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Zazai helps Tigers complete hat-trick in Abu Dhabi T10


Bangla Tigers notched up their third straight win after a thumping nine-wicket triumph over Deccan Gladiators in the Abu Dhabi T10 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Opener Hazratulla­h Zazai led the charge with a brilliant 26-ball 59 not out to take the Tigers home with 11 deliveries to spare.

Having restricted the Gladiators to 116-5, the Tigers lost Johnson Charles at the end of the second over, but not before the West Indian had smashed a couple of sixes and as many fours in a 10-ball 22.

Zazai and Will Jacks (28 not out) then took control of the game by carting the Gladiators bowling all over the park.

“The guys are playing really well,” Tigers captain Faf du Plessis said of their performanc­e.

“The bowling has been fantastic right throughout the tournament. We have seen some really stand-out performanc­es in the last three games.

Mohammed Aamir, playing his first game, grabbed with wicket of Tom Kohler-Cadmore in his first over and Du Plessis said the Pakistani quick was a good addition to an already lethal attack.

Benny Howell was the pick of the Tigers bowling with 2-16 from two while James Faulkner and Luke Wood bowled two tidy overs each.

For the Gladiators, opener Tom Banton hit two sixes and two fours for an 18-ball 30. Then David Wiese and Odean Smith added 33 in 13 balls in an unfinished stand for the sixth wicket.

Wiese hit three sixes in a 14ball 25 and Smith took just eight balls for his 26 that included a four and three sixes.

In the other match of the day, Delhi Bulls registered an eight-wicket win over Northern Warriors.

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