T10: Gayle smashes 84* off 22

Tanya Simon
February 4, 2021

Northern Warriors will take on Deccan Gladiators in the Match 18 of the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021 on Tuesday, 2 February 2021, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Chasing Maratha Arabians' moderate total of 97 runs, Gayle helped powered his team to victory in just 5.3 overs. He reached his half-century off just 12 balls and equaled the fastest half-century in T10 history held by Mohammad Shahzad for Rajputs in the 2018 edition.

Delhi Bulls with four wins from four matches are at the third spot while Team Abu Dhabi complete the top-four.

Put in to bat, the Arabians introduced UAE's 18-year-old Alishan Sharafu to open with Mukhtar Ali. Muhammad hit a boundary and a six off the primary two deliveries, and with two wides bowled in between, the equation got here down to a few runs wanted off 4 deliveries.

Qalandars got off to a poor start as opener Tom Banton was run out in the fifth ball of the first over, courtesy a mix-up with partner Sharjeel Khan. In the second innings, when Nicholas Pooran's Warriors were chasing 124 runs, Rohan Mustafa was caught shirtless.

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Rayad Emrit ended Wright's quick knock by forcing him to hit straight to Fabian Allen at mid-wicket for 33.

Senior Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez too followed, caught and bowled by Naveed Ul Haq, for 20 in the eighth over. Shoaib Malik hit two consecutive boundaries off the fourth and fifth deliveries of Naveed's over.

In reply, Abu Dhabi lost opener Paul Stirling (11 off 5) in the third over after a whirlwind start led by Gayle which he continued bringing the contest to an early end as they won their second contest of the ongoing tournament to improve their chances of making the Qualifiers.

After the dismissal of Stirling in the third over, Gayle brought up his fifty off 12 deliveries and proceeded to dominate an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 53 in 19 balls with Joe Clarke, who made a pedestrian five off six balls.

But Overton had other plans and in the company of Afghanistan's Najibullah Zadran (1 not out) added an unbeaten 40 runs for the sixth wicket to seal the win for Team Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi needed 13 runs from the last two overs.

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