Matchday 2: Evin Lewis smashes 33 runs in an over

Delhi Bulls’ opener Evin Lewis slammed two fours and seven sixes, including five in one over, en route his 16-ball half-century to beat the Maratha Arabians by nine wickets and five overs to spare. The Bulls now have two wins in two games in The Abu Dhabi T10 and a net run-rate above five.

The second day again witnessed the teams batting second having the upper hand in all matches. Let’s take a look at all the action that was on offer on day two of 2020 ADT10.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s fifty in vain as Qalandars sink Pune Devils | Full scorecard

Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s fifty and a solid 69-run partnership with Darwish Rasooli helped the Pune Devils reach a respectable 107/2 in their allotted overs. Even though Kennar Lewis, hero in the last match, got out cheaply, Pune Devils managed to ride on Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s first T10 fifty, managed in 23 balls.

Qalandars’ Samit Patel and Azmatullah Omarzai proved costly, the duo bowled two overs and conceded 36 runs, but a disciplined bowling display in the death by the rest ensured they were in the game.

However, it took Qalandars just 7.1 overs to beat the Pune Devils after Tom Banton’s 18-ball 45 set the tempo early on. Tom Banton blasted 21 off the second over, hitting two sixes and two fours off a Munis Ansari over.

Qalandars captain Sohail Akhtar and Sharjeel Khan then capitalised on the momentum to comfortably chase down the target.

Brief scores: Pune Devils 107/2 (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 54, Sultan Ahmed 1/12) lost to Qalandars 108/1 in 7.1 overs (Tom Banton 45, Munis Ansari 1/22) by 9 wickets

Maratha Arabians no match for Evin Lewis’ assault | Full scorecard

Choosing to bowl first, the Delhi Bulls mounted pressure right from the start, rarely giving any opportunities to the Maratha Arabians batsmen. The hero from day one Abdul Shakoor was out for a duck in the second ball of the innings with the Maratha Arabians slumping to 41/3 at the halfway mark.

Arabians’ captain Mosaddek Hossain and Javed Ahmadi tried to steady the ship but clinical bowling from the Bulls meant the defending champions could only muster up 87/4 at the end of 10 overs.

In the defence, the Arabians got an early breakthrough, but it was all downhill after that. The powerful West Indian, Evin Lewis, demolished the Arabians by pounding the ball all across the park.

He blasted 33 runs in the fifth over, hitting five maximums and flying to his fifty as the Bulls blazed to victory with 30 balls remaining.

Brief scores: Maratha Arabians 87/4 (Mosaddek Hossain 35, Amad Butt 1/7) lost to Delhi Bulls 89/1 in 5 overs (Evin Lewis 55, Yamin Ahmadzai 1/12) by 9 wickets

Bowlers rule the night as Gladiators thump Team Abu Dhabi | Full scoreboard

Team Abu Dhabi did not have the best of starts to their T10 campaign as they lost two wickets in the first over, including that of Chris Gayle. They struggled to make runs against the exceptional bowling performance by the Deccan Gladiators, with Zahoor Khan being the pick of the bowlers with three for 13 at a mean economy of 6.5. 

However, gritty efforts by captain Luke Wright and England’s Joe Clark helped the team to a decent total of 95/9 in 10 overs.  

With the firepower the Gladiators possess in their lineup, the total proved to be too little to defend for Team Abu Dhabi. South African Cameron Delport led the chase with a solid 40 (24), along with Kieron Pollard’s 24 (17).

Some late drama unfolded in the last over when Kieron Pollard and Azam Khan were ousted in consecutive deliveries but Sunil Narine finished the business calmly with two balls remaining.

Brief scores: Team Abu Dhabi 95/9 (Luke Wright 25, Zahoor Khan 3/13) lost to Deccan Gladiators 98/4 in 9.4 overs (Cameron Delport 40, Jamie Overton 18/3) by 6 wickets.