered innings, Powell (25 off 13) and Sherfane Rutherford (26 off 12) played cameos, taking the team closer to the finishing line.

With seven needed off the final over, Dwayne Bravo handed the defensive duties to Shiraz Ahmed, who delivered a dream over, giving away just a single run (barring a bye run) and also picked three wickets to steal the win from the grasp of the Warriors by 4 runs.

Delhi Bulls 119/4 (10)

Tim David 42(18), Tom Banton 38(18);
Junaid Siddique 2/27(2), Mohammad Irfan 1/14(2)

Northern Warriors 115/6 (10)

Usman Khan 47(26), Sherfane Rutherford 26(12), Rovman Powell 25(13);
Shiraz Ahmed 3/1(1), Richard Gleeson 1/13(2)

Delhi Bulls won by 4 runs

New York Strikers vs The Chennai Braves

A complete team performance helped New York Strikers register their first win in the history of the tournament as they defeated the Chennai Braves comprehensively. 

Invited to bat first, the Strikers rode on Paul Stirling's 15-ball 32 and a couple of finishing touches given by Romario Shepherd (19 off 7) and Jordan Thompson (15* off 6), posted 99/6 in their allotted 10 overs.

To be exact, the bowling unit of the Braves led by James Fuller, who scalped three main wickets of the Kieron Pollard-led unit, alongside his co-bowlers, restricted their opposition. 

One would have thought that the target of 100 would be a walk in the park, but the side led by Sikandar Raza didn't turn up with the bat and were behind the game from the beginning itself. 

Apart from Carlos Brathwaite (22* off 14) and Vriithya Aravind (18* off 8), no one entered the double digits. For New York Strikers, Akeal Hosein and Jordan Thompson scalped a couple of wickets, while Romario Shepherd and Wahab Riaz chipped in with a wicket each.

New York Strikers 99/6 (10)

Paul Stirling 32(15), Romario Shepherd 19(7);
James Fuller 3/15(2), Sikandar Raza 1/12(2)

The Chennai Braves 72/6 (10)

Carlos Brathwaite 22*(14), Vriithya Aravind 18*(8);
Akeal Hosein 2/6(2), Jordan Thompson 2/11(2)

New York Strikers won by 27 runs

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