Defending champions Deccan Gladiators once again stamped their authority in the Abu Dhabi T10 by recording an emphatic 37-runs win over debutants New York Strikers in the final of the sixth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Scorecard Summary

Deccan Gladiators beat New York Strikers by 37 runs. 

Deccan Gladiators 128 for 4 in 10 overs (Nichloas Pooran 40, David Wiese 43n.o, Akeal Hosein 2 for 16)

New York Strikers 91 for 5 in 10 overs (Jordan Thompson 22n.o, Kieron Pollard 23rtd hurt, Josh Little 2 for 4, Mohammmad Hasnain 2 for 14)

Player of the Match: David Wiese.

Player of the Tournament: Nicholas Pooran 

Best UAE Player of the Tournament: Usman Khan
Best Bowler of the Tournament: Akeal Hosein
Best Batsman of the Tournament: Tom Kohler-Cadmore

Match Review

Deccan Gladiators had posted 128 for 4 in 10 overs through David Wiese’s unbeaten 43 off just 18 balls with two boundaries and four sixes, His skipper Nicholas Pooran too scored 40 runs off 23 balls with five boundaries and a six. Pooran not only lifted the trophy but also bagged the Player of the tournament award,

Chasing the target, New York Strikers could muster only 91 for 5 in 10 overs against the tight and disciplined bowling led by Josh Little (2 for 4) and Mohammad Hasnain (2 for 14).

New York Strikers had won the toss and elected to field. Deccan Gladiators began their title defence and posted a challenging 128 for 4 in 10 overs.

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New York Strikers needed to score at a run rate of 12.80 and they needed a good start. Josh Little gave Deccan Gladiators a good start by clean bowling opener Muhammad Waseem for a duck. New York Strikers were 52 for 4 at the half way stage, needing 77 runs from the last five overs.

All eyes turned towards Pollard, who hit Zahoor Khan’s third delivery for a boundary to wide of the long-on fielder. Thompson too hit Zahoor to deep mid-wicket for a boundary off the fifth ball. Thirteen runs were scored off that over. Hasnain bowled a brilliant seventh over giving nothing away but just three runs and that almost titled the match the Deccan Gladiators way.

With 51 runs needed off the last 12 balls, Little was re-introduced for the ninth over. He too strangled the run flow with his accurate swing and change of pace and also got Rashid Khan out for 8. Hosein hit Zakir Khan’s second delivery of the last over for a six over long-off but the target was unreachable. Deccan Gladiator won by 37 runs.