Chris Gayle scored an unbeaten 84 out of just 22 balls with the help of nine sixes and six boundaries to send Team Abu Dhabi to a nine-wicket victory against Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament. Chasing the Maratha Arabians’ mediocre total of 97 runs, Gayle helped his team to victory in just 5.3 overs. Gayle dominated the attack from the start. He was in his elements from the first and fell on every fault in the line and length of the bowlers. All of his sixes and borders were so effortlessly hit it was a sight to behold.
Incidentally, 78 of his 84 came through limits. He reached his half century with just 12 balls and equaled the fastest half century in T10 history that Mohammad Shahzad held for Rajputs in the 2018 edition.
Previously, Abu Dhabi won the toss and was chosen for the field. Arabs introduced UAE’s 18-year-old opener Alishan Sharafu to open with Mukhtar Ali. Tom Helm first threw a girl to Sharafu. In the second over, Mukhtar Rohan hit Mustafa for three boundaries, while Sharafu hit a six to make 19 runs.
Jamie Overton took out Mukhtar by taking him to mid-wicket for 14. Mohammad Hafeez joined Sharafu and chose a border at Naveen Ul Haq. Sharafu hit Haq deep in the wicket for his second six. In the fifth over, Sharafu threw Jamie Overton’s first pitch from the fifth to the boundary and then hit the next for a six over backward square leg. He also hit the last ball of that to the deep square leg line to take over 17 runs from the.
Halfway through, Arabs were 52 for 1. Mustafa threw a tight sixth and gave away only seven runs. Sharafu’s beautiful hit of 33 came to an end in the seventh over when Obed McCoy caught him behind him. Hafeez also followed, caught and bowled by Naveed Ul Haq, for 20 in the eighth over. Shoaib Malik hit two consecutive boundaries after the fourth and fifth episodes of Naveed’s.
Laurie Evans picked up McCoy for a six over mid-wicket, but fell to the fifth ball from that over by being caught in third man for 8. Tom Helm, who threw tenth over, gave up only eight and prevented Arabs the 100 reached Mark.
Gayle got off to a flying start on the hunt for the easy goal. He hit Yamin Ahmadzai for three consecutive boundaries and a six to get 18 points from the over. Opener Paul Stirling also hit Sompal Kami for two consecutive boundaries of the first two balls from the second. Gayle hit the fourth, fifth, and sixth episodes for six to get 27 points from the over. After Mosaddek Hossain caught the wicket from Stirling with the second ball from the third over, Gayle went on to hit the next four balls for two boundaries and two sixes.
Arabs introduced the UAE’s 16-year-old Maroof Merchant to the attack. Although he bowed the first four balls firmly, Gayle hit his last two deliveries for six. Ishan Malhotra got only ten runs away in the fifth over. Gayle skipped the third ball of the sixth from Mukhtar over mid-wicket to reach the goal to the relief of all bowlers and fielders.
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