Nicholas Pooran’s powerful 89-run strike at just 26 balls with 12 sixes and three boundaries helped Northern Warriors to place the second-highest score of 162/4 in the Abu Dhabi T10, beating Bangla Tigers by 30 runs on Sunday. It was a rain of six from Pooran at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Bangla Tigers bravely chased with their skipper Andre Fletcher, hitting 53 runs of 28 balls with four boundaries and four sixes. He was well supported by the UAE’s Chirag Suri who hit 42 of 16 balls unbeaten with five sixes, but they were 30 runs behind the goal.
Bangla Tigers won the coin toss and invited Northern Warriors to hit. Northern Warriors got off to a quick start with 17 runs in the first over and opener Waseem Muhammad hit two sixes off Mohammad Irfan.
In the second over, Mujeeb had eliminated Ur Rahman Waseem for 12, leaving him caught for a long time. Then Nicholas Pooran came in and immediately started hitting. He hit George Garton for a six and Simmons also hit a six to get sixteen.
Qais Ahmed, who crossed the fourth, gave away 23 points, with Pooran beating him three sixes and a four. While Simmons hit Karim Janat for six, only 13 runs of the 5th came by. The sixth over saw Pooran in full swing hitting Mohammad Irfan for three consecutive sixes. Pooran raced to his half century in the seventh over just 17 balls.
When Garton was re-introduced in the eighth over, Pooran hit him four consecutive sixes and two boundaries to take over 32 runs from those. Karim Janat removed Lendl Simmons by letting him catch on the long-off for 41. He also ended Pooran’s knockout by letting Andre Fletcher catch him on extra cover on the next ball. That more than yielded only five points. In the last over from Qais Ahmed, Rovman Powell hit a boundary and a six to remain unbeaten at 13.
On the hunt for the massive 162 score, Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz struck a massive blow when he bowled Johnson Charles clean for a duck with the third ball. In the second over, Andre Fletcher hit Junaid Siddiqui for a boundary and a six. Afif Hossain also chose his first frontier in this. Fletcher started to bounce and hit Riaz for two consecutive boundaries.
In the fourth over, Fletcher got more aggressive by hitting Ryan Emrit for two consecutive sixes. Fabian Allen had Hossain caught deep in the middle of the wicket by Powell. Chirag Suri from the UAE joined Fletcher and halfway through Bangla Tigers needed 113 more runs from the last 30 balls.
Wayne Parnell, who took a hat-trick in his last game, threw the sixth over and gave up only seven runs. Suri lifted Allen two consecutive sixes past the first and second deliveries of the eighth. He also canceled the fourth delivery for another six to get 31 runs on it.
Emrit was reintroduced to throw the ninth over. Fletcher lifted Emrit for a long time, reaching his half century of 22 balls. Bangla Tiger went past 100 points by Suri’s elegant six over the point for Emrit.
Needing 49 runs from the last six balls, Junaid Siddiqui secured Fletcher’s leg for the wicket for 33 to end their chase. Suri remained unbeaten on 42 runs.
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