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Gladiators bounce back through Watson

James Jose/Abu Dhabi
Filed on November 16, 2019
Shane Watson powered Deccan Gladiators to victory with a brisk knock of 41 runs off 25 balls. - Photo by Ryan Lim

Gladiators pull off a thrilling win over Bangla Tigers in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 League on Saturday.

Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson led from the front as the Deccan Gladiators bounced back to pull off a thrilling win over new team the Bangla Tigers in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 League on Saturday.

Watson, the Gladiators captain, coshed a 25-ball 41 with three boundaries and an equal number of sixes his side put their opening defeat to the Delhi Bulls behind with a six-wicket win over the Tigers with a ball remaining, at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.

"I wouldn't say it was an easy target when you have got to get 10 runs an over or over 10 runs an over. It is never easy in a 10-over game," Watson said after the game.

"Obviously, we got off to a good start with (Anton) Devcich and me building a really good partnership. But even at 10 an over, you still need to keep hitting the boundaries. So, it worked out well in the end," he added.

Thisara Perera, Watson's opposite number, felt they were probably a couple of runs short.

"It was a good score to defend but a couple of big overs in-between cost us the game," said Perera.

"At one stage of our innings, we thought we could get around 120 score but it was still a good target to defend. We had some pretty good bowlers, yet it didn't go our way. Hopefully next game," added the Sri Lankan.

Earlier, opener Andre Fletcher lasted just four balls and fell early, but his partner Rilee Rossouw and Colin Ingram kept the Bangla Tigers going.

Both got cracking and smoked a couple of sixes each with Zahir Khan and Mason Crane bearing the brunt of their ruthless assault.

But the stand out shot early on was when Rossouw flat-batted Migael Pretorius's slower ball and it raced past a diving Shane Watson at mid-off for a boundary.

But Crane was to get his revenge as Rossouw failed to read the leg spinner's googly and the leading edge was gobbled up by the bowler.

Following a quite over where Ingram ticked it for singles and twos, Ingram resumed by smacking the other leg spinner for two sixes.

Moores, the 23-year-old son of former England coach Peter Moores too joined in by welcoming Ben Cutting into the attack with a boundary and six off successive deliveries.


Brief scores:

Bangla Tigers: 108 for 5 in 10 overs (Colin Ingram 37, Rilee Rossouw 26, Tom Moores 15, Robbie Frylinck 12 not out, Migael Pretorius 3-10) lost to Deccan Gladiators: 109 for 4 in 9.5 overs (Shane Watson 41, Anton Devcich 27, Daniel Lawrence 15, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 12, David Wiese 2-15) by 6 wickets.

Man of the Match: Shane Watson (Deccan Gladiators)

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