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Abu Dhabi T10: Rampant Bangla Tigers prove too strong for Northern Warriors

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Bangla Tigers registered their first victory in the Abu Dhabi T10 2021 after defeating Northern Warriors by 5 wickets on Sunday. 

Put in to bat by Bangla Tigers, captain Rovman Powell's 63 off 27 balls helped Northern Warriors post 126/4 in 10 overs. In reply, Will Jacks unbeaten 57 runs from 22 balls helped Bangla Tigers chase down the target in 9.1 overs.

Will Jacks made his intentions clear right from the onset as he smashed fellow Englishman Samit Patel for two fours and a six in the second over of the chase, however, he kept losing partners at the other end as Bangla Tigers were reduced to 58/5 in the sixth over. 

In Benny Howell, Jacks found an able ally as the all-rounder smacked Chris Jordan for 21 runs in the seventh over to bring the equation down to 38 off 18 balls. Jacks took the game completely away from the Warriors when he struck three boundaries and a six off Abhimanyu Mithun's bowling in the eighth over. Jacks (57* from 22 balls) and Howell (35* from 11 balls) strung an unbeaten partnership of 72 runs in 29 balls to take the Bangla Tigers home with five balls to spare.

Earlier, the Bangla Tigers had the Northern Warriors on the mat after Gareth Delany was dismissed by Luke Wood in the first over and Kennar Lewis was bowled out by James Faulkner in the second over, leaving the Warriors at 13/2 in 1.2 overs. Moeen Ali got things going for the Northern Warriors as he struck Isuru Udana for two boundaries and Karim Janat for three boundaries in the third and fourth overs respectively to resurrect the Warriors’ innings. However, Ali's stay at the crease was short-lived as he was bowled by Janat for a quickfire 24 runs off 12 balls in the fourth over itself.

Thereafter, captain Rovman Powell took centre stage and smashed Benny Howell for a six and a four in the fifth over. The Jamaican was ably supported by Samit Patel, who scored an unbeaten 21 runs from 13 balls and strung a partnership of 80 runs from 35 balls with his skipper. Powell and Patel's explosive batting catapulted the Warriors to a total of 126/4 in their 10 overs.

Brief scores: Bangla Tigers 130/5 (Will Jacks 57*, Benny Howell 35*, Umair Ali 1-9) beat Northern Warriors 126/4 (Rovman Powell 63, Moeen Ali 24, James Faulkner 1-18) by 5 wickets.

Featured photo: Bangla Tigers / Twitter 

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