Deccan Gladiators registered a massive nine-wicket victory over Delhi Bulls as they chased down a total of 112 in 7.2 overs in the ninth match of Abu Dhabi T10 2021 on Monday. After the Gladiators bowled the Bulls out, their opening batters Tom Kohler-Cadmore (51* from 19 balls) and Tom Banton (44 from 21 balls) took the game away with an opening partnership of 100 runs in 6.3 overs.

Kohler-Cadmore showed prime form as he smashed Adil Rashid for four sixes in the third over. Banton too provided plenty of support from the other end as he smacked Dwayne Bravo for two boundaries in the sixth over. 

Dominic Drakes dismissed Banton in the seventh over, however, Andre Russell came in and wrapped the up chase with two consecutive boundaries off Dwayne Bravo's bowling in the eighth over.

Earlier, Rilee Rossouw and Rahmanullah Gurbaz provided the perfect impetus at the top of the order for the Delhi Bulls as they smashed two sixes and a four off Odean Smith's bowling in the second over to start the proceedings for the Delhi team. Although Rossouw kept sending the ball to the boundary, however, he kept losing partners at the other. The South African struck 3 fours and 4 sixes and single-handedly took the Delhi Bulls' score to 101/7 in 8.4 overs before he was dismissed by Tymal Mills on 48.

Andre Russell was the pick of the bowlers for the Deccan Gladiators with bowling figures of 3/17. The West Indian put tremendous pressure on the Delhi Bulls batting line-up by picking up the wickets of Captain Dwayne Bravo, Dominic Drakes and Fazalhaq Farooqi. The Deccan Gladiators effected two run outs in the last two overs as they bowled Delhi Bulls out for 112.

Brief scores: Deccan Gladiators 115/1 (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 51*, Tom Banton 44, Dominic Drakes 1-18) beat Delhi Bulls 112 all out (Rilee Rossouw 48, Sherfane Rutherford 19, Andre Russell 3-17) by 9 wickets.

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