Bangla Tigers displayed a spirited all-round sport to defeat defending champions Maratha Arabians by six wickets, within the seventh match of the Abu Dhabi T10 on the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Arabians, regardless of not shedding any wicket, may muster solely 103 runs of their ten overs. Mohammad Hafeez’s unbeaten 61 off 30 balls went in useless. Abdul Shakoor performed second fiddle with an unbeaten 34 runs. Having received the toss, Bangla Tigers promptly elected to discipline. Maratha Arabians’ opener Hafeez dangerously edged the primary ball from Mohammad Irfan previous the wicketkeeper for a boundary. He picked a boundary off the second ball too. Mujeeb Ur Rehman bowled a good second over freely giving simply seven runs. Leg spinner Qais Ahmed too bowled a good third over giving simply 5 runs.
UAE’s Abdul Shakoor scored two consecutive boundaries off George Garton, who bowled the fourth over. When Qais bowled one other tight over freely giving solely 4 runs within the fifth over, Maratha Arabians had mustered solely 37 runs on the midway mark. In the following over, Shakoor pulled Irfan for a six. Though the opening partnership swelled, runs didn’t circulate as desired.
In the eighth over, Hafeez punished Mujeeb for 2 boundaries and a six. He additionally earned a boundary off a large, which even the wicketkeeper couldn’t accumulate, leading to 21 runs off that over. Hafeez reached his half-century within the fifth ball of the ninth over, and celebrated it by hitting a six off the final ball. The 100 runs partnership got here within the third ball of the tenth over.
Karim Janath bowled an excellent tenth over yielding simply six runs. Hafeez remained unbeaten on 61 off 30 balls whereas Shakoor, taking part in the identical variety of balls, remained unbeaten on 34. It was an excellent bowling effort from Bangla Tigers.
Chasing the goal, the Tigers misplaced wickets at common intervals however scored at a brisk tempo and received the match with 12 balls to spare. Bangla Tigers openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher may get solely seven runs, from the primary over from Yamin Ahmadzai. But within the second over, Charles hit Sompal Kami for a six over deep mid-wicket. He additionally picked the hole appropriately to realize a boundary by way of a lower shot off Muktar Ali, after which hit him for a robust six over long-on. With the final ball of the over, Ali compelled Charles to edge to wicketkeeper Shakoor for 23. This was the primary wicket to fall within the day.
Fletcher was then joined by Afif Hossain. Arabians’ skipper Mosaddek Hossain then bowled a nasty over, and was punished by Fletcher who hit him for 2 sixes and a boundary to select 20 runs off that over. At the midway stage, Bangla Tigers wanted 43 runs to succeed in the goal. Then Fletcher fell to Sohag Gazi hitting excessive to Hafeez for 31. This introduced in UAE’s Chirag Suri to the crease. He started by hitting Gazi straight over the sightscreen for a six. Suri’s associate Afif Hossain too slog-swept Gazi for a six.
When Afif additionally whipped Ahmadzai for a six, Bangla Tigers appeared set for a simple victory. Ahmadzai acquired Afif out for 22, by which era Bangla Tigers wanted solely 13 extra runs from the final three overs. Suri hit his second six lifting Ishan Malhotra over long-on and acquired run out for 19. Tom Moores hit the profitable boundary off the final ball of the eighth over.
Brief scores: Maratha Arabians 103/0 (Mohammad Hafeez 61*, Abdul Shakoor 34*); Bangla Tigers 105/4 (Johnson Charles 23, Andre Fletcher 31).
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