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Team Abu Dhabi tame Bulls with last-gasp T10 victory


For the second time in the tournament Team Abu Dhabi pulled off a thrilling last-ball victory, this time edging Delhi Bulls yesterday for a fifth win to maintain their perfect start to the Abu Dhabi T10.

Team Abu Dhabi required 10 runs off the last two deliveries and Jamie Overton proceeded to pummel both Dwayne Bravo deliveries for six to take them over the line at the Zayed Cricket stadium.

Needing 18 from the final over, Chris Gayle lofted the first ball over the long-off fence. The next was a dot followed by a leg bye.

Gayle was then run out at the non-striker’s end after Overton called for two.

Phil Salt (56) and Liam Livingston­e (25) set the platform for Abu Dhabi with a fine 74run stand for the second wicket before both fell to Dominic Drake in the eighth over. Salt’s 23-ball knock featured five sixes and three fours while Livingston­e hit two maximums and one four in his 20-ball 25.

“We got plenty of options all-round and we are playing good cricket,” captain Livingston­e said.

“We don’t want to lose. We keep saying that we’ll get bowled out for 50 in one of these games.

“Having said that, we definitely are playing some very good cricket. There is always areas to improve but it was a good win tonight.”

The Bulls were 73-3 in 7.3 when Romario Shepherd arrived at the crease to deliver an 11-ball 39 not out.

His knock included four sixes and three fours as he took his team’s score to a respectabl­e 121-4 which almost proved enough.

In the late game, Northern Warriors reached 152-4 against Chennai Braves before winning by 19 runs.

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