Delhi Bulls brilliantly chased Bangla Tigers’ impressive total to win the third match of the Abu Dhabi T10 at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium by seven wickets. Bangla Tigers’ opener Johnson Charles and skipper Andre Fletcher had posted a total of 128 for 2 in 10 overs through a 101 partnership. Charles hit 73 runs of 35 balls with six boundaries and five sixes, but his attempt went in vain for the systematic chase by the Delhi Bulls batsmen.
The Delhi Bulls chase was led by opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz (41), the unbeaten 32 of Evin Lewis and the 38 of Ravi Bopara.
Bangla Tigers paid the price for their poor fieldwork in which three catches were lost.
Bangla Tigers had previously won the coin toss and chose to hit.
Johnson Charles and skipper Andre Fletcher started to score at a fast pace. In the second over, Fletcher hit Fidel Edwards for two consecutive sixes. In the third over, Charles launched his streak of sixes with a cracking blow from Amad Butt.
Their partnership with 50 runs came in just 3.5 overs. Charles further accelerated the runflow by hitting Kashif Daud for two sixes in the fifth over. He reached his half century in just 20 balls.
Charles didn’t spare Dwayne Bravo either, skipping him two consecutive sixes in the sixth. The partnership with 100 runs came in 6.4 overs.
Bravo ended the partnership with the first ball of the eighth over when he bowled Fletcher clean with an accurate yorker for 32. In the ninth over, Edwards sent Tom Moores away by letting Bravo catch him on extra cover for 2.
Afif Hossain joined Charles to take the score to 128. Charles remained unconquered to guarantee a run rate of 12.80.
Delhi Bulls-opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz started off aggressively by hitting the first pitch of Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s innings for a six. He also chose two boundaries to win 18 points from the first. He continued his big battle, scoring two limits on Mohammad Irfan.
He also pulled Karim Janat elegantly over mid-wicket for a six in the third over. From the last ball of that over, Janat produced an accurate yorker to force Gurbaz to play on this wicket. His 41 runs came from just 15 balls with five fours and two sixes
Ravi Bopara’s next man rode his luck and was dropped twice in the fifth over Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Midway through, Delhi Bulls needed 57 runs. Opener Evin Lewis overtook George Garton for a six in the sixth.
In the seventh over, Bopara fell high on Qais Ahmed with a deep square leg from Fazalhaq Farooqi for 38. Next man Mohammad Nabi also fell for a duck from the first ball of the eighth over.
Undeterred by the fall of wickets, Lewis held on to the runflow and with the support of Sherfane Rutherford (11 not out) transferred their team to goal with seven balls.
Short scores: Delhi Bulls 129/3 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 41, Evin Lewis 32 *, Ravi Bopara 38; Karim Janat 2-34) defeated Bangla Tigers 128/2 (Johnson Charles 73 *, Andre Fletcher 32; F Edwards 1-17)
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