Matchday 4: Nicholas Pooran goes berserk to smash 89 runs off just 26 balls

Northern Warriors’ captain Nicholas Pooran broke a number of records with his blistering knock of 89 in just 26 balls, which had 12 sixes and three fours. The West Indian now holds the record for the most number of sixes in the tournament (60), most sixes in an innings (12), and the most fifties in the four editions of the competition (5). He even smashed 32 runs in an over!

Although Pooran’s blitz was the highlight of the day, the other matches were also filled with top-notch action and entertainment. So let’s glance through what went down on the fourth day of The Abu Dhabi T10.

Jamie Overton guides Team Abu Dhabi to first win | Full scoreboard

Team Abu Dhabi finally tasted their first victory of the season after a Jamie Overton carnage got them past Pune Devils’ score with nine balls remaining.

Chasing 130 in ten overs, the Englishman Overton came out blazing at number seven after Pune Devils’ Hardus Viljoen sent back two settled batsmen in consecutive deliveries of the seventh over.

Needing 40 from 21, Jamie Overton smacked three maximums and four fours on his way to an 11-ball 38 which was more than enough to get Team Abu Dhabi across the target.

Earlier, it was Tom Kohler-Cadmore who took up the demolition job for the Pune Devils at the start of the match. He went on to smack a 21-ball fifty – his second on the trot.

After two fruitful partnerships, Kohler-Cadmore ended with an unbeaten 61 as the Devils posted 129/4 in their allotted overs, which proved to be insufficient.

Brief scores: Pune Devils 129/4 (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 61*, Obed McCoy 2/9) lost to Team Abu Dhabi 130/5 in 8.3 overs (Jamie Overton 38*, Hardus Viljoen 3/36) by 5 wickets.

Nicholas Pooran assault routs Bangla Tigers | Full scorecard

Opting to field first, the Bangla Tigers were right in the path of the Nicholas Pooran storm that left them absolutely annihilated.

The Northern Warriors’ captain, Pooran, battered the bowlers by sweeping, cutting and pulling the ball all across the stadium for 12 sixes and three fours.

The southpaw plundered a record-breaking 89 runs from 26 balls, and posted the biggest partnership in the history of the tournament, following a 122-run stand with Lendl Simmons.

The Northern Warriors posted the highest total of the season, a mammoth 162/4.

The Bangla Tigers did well in the chase, with their captain Andre Fletcher led the fightback with a valiant half-century. He found support from UAE international Chirag Suri as the two added 68 runs for the second wicket. 

In the end, the Tigers fell short by 30 runs. 

Brief score: Northern Warriors 162/4 (Nicholas Pooran 89, Karim Janat 2/18) beat Bangla Tigers 132/3 (Andre Fletcher 53, Wahab Riaz 1/9) by 30 runs.

Clinical all-round show leads Qalandars to third straight win | Full scoreboard

The Qalandars got off to a cautious start following a tidy bowling effort by the Deccan Gladiators, which had them reeling at 18/1 in the two powerplay overs. 

However, Qalandars’ captain Sohail Akhtar and Tom Banton hit the accelerator from the third over, scoring consistently at a rate of 12.

The captain continued his sublime form in 2020 ADT10 with a magnificent 71 not out from 31 balls, that featured five maximums and six fours as the team registered 118/3 in 10 overs.

Chasing 119 for the win, the Deccan Gladiators made a thoughtful approach and lost no wickets in the first four overs.

However, Qalandars’ Shahid Afridi initiated a batting collapse in the fifth over that produced a run-out and a stumping. The Gladiators lost two more batsmen in the next over and went from 45/0 in four overs to 51/4 in six.

The Kieron Pollard-led Gladiators could not recover as the starred batting line-up could only muster up 85/8 in their 10 overs, thereby losing the match by 33 runs.

Brief scores: Qalandars 118/3 (Sohail Akhtar 71*, Ravi Rampaul 1/17) beat Deccan Gladiators 85/8 (Mohammad Shahzad 27, Chris Jordan 3/8) by 33 runs