Abu Dhabi T10 League: Chris Gayle smashes 22-ball unbeaten 84 to steer Staff Abu Dhabi to simple win
Abu Dhabi: Exhausting-hitting West Indian batsman Chris Gayle struck an unbeaten 84 off 22 balls to pulverise Maratha Arabians’ bowling assault and steer Staff Abu Dhabi to a nine-wicket win in a Tremendous League match of the Abu Dhabi T10 match right here.
Gayle smashed 9 sixes and 6 boundaries throughout his blistering knock on the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium. He reached his fifty in 12 balls and equalled the quickest half-century in T10 historical past held by Mohammad Shahzad for Rajputs within the 2018 version.
Chasing Maratha Arabians’ reasonable whole of 97 for 4, Gayle helped his crew attain the goal in 5.3 overs.
The towering ‘Universe Boss’ tore aside the opposition assault together with his batting pyrotechnics. All his sixes and bounds had been hit effortlessly. By the way, 78 of his 84 runs got here via boundaries.
Put in to bat, the Arabians launched UAE’s 18-year-old Alishan Sharafu to open with Mukhtar Ali. Tom Helm bowled a maiden first over to Sharafu.
Within the second over, Mukhtar hit Rohan Mustafa for 3 boundaries whereas Sharafu hit a six to take 19 runs off that over.
On the half approach mark, the Arabians had been 52 for 1.
Sharafu’s high-quality knock of 33 got here to an finish within the seventh over when Obed McCoy had him caught behind.
Senior Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez too adopted, caught and bowled by Naveed Ul Haq, for 20 within the eighth over.
Shoaib Malik later hit two consecutive boundaries off the fourth and fifth deliveries of Naveed’s over to swell the Arabians’ whole.
Chasing the simple goal, Gayle gave Abu Dhabi a flying begin. He hit Yamin Ahmadzai for 3 consecutive boundaries and a six to get 18 runs off the over.
Opener Paul Stirling too hit Sompal Kami for 2 consecutive boundaries of the primary two balls of the second over.
Gayle hit the fourth, fifth and sixth deliveries for sixes to take 27 runs off the over.
After Mosaddek Hossain picked the wicket of Stirling with the second ball of the third over, Gayle then went on to hit the subsequent 4 balls for 2 boundaries and two sixes.
Maratha Arabians: 97 for 4 in 10 overs (Alishan Sharafu 33, Mohammad Hafeez 20; Obed McCoy 2 for 20).
Staff Abu Dhabi: 100 for 1 in 5.3 overs (Chris Gayle 84 not out).
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