Abu Dhabi T10 – Roy 84* hands Chennai Braves win; de Kock, Charles, Powell help Delhi Bulls


Chennai Braves 115 for 4 (Roy 84*, Pretorius 2-21, Mills 1-19) beat Team Abu Dhabi 111 for 4 (du Plooy 47*, Ingram 20*, Cook 1-13) by four runs

Leus du Plooy and Colin Ingram combined to smash 17 off the last over, but Team Abu Dhabi still fell short by four runs in a thrilling finish against Chennai Braves. Abu Dhabi needed five to win off the last ball, but du Plooy was beaten by Obed McCoy, who bowled a dot ball to end the game.

Abu Dhabi were set 116 by Braves on the back of Jason Roy‘s unbeaten 84 from 39 balls, which featured six fours and seven sixes; the next best score by a Braves batter was Kobe Herft’s 14. Roy led the way by helping clobber 48 in the last three overs to take Braves up to 115, even as Abu Dhabi’s captain Dwaine Pretorius removed Stephen Eskinazi on the fourth ball of the eighth over, before running Charith Asalanka for a duck next ball.

But Abu Dhabi couldn’t keep pace with the run chase during the middle overs, leaving themselves with another 61 to get from the final four overs. That is when du Plooy and Ingram joined hands. Although they took 32 off the next two overs, Sam Cook allowed just seven runs in the ninth to leave Abu Dhabi with 22 required in the final over. Eventually, du Plooy cracked 47 not out off just 18 balls, but missed the final delivery as Braves scraped through.

Delhi Bulls 122 for 1 (de Kock 50*, Charles 36, Powell 31*, Wood 1-7) beat Deccan Gladiators 120 for 2 (Kohler-Cadmore 42, Fletcher 34, Naveen 1-28) by nine wickets

Delhi Bulls’ top three thrashed their way to the target of 121 in just 8.3 overs, stunning Deccan Gladiators by nine wickets to start their Abu Dhabi T10 season with a victory. Opening batters Quinton de Kock and Johnson Charles bashed 73 in five overs to set the tone for Bulls, for whom captain Rovman Powell then completed the chase in a hurry.

Powell finished unbeaten on 31 off only 12 balls, smashing five fours and a six on the way, after Charles fell for 36 from 13 deliveries, with as many fours but one more six. Those rapid cameos all but sidelined de Kock’s innings of 50 not out – his strike rate of 192 felt pretty inferior to that of Charles’ 276 and Powell’s 258 – and put the efforts of Gladiators’ batters in vain.

Gladiators had opted to bat, and were led by Tom Kohler-Cadmore for the second successive night, as he followed up an undefeated 68 against New York Strikers with 42 against Bulls at double the pace. Andre Fletcher hit 34 off 20 balls, while Andre Russell’s cameo of 19 from only five deliveries provided the finishing touches. But all that wouldn’t prove to be enough in the end.

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