T10 League: Northern Warriors beat Maratha Arabians, to play Afridi's Pakhtoons in final
Northern Warriors won Eliminator 2 by 10 wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Despite losing the Qualifier to the Shahid Afridi-inspired Pakhtoons, Northern Warriors bounced back in style with a 10-wicket win over Maratha Arabians in the Eliminator 2 to book their place in the final of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
With this emphatic win, the Warriors have set up a final with Afridi's Pakhtoons.
The final will be played on Sunday (8pm).
Meanwhile, Maratha Arabians will take on Bengal Tigers in a third-place match on Sunday (5:45pm).
Maratha Arabians, which beat Bengal Tigers in Eliminator 1, could only make 72/8 in 10 overs after being put into bat by Warriors captain Darren Sammy.
South African pace bowler Hardus Viljoen (3/6) was the best Warriors bowler in the match, while veteran Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz (2/7) and West Indies pacer Andre Russell (2/21) also impressed with the ball.
Maratha Arabians never recovered after losing Alex Hales (6) in the second over of their innings.
The England opener hit a stunning 87 in Eliminator 1 against Bengal Tigers.
But once South African off-spinner Chris Green (1/16) dismissed him in his first over, Maratha Arabians never recovered as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Such was the dominance of Northern Warriors that only opener Hazratullah Zazai (15, 7 balls, 2 fours, 1 six) and captain Dwayne Bravo (13, 12 balls, 1 six) reached double figures.
In reply, the Warriors' West Indian openers Nicholas Pooran (43 not out, 16 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes) and Lendl Simmons (31 not out, 14 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) just toyed with the Maratha bowlers as they helped the team reach the target in just five overs.
Brief scores: Maratha Arabians 72/8 in 10 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 15, Dwayne Bravo 13; Hardus Viljoen 3/6, Wahab Riaz 2/7, Andre Russell 2/21) lost to Northern Warriors 74/0 in 5 overs (Nicholas Pooran 43 not out, Lendl Simmons 31 not out) by 10 wickets.
Pakhtoons beat Northern Warriors by 13 runs
Maratha Arabians beat Bengal Tigers by seven wickets
Northern Warriors beat Maratha Arabians by 10 wickets
Third place match
Maratha Arabians vs Bengal Tigers
Northern Warriors vs Pakhtoons
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
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