2020 ADT10 January 28, 2021 to February 06, 2021
It’s tough to match the might of Chris Gayle but Northern Warriors’ Waseem Muhammad also slammed the joint-fastest fifty as his team romped to a massive victory.
Apart from the hammering by these two batsmen, there was an abundance of action throughout the third day of the Super League stage in 2020 ADT10.
The Qalandars once again proved their strength in both departments of the game, thumping the Bangla Tigers by eight runs and maintaining their unbeaten record.
Batting first, Qalandars’ opener Tom Banton was sent back without adding any runs but captain Sohail Akhtar kept the scorers busy with his brutal hitting.
The skipper was once again the best batsman for his side with a sizzling 49 not out, decorated with six fours and a six.
The 49-run second-wicket partnership between Sohail Akhtar and Ben Dunk carried the team to 99/2 in nine overs. However, Afghan leggie Qais Ahmad bowled a tight last over to restrict the Qalandars to 104/3 at the end of 60 balls.
The Tigers’ chase suffered early setbacks as both openers were back to the dugout within 2.1 overs and only 14 runs on the scoreboard. English youngster Tom Moores tried to steady the ship but falling wickets on the other end kept run-rate climbing.
Needing 23 from that last two overs, Chris Jordan and debutant Mohammad Zahid bowled an incredible spell to give away only 12 and register the fifth consecutive victory for the Qalandars.
Brief scores: Qalandars 104/3 (Sohail Akhtar 49*, George Garton 1/8) beat Bangla Tigers 97/6 (Tom Moores 39, Sohail Tanvir 2/20) by 7 runs.
Chris Gayle finally came to The Abu Dhabi T10 party, smashing the ball to all parts of the ground right from the word go. No bowler was spared the wrath of the Universe Boss as he smashed nine sixes and six fours on his way to a blazingly-fast 84 not out.
Chris Gayle’s 12-ball fifty equalled the record for the fastest fifty in the history of the tournament and took the equation down to almost six an over in just 12 balls of the innings.
Team Abu Dhabi raced to the Maratha Arabians’ total of 97 in only 5.3 overs with nine wickets in hand.
Earlier, the Maratha Arabians’ openers struggled to get the bat on ball in the first over by Team Abu Dhabi’s Tom Helm, which ended as a maiden.
The UAE’s 18-year-old sensation Alishan Sharafu showed some promise with impressive strokemaking and hitting three sixes on his way to 33. Apart from the youngster, none of the batters proved effective against the strong bowling by Team Abu Dhabi.
The tidy bowling display by the home team prevented the Maratha Arabians from breaching the 100-run mark at the end of ten overs.
Brief scores: Maratha Arabians 97/4 (Alishan Sharafu 33, Obed McCoy 2/20) lost to Team Abu Dhabi 100/1 in 5.3 overs (Chris Gayle 84*, Mosaddek Hossain 1/22) by 9 wickets.
After Chris Gayle’s heroics in the previous match, it was Northern Warriors’ Waseem Muhammad’s turn to light up the stadium with his fireworks.
The Northern Warriors opener was in a mood to finish the 97-run chase as quickly as possible. After taking 17 in the first over, Waseem Muhammad slammed 35 runs in the second, hitting five sixes and a four, along with a no-ball from the bowler.
Scoring at a rate of a whopping 430.77, Waseem Muhammad equalled the record for the fastest half-century of the tournament, reaching the milestone in only 12 balls.
The Northern Warriors hit 11 sixes and six fours to finish the chase in 4.3 overs and ensure a thumping eight-wicket win over the Devils.
After electing to field, the Warriors gave away 30 runs in the first two overs but picked up the crucial wickets to keep the Pune Devils unsettled. After the big-hitting Kennar Lewis was dismissed at 55, the Pune Devils lost steam and struggled to add runs on the board.
South African pacer Wayne Parnell was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three wickets for five runs to confine the Pune Devils to a lowly 97/8 at the end of their allotted overs.
Brief scores: Pune Devils 97/8 (Nasir Hossain 27, Wayne Parnell 3/5) lost to Northern Warriors 98/2 in 4.3 overs (Waseem Muhammad 56, Sam Wisniewski 2/14) by 8 wickets.