The Abu Dhabi T10 league certainly lived up to the expectations. Credit goes to the Abu Dhabi board for pulling off this masterclass. The way in which they hosted the tournament in tough times was quite fabulous. The battle between Fiddle Edwards and Nicholas Pooran in the Abu Dhabi T10 league finals was well and truly entertaining.
Players of the respective franchises entertained the fans in the best possible way. In the end, the two best teams made it to the final. Northern Warriors and Delhi Bulls were by far the two best teams of the tournament.
Both the teams locked horns with each other in Abu Dhabi. Norther Warriors’ captain Nicholas Pooran won the toss and elected to bowl first. Batting first, Delhi Bulls failed to uplift the team’s morale in the passage of play. They never looked like scoring runs at a blistering pace.
Shockingly, the team managed to hit only 3 sixes throughout the innings. Mohammad Nabi scored 21 off 10 balls including 1 four and 2 sixes. Delhi Bulls’ opening pair – Gurbhaz and Evin Lewis failed to provide a great start to the game. Bulls lacked enough teeth in their batting attack as they choked with the bat.
Gurbaz took 7 balls to score 13 where he hit 2 fours. On the other hand, Lewis hit scored 10 off 5 with 1 four and a six. Maheesh Theekshana was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets. Junaid Siddique and Dhananjaya Lakshan took 2 wickets each. R Emrit and Fabian Allen took a wicket each. On the contrary, Delhi Bulls posted 81/9 in their allotted quota of 10 overs.
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Edwards outsmarts Pooran
Delhi Bulls failed to add more runs with the bat. But, they provided a good start in the form of 39-year-old pacer Fiddle Edwards. He proved that age is just a number by bowling lethal deliveries.
During the game, the battle between Edwards and Nicholas Pooran turned out to be box office entertainment. The battle was so good that it managed to keep the fans at the edge of their seats. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi T10 league social media handle posted the video on Instagram.
Abu Dhabi T10 league handle uploaded the video along with the caption. “World-class pace bowling 🔥 This battle between Fidel Edwards and Nicholas Pooran was box office entertainment! 🍿.”
Edwards came into the attack in the second over of the game. He bowled really well right from the start. The veteran pacer did his best to keep the batsman in check. Meanwhile, Northern Warriors’ captain Nicholas Pooran defended the shot.
Soon after that, the pacer delivered a lethal bouncer which went for four (leg-byes) by means of the captain’s helmet. After that, he hit Edwards into the orbit as the ball traveled a long way. It turned out to be an intense battle between the two.
Then, Pooran received body blows off Edwards. The pacer clocked 150 kmph even at this age and trapped Pooran for an LBW. So, Northern Warriors’ captain departed after scoring 12 runs.
Northern Warriors win by 8 wickets
Shiraz Ahmed took the wicket of Waseem Muhammad as the latter departed for 27. However, Rovman Powell and Lendl Simmons chipped in with 16 and 14 as the Warriors won the game by 8 wickets. Maheesh Theekshana – Man of the Match. On the other hand, Nicholas Pooran was named the Man of the Series.