Overton’s breezy knock overturn Pune Devils to give Team Abu Dhabi their first win
Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s unbeaten 61 for Pune Devils goes in vain as Team Abu Dhabi race to the target through Overton’s cameo with nine balls to spare
Abu Dhabi, January 31, 2021
Abu Dhabi. Team Abu Dhabi’s Jamie Overton cracked a quick unbeaten 38 runs off just 11 balls studded with four boundaries and three sixes to snatch the match away from Pune Devils in the tenth match of the Alubond Abu Dhabi T10 at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Overton, accelerated the run chase when it was most needed and helped Team Abu Dhabi record their first victory of the season with nine balls to spare.
Pune looked like sailing towards another victory after their opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore had hit an unbeaten 61 off 25 balls with five boundaries and five sixes and had helped their team post an impressive 129 for 4 in the ten overs.
Team Abu Dhabi had won the toss and followed the usual trend of opting to bowl first. Usman Shinwari, who opened the bowling for Team Abu Dhabi, let Tom Kohler-Cadmore get only one boundary in the over. In the second over, Cadmore hit Rohan Mustafa for three consecutive boundaries to launch his attacking innings.
Obed McCoy struck with the first ball of the third over by clean bowling Kennar Lewis with an intelligent slower ball for 5. He gave just three runs in that over. Next man Chadwick Walton smashed Paul Stirling for a boundary and a six in the fourth over to pick 13 runs off the over.
Cadmore made full use of Tom Helm’s fifth over hitting him for three consecutive sixes. At the half way mark, Pune were well placed at 60 for 1.
Mustafa was introduced again for the sixth over and Walton greeted him through a six over cover point. With the fourth ball, Mustafa had Walton caught by Chirs Gayle at short fine leg for 23. Next man Alex Davies picked a boundary off Mustafa by edging to third man. McCoy produced another good over in the seventh over giving away just six runs and also dismissing Davies, caught behind, for 9.
Devon Thomas, who joined Cadmore hit Jamie Overton for two sixes, both earned through cut shots. Pune went past the 100 run mark in the ninth over bowled by Shinwari. Cadmore reached his half century in 21 balls lifting Shinwari for a six. He continued his six-hitting spree by lifting Helm for a straight sixth in the last over and remained unbeaten on 61.
Chasing the target, Chris Gayle and Paul Stirling, two of the hardest hitters in the game, walked in. Mohammad Amir bowled a tight first over giving away just four runs. The second over from Munis Ansari saw Gayle hit an elegantly flicked six over mid-wicket. Stirling would have fell at his score on six had Karan at deep mid-wicket not dropped him off Ansari. However, luck did not favour him again as Hardus Viljoen had him caught behind for 23 in the third over. Next man Joe Clarke began by hitting Viljoen for two successive boundaries.
Karan picked the prize wicket of Gayle in the fourth over, forcing him to play on to his wicket, for 9. UAE left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza clean bowled Wright, who went for a slog sweep, for 6 with the third ball of the fight over. Clarke continued his big hitting by taking two boundaries off the last balls from Raza.
Team Abu Dhabi needed another 59 runs from the last five overs. Ben Duckett accelerated the run flow by hitting skipper Nasir Hossain’s first three deliveries for a boundary and two sixes to pick 19 runs off the over.
Viljoen, who was introduced for the seventh over, had Duckett caught and bowled for 20 with his second delivery and yorked Clarke with the third ball. Overton along with Zadran began to attack. Overton hit Amir for two boundaries in the eight over to pick 15 runs. Abu Dhabi needed 13 runs from the last two overs. Overton smashed Ansari’s first delivery of the ninth over for a straight six to ensure the victory.
Team Abu Dhabi bt Pune Devils by five wickets. Pune Devils 129 for 4 in 10 overs (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 61n.o, Chadwick Walton 23, Devon Thomas 21, Obed McCoy 2 for 9) Team Abu Dhabi 130 for 5 in 8.3 overs (Paul Stirling 23, Joe Clarke 29, Ben Duckett 20, Jamie Overton 38n.o, Hardus Viljoen 3 for 36) Man of the match: Obed McCoy
About Abu Dhabi T10
Abu Dhabi T10 is the world’s only ten-over cricket tournament officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). It is the first ever internationally approved ten-over format competition.
The second edition of Abu Dhabi T10 will be held from 28th January – 6th February 2020. Abu Dhabi T10 is a UAE league that has now become a globally accepted cricket format. Matches have 10-over-a-side format and duration of 45 minutes a side totalling 90 minutes of play.
The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. The Abu Dhabi T10 tournament is a short, high energy format loved by global audiences and international cricket stars alike.