Abu Dhabi T10: Nicholas Pooran, Wayne Parnell star as Northern Warriors beat Delhi Bulls by 32 runs

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Nicholas Pooran’s light-hearted half-century and Wayne Parnell’s hat-trick helped Northern Warriors to a 32-run victory over Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 on Saturday. Warriors posted the highest total of this season when Nicholas Pooran hit a quick 54 of 21 balls with five sixes and as many boundaries. Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen kept the momentum going with 24 and 28 unbeaten hits respectively to boost the total.

Delhi started the gigantic chase with Ravi Bopara hitting a quick 36 of 15 balls with four sixes and two boundaries. But Parnell’s hat-trick in the ninth brought the breaks to Delhi innings. It was the fourth hat-trick in the history of this tournament.

Delhi Bulls followed the usual trend of winning the toss and choosing the field. Waqas Maqsood opening the bowling brought up a girl. Northern Warriors’ openers Brandon King and Lendl Simmons were only able to post 10 runs in between them.

In the second time, Maqsood chose Simmons’ prize wicket by letting him catch a duck for a long time. Simmons had cracked an unbeaten 54 in his last game against the Maratha Arabians. Maqsood’s numbers are two overs, a girl, a run and a wicket.

From the third round, Nicholas Pooran, who joined King, started hitting. He beat Mohammad Nabi for two sixes and a border.

Fidel Edwards, who threw the next over, staggered in his line and length and didn’t throw any balls either to help King and Pooran, who ran notch 20 over that. King fell to the first ball of the sixth when Ali Khan had it caught by Ravi Bopara long at 18.

Pooran hit the next ball through the blankets for a boundary and followed it by hitting two sixes. The first six were hit over the back point and the second roared long distance.

Shiraz Ahmed, the UAE’s average pacemaker, bowled a brilliant seventh and gave up just eight runs after Pooran reached his half-century in just 16 balls.

Skipper Dwayne Bravo introduced himself in the eighth over and had Pooran out, caught by Bopara on the back point for 54. Next man Fabian Allen chose three consecutive limits on Bravo. Rovman Powell and Allen continued to set limits to send the total past 100 points in 8.3 overs. Edwards was hit for 22 points in his ninth over.

In the final run, Allen hit Bravo’s second pitch for a six to mid-wicket. Powell also hit the last ball for a six and the pair got 23 runs from the latter.

Delhi Bulls started their chase through Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Evin Lewis. Their veteran Pakistani pacesetter Wahab Riaz gave up just six runs from his first one. Lewis, after hitting Siddique for a boundary to the fine leg, hit Rayad Emrit for a six-to-long off in the next over.

Emrit then cleared Gurbaz for 15 in the fifth ball. Introduced in the fourth over, Riaz picked Lewis’ wicket by getting him caught halfway through for 13. Adam Lyth joined Bopara and together they hit Sri Lankan medium pacemaker Dhananjaya Lakshan for 13 runs in the fight.

With 85 runs of the last five left, Northern Warriors introduced South African pacemaker Wayne Parnell into the attack. Bopara hit Parnell for a six over mid-wicket.

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Emrit struck again in the seventh over, catching Lyth halfway through the wicket for 13. When Bopara also fell to Lakshan in the eight when he hit high to Siddiqui with a short, fine leg, Delhi’s hopes soon began to fade.

Parnell threw Sherfane Rutherford and Dwayne Bravo into balls consecutively and completed his hat-trick when he previously held Ali Khan’s leg. In the end, Delhi could only muster 105 for 7 in their ten overs.

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