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T10 League: Abu Dhabi win, Chennai horror show continues

In the first match of Sunday, Team Abu Dhabi beat Chennai Braves.

Now, Team Abu Dhabi is in the 2nd position on the points table.

This was the 8th straight loss for Chennai Braves in this tournament and they haven’t won a single game so far.

Team Abu Dhabi registered their 6th victory today after 2 successive losses in the previous 2 games.

Once again the toss played a big role in the result of the match.

It has now become a trend to just win the toss elect to bowl first and then chase the total to win the game.

Team Abu Dhabi also followed the same trend and elected to bowl first after winning the toss.

Chennai Braves lost the in-form Rajapaksa in the 3rd over who was dismissed on just 14 runs off 7 balls.

Muhammad Shahzad played a wonderful inning of 53 runs off just 30 balls, smashing 4 fours and 4 sixes.

He is a wonderful striker of the ball and today he showed his power with the bat.

He was the highest run-scorer for his side in this match.

None of the other Chennai Braves batters scored more than even 15 runs in the innings. 

Ravi Bopara scored a quick 15 runs off 7 balls (1 four and 1 six) in the end to get his side over the 100 run mark.

Chennai Braves ended up their innings with a score of 107-6 on the board.

Skipper Liam Livingston was brilliant with the bowl for Team Abu Dhabi as he picked up 3 wickets (including the important wicket of M. Shahzad) in his 2 overs and he conceded only 17 runs 

The target of 108 runs proved to be a very task for Team Abu Dhabi as they chased down the total in just 7 overs with 7 wickets in hand.

Phil Salt was outstanding with the bat, he played an astonishing knock 63 runs off just 20 deliveries including 4 fours and 7 sixes.

He was playing with a strike rate of over 300.00 before getting out in the 7th over.

Chris Gayle also played a short but entertaining cameo of 30 runs off 16 balls including 2 fours and 2 sixes.

Mark Deyal picked up two wickets for 16 runs in his 2 overs.

Chennai Braves      107-6 (10 overs)

M. Shahzad 53(30)    Livingstone 3-17                                                                                                            R.Bopara     15*(7)     Overton      1-10

Team Abu Dhabi    111-3 (7 overs)

Salt    63 (20)         M. Deyal  2-16                                                                                                                        Gayle 30*(16)       Camphor  1-26

Gladiators beat Warriors

A team effort from Deccan Gladiators helped them to beat Northern Warriors in the second match played today on Sunday.

Deccan Gladiators are now the table-toppers after this victory.

On the other hand, Northern Warriors are on the 5th spot on the points table. 

This was one of the rare instances in Abu Dhabi that a team has won a match after losing the toss.

Northern elected to field first after winning the toss.

Deccan Gladiators lost an early wicket in the second over but that didn’t break their momentum as they continued to score quick runs even when the wickets were falling.

Gladiators finished their innings on a score of 134-5, which is a good score. 

Tom Moores scored 39 runs off 19 balls including 4 fours and 2 sixes.

Odean Smith also played a crucial knock of 32 runs of just 11 balls in the end.

He smashed 2 fours and 2 sixes in his innings.

Oshane Thomas bowled a brilliant spell, he picked up 3 wickets for just 19 runs in his 2 overs.

He was well sported by Imran Tahir, who also picked up a wicket for 18 runs in his spell.

The Deccan Gladiators bowlers did a fantastic job to defend this target because bowling second on this pitch is never easy but they bowled superbly to restrict the opposition 15 runs short of victory.

All the top 4 batters of Northern Warriors get a good start of 20 plus runs but all of them failed to convert these 20s into a match-winning 40 or 50.

Wahab Riaz was outstanding today, he picked up only 1 wicket but the main thing is the economy with which he bowled today.

Wahab has given just 13 runs from his 2 overs today with an economy of 6.50 which is unbelievable in the T10 format.

He was awarded Player of the match due to this brilliant performance.

Deccan Gladiators     134-5 (10 overs) 

Moores   39 (19)              Thomas  2-19                                                                                                                       O. Smith 32 (11)               Tahir      1-18

Northern Warriors   115-4 (10 overs)

Whiteley 26 (13)              Wahab  1-13                                                                                                               Powell     25(18)                Russell  1-23 

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