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Abu Dhabi T10 2021 : Team Abu Dhabi defeat Bangla Tigers in Match 2 of Abu Dhabi T10

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Team Abu Dhabi got off to a fantastic start in their first encounter of Season 5 of Abu Dhabi T10 against the Bangla Tigers at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Chris Gayle’s unbeaten innings of 49 runs from 23 balls and Paul Stirling’s knock of 59 runs from 23 balls helped Team Abu Dhabi post a total of 145/4 in their 10 overs before Marchant de Lange’s bowling effort of 5/23 took Team Abu Dhabi to a 40-wicket win over the Bangla Tigers.

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Andre Fletcher smacked Sheldon Cottrell for three boundaries and two sixes in the first over of Tigers’ innings. However, the Tigers suffered a massive blow when Marchant de Lange dismissed Captain Faf du Plessis for nought in the very next over. Following the wicket, Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher smashed a six each, but the latter was bowled out for 24 runs (8 balls) on the last ball of the second over. Team Abu Dhabi put even more pressure on the Tigers when Captain Liam Livingstone removed Charles for 7 runs (4 balls) in the third over and thereafter Jamie Overton dismissed Will Jacks (1 run from 5 balls) leaving the Tigers at 43/4 in 3.3 overs.

Benny Howell and Hazratullah Zazai strung a partnership of 28 runs and took the Tigers to 71/4 in 6 overs, but De Lange tilted the match completely in favour of Team Abu Dhabi by dismissing Hazratullah Zazai, Benny Howell and James Faulkner in the seventh over, leaving the Tigers reeling at 81/7. Thereafter, Team Abu Dhabi bowled three clinical overs and ensured that they walked off the field as winners.

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