The penultimate day of the Super League stage of the ongoing Abu Dhabi T10 League saw six teams fighting it out for a place in the playoffs. In the first game of the day, high-flying Qalandars were up against Bangla Tigers before Maratha Arabians locked horns against Team Abu Dhabi. In the third and last game of the day, Northern Warriors were up against Pune Devils.
Here is the roundup of the day 7 of the Abu Dhabi T10 League:
Bangla Tigers vs Qalandars:
In the first game of the day, Qalandars beat Bangla Tigers by seven runs in a thrilling encounter to register their fifth win on the trot. Invited to bat first, the Qalandars scored 104 for 3 in the stipulated 10 overs. Their in-form captain Sohail Akhtar made the difference with the bat and played an unbeaten knock of 49 while Ben Dunk also played a crucial knock of 31. In reply, the Bangla Tigers could only manage 97 for 6. Barring Tom Moores, who scored 39, no other batsmen could play a substantial knock.
Qalandars 104 for 3 ( Sohail Akhtar 49, Ben Dunk 31; George Garton 1-8) beat Bangla Tigers 97 for 6 ( Tom Moores 39; Sohail Tanvir 2-20) by seven runs.
Maratha Arabians vs Team Abu Dhabi:
In the next game of the day, Team Abu Dhabi beat Maratha Arabians by nine wickets thanks to a whirlwind knock from their star opener Chris Gayle. Maratha Arabians could only post 97 for 4 after being asked to bat first. Opener Alishan Sharafu’s 33 was the top-scorer from their side. In reply, Team Abu Dhabi chased down the total in just 5.3 overs with Gayle slamming an unbeaten 84 off just 22 balls. His stunning knock was studded with six fours and 9 sixes.
Maratha Arabians (Alishan Sharafu 33; Obed McCoy 2-20) lost to Team Abu Dhabi 100 for 1 (Chris Gayle 84*; Mosaddek Hossain 1-22) by nine wickets.
Northern Warriors vs Pune Devils:
In the final game of the day, Northern Warriors thrashed struggling Pune Devils by eight wickets to register their fifth consecutive win. Asked to bat first, the Devils started well with their openers adding 30 in first two overs before the downfall began. Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s dismissal opened the floodgates as the Devils kept losing wickets at crucial junctures and eventually huffed and puffed to 97 for 8. In reply, the Warriors chased down the total in just 4.3 overs thanks to Waseem Muhammad’s unbeaten knock of 56 from just 13 balls.
Pune Devils 97 for 8 ( Nasir Hossain 27*; Wayne Parnell 3-5) lost to Northern Warriors (Waseem Muhammad 56*; Sam Wisniewski 2-14) by eight wickets.