Pooran takes Northern Warriors to convincing win over Delhi Bulls in Abu Dhabi T10
Nicholas Pooran and the Northern Warriors have tamed the charging Delhi Bulls. In spite of Eoin Morgan providing a Captain’s innings of 56 to steady the Bulls following a top-order collapse, the team’s bowling line up could not restrict or deliver the wicket of Pooran, who romped home to win the match for the Northern Warriors.
The clash between Northern Warriors and Delhi Bulls started in an emphatic fashion with a dramatic first over in which Australian spinner Chris Green found himself on a hat trick on the third ball of the first over following the brilliant dismissals of Kusal Perera and Sherfane Rutherford. Green continued to bamboozle the hapless Delhi Bulls’ batsmen with yet another ripper, this time through the defences of Muhammad Usman, to register impressive figures of 3-6 in only eight balls. The Bulls once again found themselves reliant on the partnership of Eoin Morgan and Angelo Matthews, as they found themselves at 23-3 after three overs.
Boundaries dried up as the Warriors’ impressive spinners suffocated their opponents from runs. The pair however dug deep, with Morgan smashing three magnificent sixes in an over, a much-needed turning point in the innings. Despite Matthews’ fall, Captain Eoin charged on, reaching a tenacious half-century with a glorious six midway through the seventh over, but he departed shortly after, leaving his team 15 runs shy of a hundred. Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi and England’s David Willey carried Delhi Bulls over the hundred mark, ensuring a strong end to their innings in the face of aggressive warriors’ bowling, giving them a lead of 107 to defend.
As night descended over the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Northern Warriors’ rearranged top batting order looked to provide a blistering start for their team in order to improve their performance in the tournament. West Indian pair Nicholas Pooran and Lendl Simmons duly delivered, devastating the Bulls’ pace attack posting 48 runs in 22 balls before the latter fell, failing to make ground before he was run out by wicket keeper Kusal Perera. Fans watched in delight as Andre Russell brought his trademark maverick batting style to the crease, putting his team in the driving seat with a rapid 22 runs from 7 deliveries before succumbing to a bouncer from Sri Lankan fast pace bowler Dushmantha Chameera.
Nicholas Pooran watched as Sam Billings lost his wicket for a cheap seven and Captain Darren Sammy was dismissed for a duck, but Pooran continued to anchor the innings through a disciplined batting performance that inched his team closer to victory. The opener clinched victory for his team and a half-century for himself with an awesome display of power hitting that shot the final ball over the bowler’s head for six – handing the Northern Warriors a six wicket victory.
Following his deserving Man of the Match performance for his 56 off 25* Nicholas Pooran, commented in the post match press conference: “We had a very aggressive game plan with both bat and ball, and that is something that gave me the freedom to go out there and play some nice shots today. I knew that if I was to stay to the end of the innings then we would win the game comfortably, so all in all it was a perfect run chase”
Despite his team’s loss Morgan seemed intent on focusing on the positives of the format of T10 commenting: “I love this format. It certainly has a massive x-factor, and is extremely popular with the fans as well as the players, because it pushes us to take greater risk and adapt to a faster game.”
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