The playoffs of the ongoing Abu Dhabi T10 League took place on Friday (February 5). Six teams were in action as a total of three games took place on the penultimate day of the tournament. In the first game which was Qualifier 1, Delhi Bulls locked horns against Northern Warriors before Qalandars fought against Team Abu Dhabi in the first Eliminator. In the last match of the day, Northern Warriors were up against Team Abu Dhabi in the second Eliminator.
Here is a roundup of the day:
Delhi Bulls vs Northern Warriors, Qualifier 1:
In the first game of the day, Delhi Bulls beat Northern Warriors by five wickets to seal their place in the final. Asked to bat first, the Warriors could only score 97 for 7 in the allotted 10 overs. Barring skipper Nicholas Pooran, who scored 32, no other batsmen managed to put up a decent fight. For the Bulls, Waqas Maqsood, Dwayne Bravo and Nyeem Young picked two wickets apiece. With the bat, the Bulls chased down the total in 8.4 overs with Sherfane Rutherford’s 29 being the highest individual score.
Northern Warriors 97 for 7 ( Nicholas Pooran 32; Dwayne Bravo 2-14) lost to Delhi Bulls 102 for 5 ( Sherfane Rutherford 29; Junaid Siddique 4-20) by five wickets.
Qalandars vs Team Abu Dhabi, Eliminator 1:
In the second game of the day, Team Abu Dhabi thrashed the Qalandars by six wickets to book their place in the second Eliminator and dump the latter out of the final’s race. Bowling first, Team Abu Dhabi restricted Qalandars to a modest total of 83 for 7. Shahid Afridi was the top-scorer for the Qalandars with 24 while Tom Helm, Naveen-ul-Haq and Obed McCoy picked two wickets apiece. In reply, Team Abu Dhabi rode on Ben Duckett’s unbeaten knock of 27 to chase down the total in 8.4 overs.
Qalandars 83 for 7 ( Shahid Afridi 24; Naveen-ul-Haq 2-6) lost to Team Abu Dhabi 88 for 4 ( Ben Duckett 27*; Sultan Ahmed 2-21) by six wickets.
Northern Warriors vs Team Abu Dhabi, Eliminator 2:
In the third and last game of the day, Northern Warriors and Team Abu Dhabi locked horns for a place in the final and the former won the race by winning the game by seven wickets. Put in to bat first, Team Abu Dhabi posted a competitive total of 114 for 7 with Paul Stirling slamming 48 off just 13 balls. Team Abu Dhabi, in fact, had raced away to 55 in just 3 overs before the Warriors pulled things back. With the bat, the Warriors chased down the total in 9.4 overs thanks to fine displays from Lendl Simmons and Rovman Powell.
Team Abu Dhabi 114 for 7 ( Paul Stirling 48; Fabian Allen 4-13) lost to Northern Warriors 115 for 3 ( Rovman Powell 49, Lendl Simmons 46*; Naveen-ul-Haq 1-21) by seven wickets.