Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021 got underway on Thursday (January 28) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. A total of three matches were played on the opening day of the tournament. In the tournament-opener, reigning champions Maratha Arabians locked horns against Northern Warriors while in the second match, Pune Devils took on Deccan Gladiators. The third and final match of the day saw Delhi Bulls fighting it out against Bangla Tigers.
Here is a roundup of the first day of the Abu Dhabi T10 League:
Maratha Arabians vs Northern Warriors
Defending champions Maratha Arabians started their title defence in style as they thrashed the Warriors by five wickets. Asked to bat first, the Warriors scored 127 for two in the allotted 10 overs with Simmons’ unbeaten 31-ball 54 being the best effort. In reply, the Arabians chased down the total in exactly ten overs. Abdul Shakoor starred with the bat, scoring a 14-ball fifty and going on to smash 73 off 28 balls.
Northern Warriors 127 for 2 (Lendl Simmons 54, Brandon King 29; Muktar Ali 1-19) lost to Maratha Arabians 131 for 5 (Abdul Shakoor 73; Fabian Allen 2-11) by five wickets.
Pune Devils vs Deccan Gladiators:
Pune Devils started their campaign with an impressive 7-wicket win over last edition’s runners-up Deccan Gladiators. Asked to bat first, the Gladiators finished their innings on 104 for 5. Azam Khan top-scored for his side, scoring an unbeaten 37 off 13 balls. For the Devils, their skipper Nasir Hossain picked up 3 wickets for 18 runs. With the bat, the Devils chased down the total with four balls to spare. Opener Kennar Lewis led the charge with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 57 to take his team home.
Deccan Gladiators 104 for 5 (Azam Khan 37*, Cameron Delport 25; Nassir Hossain 3-18) lost to Pune Devils 106 for 3 (Kennar Lewis 57*; Ravi Rampaul 1-13) by seven wickets.
Delhi Bulls vs Bangla Tigers:
In the last game of the day, Delhi Bulls thrashed Bangla Tigers by seven wickets to get off to a winning start in the competition. Batting first, the Tigers piled up 128 for 2 in the allotted 10 overs thanks to an unbeaten knock of 73 from opener Johnson Charles. He also shared a 101-run stand with Andre Fletcher for the first wicket. But Charles’ fine knock went in vain as the Bulls chased down the total with 7 balls remaining. Rahmanullah Gurbaz top-scored for the Bulls, scoring 41 while Ravi Bopara also played a crucial 38-run knock.
Bangla Tigers 128 for 2 (Johnson Charles 73; Fidel Edwards 1-17) lost to Delhi Bulls 129 for 3 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 41, Ravi Bopara 38; Karim Janat 2-34) by seven wickets.