Hazratullah Zazai hit an unbeaten 59 off just 26 balls to help Bangladesh Tigers register a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Deccan Gladiators in the Abu Dhabi T10 match on Thursday. Tigers took 8.1 overs to complete the target of 112 runs.
Will Jack and Zazai made a good run of a strong foundation provided by big hitting from Johnson Charles at the top of the order. Their third win took Bangla Tigers to third place in the points table, where they find themselves sandwiched between Deccan Gladiators and Delhi Bulls, both teams with three wins in their bags.
After a 19-ball 67 in the previous match, Charles and Zazai gave Bangla Tigers another stellar start to the innings. Charles fell to Odeon Smith in the second over, with the team adding 34 runs on the board. His dismissal didn’t do much to stop the flow of runs as his replacement Jack displayed a full display of his shots to ensure that the required run rate was never too dangerous. Deccan Gladiators captain Wahab Riaz bowled the ball to Wanindu Hasaranga for his second over when Tigers decided to go for their batting powerplay. However, Zazai ended Hasranga’s threat by giving the leg-spinner three big hits on the leg side, taking his team closer to the target. His second six of the over created a 50-run partnership between him and Jack. The left-hander completed his half-century in the next over when he hit another six off Sultan Ahmed in the eighth over. Well, the winning runs also came off his bat when he collected a full toss to Tom Banton for four overs at long-on.
Earlier, the Gladiators’ openers started with a boundary but Mohammad Amir, playing his first match of the tournament, pulled back the innings by dismissing Tom-Kohler Cadmore. James Faulkner and Karim Jamaat also took a wicket each with hat-tricks of sixes. With Andre Russell and Tom Banton at the crease, the Gladiators opted for a powerplay at the end of the fourth over. However, they could only go one over without losing a wicket as Benny Howell sent Danger Man Russell back with a slow delivery. David Wiese started hitting sixes as soon as he came to the crease and was taken aback by Banton’s dismissal in the seventh over. He found the right ally in Odeon Smith, whose eight-ball 26 took the Deccan Gladiators to the 100-run mark. 33 runs came off the last two overs of the Gladiators’ innings and helped them post a challenging 112 runs on the board.