T10 League 2017 – Day 3 Round up
Team Sri Lanka have rounded-off their campaign without registering any points on the table.
Published - Dec 17, 2017 10:14 am | Updated - Dec 17, 2017 10:14 am
Pakhtoons, Punjabi Legends, Maratha Arabians, and the Kerala Kings have made it to the semifinals of the inaugural T10 League. With form favoring them, Pakhtoons are looking unbeatable as of now. Day 3’s proceedings started with the Pakhtoons taking on the Bengal Tigers and this was a nervewracking encounter.
David Miller went all guns blazing as the Bengal Tigers first up scored a massive 126 runs on the board. Miller scored 68 off 26 balls, which included 7 big sixes. Johnson Charles chipped in with a crucial 28. Chasing this mammoth target, the Pakhtoons‘ opener Ahmed Shehzad and Shahid Afridi ensured the game was on with their exploits.
Fakhar Zaman chipped in with a crucial 11-ball 31 and it was set up brilliantly for the final over, with Pakhtoons needing 21 runs to win. Liam Dawson once again proved his attacking ability and clobbered 24 runs of the final over to send his side to the semifinals in style. He was eventually awarded the man of the match.
Team Sri Lanka have rounded-off their campaign without registering any points on the table. In the second play-off game, they took on the Kerala Kings. Batting first, Kerala Kings scored 112 runs in their 10 overs and after rain halted the play, the game was reduced to 8 overs with the revised target being 92.
Kieron Pollard absolutely blasted the Lankan attack and clobbered a 12-ball 40 which included 6 sixes. Chadwick Walton scored a quickfire 47 off 21 balls. The Kings chased the target down in just 6.1 overs, losing 2 wickets.
Rossouw shines yet again
Rilee Rossouw’s purple patch in the shortest format continued on Saturday as he steered the Maratha Arabians to a comfortable win. Batting first, Rossouw’s 27-ball 67 helped the Arabians score 130 runs in their 10 overs, losing six wickets. Luke Ronchi’s effort of 56 in 31 balls was decent, but not good enough to win them the match. Punjabi Legends could only manage 116 runs in their 10 overs, gifting the Arabians a priceless 14-run win.
In the final game of the day, played between Bengal Tigers and Team Sri Lanka for the fifth position, Bengal Tigers emerged victorious. Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored a brilliant 65 off 27 balls to steer his side to 115 runs on the board. Anwar Ali bowled brilliantly, picking up one wicket and giving away just 10 runs in his two overs.
Johnson Charles and David Miller ensured the Tigers went past the target despite some early wickets. Charles finished with a 15-ball 36 whilst Miller clobbered 25 runs in 8 balls. It was an easy win for the Tigers eventually and the Lankans managed to remain winless in the entire tournament.
Bengal Tigers v Pakhtoons, Play-off 1
Bengal Tigers: 126/2 in 10 overs (David Miller 68*)
Pakhtoons: 130/4 in 10 overs (Fakhar Zaman 31, Ahmed Shehzad 38)
Player of the match: Liam Dawson
Kerala Kings v Team Sri Lanka, Play-off 2
Team Sri Lanka: 112/3 in 10 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 38)
Kerala Kings (D/L): 92/2 in 6.1 overs (Kieron Pollard 40*, Chadwick Walton 47*)
Play of the match: Kieron Pollard
Punjabi Legends v Maratha Arabians, Play-off 3
Maratha Arabians: 130/6 in 10 overs (Rilee Rossouw 67, Asghar Stanikzai 26)
Punjabi Legends: 116/3 in 10 overs (Luke Ronchi 56)
Player of the match: Rilee Rossouw
Bengal Tigers v Team Sri Lanka, 5th place Play-off
Team Sri Lanka: 115/4 in 10 overs (Bhanuka Rajapaksa 65, Anwar Ali 1/10)
Bengal Tigers: 118/4 in 9.2 overs (Johnson Charles 36, David Miller 25*)