Team Abu Dhabi pulled off an unexpected win in a last-ball finish to defeat Deccan Gladiators and remain undefeated in the tournament so far in the ongoing Abu Dhabi T10 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Needing five to win from the last delivery off Anwar Ali, Abu Dhabi’s Danny Briggs top-edged towards the fine leg fence where Andre Russell leaped, caught it, and flicked the ball back into play. But replays confirmed Russell had a foot on the boundary cushion, with the resultant six for Abu Dhabi clinching the game by four wickets while chasing 98.
Talking about the game after the win, Abu Dhabi captain Liam Livingstone said, “That was nice to be able to get over the line after we were pretty much behind the game when batting. I think Jamie batted well together with Briggs, who did well to hit the last ball for a six to give us the win.”
He further added, “We started well and Fidel [Edwards] was brilliant with the new ball. He got some swing, which was perfect for him. Our bowling unit has been brilliant throughout the tournament so far. The boys are doing well and it has been great fun, even more so when a game goes down to the wire. We thought the last ball was a six but then we had to spend an anxious moment for the decision before we could celebrate.”
Here is the video of the last ball six:
5 runs needed in last ball pic.twitter.com/q8BxHv3zCc
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The Gladiators kept the game alive when they amassed 97-9 in the first innings. They were three wickets down for three runs in the second over and reduced to 18-5 in the fifth. Wanindu Hasaranga played a fiery knock of 18-ball 30 and Odean Smith struck hit sixes and an equal number of fours for a 10-ball 34 to get to a total they nearly defended.
Edwards and Naveen ul Haq did the early damage by scalping a couple of wickets each. Abu Dhabi wobbled at the start when Hasarnaga was on a hat-trick twice in his two overs, finishing with 4-12. Thereafter, Jamie Overton (33 off 18) and Briggs (19 off 13) took them over the line with a partnership of 48 runs. Abu Dhabi required 31 from the last couple of overs. Overton began with a straight six-off Russell and slapped the fourth delivery to the mid-wicket fence.
Russell had amassed 17 runs with Briggs to bring the equation down to 14 from the final over. Hamid Hassan came into bowl the final over and Abu Dhabi narrowed down their target to five off the last ball. However, having bowled the penultimate delivery, Hassan was seen limping off the field leaving Ali to complete that over.