Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021: Maratha Arabians off to a winning start

Riding on wicketkeeper-batsman Abdul Shakoor’s breezy knock of 73 off 28 balls, defending champion Maratha Arabians pulled off a five-wicket win against Northern Warriors in the opening match on Thursday.

Maratha Arabians scored eight off the last over to chase down the target of 128 against Northern Warriors on Thursday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Riding on wicketkeeper-batsman Abdul Shakoor’s breezy knock of 73 off 28 balls, defending champion Maratha Arabians pulled off a five-wicket win against Northern Warriors in the opening match of the fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Chasing a target of 128, Maratha Arabians made it count in the last over when it needed eight for victory.

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Despite left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell conceding only three runs off the first four balls, Maratha Arabians’ young 25-year-old captain Mosaddek Hossain from Bangladesh hit the fifth and sixth ball to the boundary to pull off a last-ball win.

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Toss: Maratha Arabians

Brief scores: Northern Warriors 127 for 2 in 10 overs (Brandon King 29, Lendl Simmons 54, Rovman Powell 22) lost to Maratha Arabians 131 for 5 in 10 overs (Abdul Shakoor 73, Fabian Allen 2 for 11)

Pune Devils taste win

Pune Devils beat Deccan Gladiators in the second game by seven wickets. Skipper Nasir Hossain returned 3/18, while batsman Kennar Lewis scored 57 not out off 28 balls to help chase down a target of 105 with four balls to spare.

Brief scores: Deccan Gladiators 104/5 in 10 overs (Azam Khan 37 not out; Nasir Hossain 3/18) lost to Pune Devils 105/3 in 9.2 overs (Kennar Lewis 57*;  S Narine 1/18).

Bulls beat Tigers

Johnson Charles' unbeaten 73 wasn't enough for Bangla Tigers as Delhi Bulls registered a seven-wicket win. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (41, 15b, 5x2, 2x6) top-scored for the Bulls, helping it chase down 129.

Brief scores: Bangla Tigers 128 for 2 in 10 overs (Charles 73, Fletcher 32) lost to Delhi Bulls 129 for 3 in 8.5 overs (Gurbaz 41, Bopara 38, Lewis 32) by seven wickets.