Debutants Team Abu Dhabi, Lahore Qalandars finish all square
Team Abu Dhabi were aided by a neat knock from New Zealander Corey Anderson
Two debutants headlined the last match on the opening night of the third season of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 League and it ended all square with the match ending in a dramatic tie.
Team Abu Dhabi and the Lahore Qalandars squared off and went toe to toe at the Zayed Cricket Stadium and the crowd were treated to a thriller.
Earlier, Team Abu Dhabi, the debutants racked up the highest total of the opening night, a score of 103 for the loss of six wickets in their allotment.
They were aided by a neat knock from New Zealander Corey Anderson. The southpaw struck 43 from 22 deliveries with the help of three boundaries and an equal number of sixes.
His was the top score in Team Abu Dhabi's innings after openers Luke Wright and Niroshan Dickwella had made 20 and 17 respectively.
Lewis Gregory, who made his England debut in the T20 series against New Zealand earlier this month, and also making his debut in the T10, came up with a vital 11 from nine balls.
Captain Moeen Ali, known for his attacking batting could only muster seven from four balls with a six before he was caught by countryman and England debutant, the 21-year-old Tom Banton, off leg spinner Seekkuge Prasanna.
Former Nepal captain Paras Khadka remained unbeaten on three from three balls.
Medium pacer Lahiru Kumara took two for 22 for the Lahore Qalandars.
The Qalandars made a steady start to the chase even though the UAE's Rohan Mustafa came up with a tidy first over.
Moeen Ali took the punt on Mustafa and the off-spinner kept the openers - Tom Banton and Luke Ronchi in check and gave away a miserly six runs.
Although Mustafa conceded two boundaries, he still finished with decent figures of two overs for 15 runs.
Banton, who has been highly spoken about when it comes to the short forms of the game and who made his debut in the T20 series against New Zealand, coshed 16 from nine deliveries which was peppered with three boundaries.
But his knock was nipped in the bud after he fell leg before to Richard Gleeson. Ronchi and captain Dawid Malan, one of the late inclusions after Pakistan players were denied NOCs by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), put together a 44-run stand for the second wicket.
Marchant de Lange put an end to the partnership by having Malan caught by Ben Laughlin. The left-handed Malan made an 18-ball 33 with the help of six boundaries and a six.
Ronchi and Philip Salt inched the Qalandars closer and they needed nine from the final over. Salt smashed a boundary off Lange to bring the equation down to two needed from two deliveries. But he was out the next ball, nicking it down the leg side to wicketkeeper Dickwella.
It came to two runs from the final delivery and Prasanna scrambled for a single as the match ended in a thrilling tie.
Team Abu Dhabi: 103 for 6 in 10 overs (Corey Anderson 43, Luke Wright 20, Niroshan Dickwella 17, Lewis Gregory 11, Lahiru Kumara 2-22) Lahore Qalandars: 103 for 3 in 10 overs (Dawid Malan 33, Philip Salt 33, Luke Ronchi 23 not out, Tom Banton 16, Marchant de Lange 2-20).
Man of the Match: Dawid Malan (Lahore Qalandars)
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