Abu Dhabi T10: Akeal Hosein’s fifer, Gurbaz’s fifty carry New York Strikers into final

8 Dec, 2023 23:05 IST|Sakshi Post

Abu Dhabi, Dec 8 (IANS) A five-wicket haul by New York Strikers’ left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, which included a hat-trick, and a half-centiry by their opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz helped them beat Morrisville Samp Army and carried their team into the final of the Abu Dhabi T10.

Morrisville Samp Army were restricted to 80/9 through Hosein’s spell of five wickets for just six runs from his two overs.

New York Strikers’ impressive total of 121/5 in 10 overs was carved out of Gurbaz’s brilliant 56 off 28 balls with five sixes and four boundaries. Table-toppers Samp Army crashed to a 41-run defeat in the Qualifier 1 match at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.

New York lifted their game when it mattered most as they had lost to Samp Army in their last league round match on Thursday night. Samp Army had even bowled out New York for 70 runs in that match. In this match, Samp Army slipped before the bowling of Hosein's destructive first over.

Hosein with the third ball got Andries Gous clean bowled with a delivery that went through his defence. The fourth ball saw Dewald Brevis play into the hands of Karunaratne at point. With the fifth ball, he clean-bowled Ibrahim Zadran, who went for a cut and played onto his wicket. He became the eighth player to bag a hat-trick in Abu Dhabi T10.

Samp Army will now play the winner of the Eliminator in the second qualifier for another shot to reach the final in the last match of the day.

Samp Army won the toss and elected to bowl. Gurbaz hit Lintott for sixes off the first, third, and fifth delivery and also a boundary off the fourth ball to take 25 runs off that over.

Gurbaz could pick only one boundary off Karim Janat's fifth over and at the halfway mark, New York had scored 57 for 1. Muhammad Irfan got Dickwella out with the first ball of the sixth over caught by Salman Irshad at short third man for 8. Gurbaz hit the fifth ball for six to long-on and then went on to hit two consecutive boundaries of Salman Irshad and reached his half-century in 26 balls.

Holder, who was re-introduced to bowl the eighth over was also not spared by Gurbaz as he hit him for a six over long-on off the second ball and another six off the fourth ball once again over long-on. Gurbaz's innings ended when Holder forced him to edge a pull shot to wicketkeeper Andries Gous off the fifth ball. His knock of 56 came off 28 balls with four boundaries and five sixes.

New York went past the 100-run mark when Chamika Karunaratne hit Qais’s last ball of the over for a six to long-off.

Asif Ali swelled the total with a boundary off Salman Irshad's first delivery of the last over. He also flicked Irshad’’s fifth delivery for a boundary the last ball for another boundary to remain unbeaten on 17 and give New York an impressive total.

Samp Army’s chase began on a disastrous note through Hosein’s hat-trick off the first over and never recovered from the impact. Faf du Plessis, who led the team in place of Moeen Ali, who had to fly out to play for England in the T20 series against West Indies, and Najibullah Zadran tried to pull their team out of trouble.

Off the fourth ball of the third over from Hosein, Du Plessis got caught by Pollard at long-on for 8. Zadran too fell caught by Sunil Narine at cover off the last delivery for Hosein to record a five-wicket haul.

Half the side back in the dugout for 14 runs, Samp Army looked set for a huge defeat. Karunaratne speeded up their team’s victory by having Karim Janat caught by Hosein at deep square leg for 2. Jason Holder hit Karunaratne for a six-over long on and also picked a boundary off a top edge.

Holder gave some respect to his team’s total scoring 22 runs before getting bowled to Muhammad Jawadullah. Qais Ahmed with an unbeaten 31 off 13 balls with two boundaries and two sixes could muster only a total of 80 for 9 in 10 overs and New York Strikers sailed into the final.

Brief scores:

New York Strikers 121/5 in 10 overs (Rahmanulah Gurbaz 56, Qais Ahmad 2-24) beat Samp Army 80/9 in 10 overs (Jason Holder 22, Qais Ahmad 31 n.o, Akeal Hosein 5-6, Muhammad Jawadullah 2-13).

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