Twitter Reactions: MI Emirates thump Desert Vipers by 157 runs to register their fourth win of the season
Kieron Pollard's side posted the highest total of the ILT20 in the first innings against the Desert Vipers.
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MI Emirates dished out a punishment of the highest order to the high-flying Desert Vipers in Sharjah, defeating them by a resounding margin of 157 runs in a one-sided contest. Kieron Pollard's side batted first in the match and posted a massive total of 241 runs on the back of some sensational power-hitting by his batters, including himself.
Colin Munro, the skipper of the table-topping Desert Vipers, opted to bowl first after winning the toss on a batting-friendly surface. However, his decision backfired as Andre Fletcher and Muhammad Waseem started on the front foot for their side. The duo added 68 runs in the powerplay providing a flying start to their side.
Things got worse for the Vipers as the openers upped the ante in the following overs, adding 141 runs for the first wicket in just a little over 12 overs in the match. Fletcher was the first to depart after a brisk half-century. His opening partner missed out on a century after being dismissed for a 44-ball 86.
Munro's side were hoping to make a comeback in the game after the twin strikes. But their hopes were dashed when opposition skipper Kieron Pollard rolled back the years with a sizzling cameo. The Windies all-rounder smashed a 19-ball half-century to take his side to a daunting total of 241 runs in their 20 overs.
Desert Vipers surrendered meekly chasing a record target
Desert Vipers needed a miraculous effort to chase down the target, and their openers perished inside the first three overs to make the game a mere formality. The result was a foregone conclusion by now, but Munro's side threw their hands at everything in a desperate attempt to chase the target.
However, they fell well short of the target as only three batters managed to reach double figures during the chase. They even failed to play out their full quota of 20 overs as the innings eventually fizzled out for a lowly 84 runs on the board. Fazalhaq Farooqi was the star with the ball, scalping three wickets in his three overs to dent the hopes of the Vipers.
Here is how Twitter reacted to MI Emirates' thumping victory:
A big win for MI Emirates in ILT20 2023.#MIEmirates #ILT20 #ILT202023 #Cricket #DesertVipers #MEvDV pic.twitter.com/Mh9L24fK2s— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) January 29, 2023
The moment Waseem decided to cut loose 🙌#MIEmirates #OneFamily #DVvMIEpic.twitter.com/4SJFdGdqrV— MI Emirates (@MIEmirates) January 29, 2023
Fazalhaq Farooqi is pumped and so are we 😤#MIEmirates #OneFamily #DVvMIE pic.twitter.com/bqLCZ9ANec— MI Emirates (@MIEmirates) January 29, 2023
Pollard in the last 3 matches in ILT20: 50*(19), 67*(39), 86(38).— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 29, 2023
Waseem aced Watt's over. Aage aage dekho hota hai kya!— ZEE5 Tamil (@ZEE5Tamil) January 29, 2023
Bawaal start for MIE.
. #ZEE5 is here to entertain you all with live streaming of #ILT20.
. #Zee5 #zee5tamil #ILT20 #ilt20onzee5 pic.twitter.com/tOsroJ5d57
Highest total score of #ILT20 #241 pic.twitter.com/VIx855iVhV— ILT20 UAE (@ILT20UAE) January 29, 2023
Kieron Pollard 50 Runs in Just 19 Balls 4 four & 4 sixes— Mhr_Mubeen🇵🇰 (@MhrMubeen10) January 30, 2023
Great Knock!🔥#ILT20 pic.twitter.com/5lGLmZYudq
OUT! ☝️— MI Emirates (@MIEmirates) January 29, 2023
Tahir gets in on the act
One wicket to go... #MIEmirates #OneFamily #DVvMIE pic.twitter.com/DfwH1k7mCD
Pehele Waseem, fir Mousley aur ab Pollard 😉. #MIEmirates ne aaj Sharjah main #Bawaal macha diya 🙌.— ZeeCinema (@zeecinema) January 29, 2023
Follow @ilt20onzee for the live action #DVvMIE #CricketOnZee #DPWorldILT20 @TheDesertVipers @MIEmirates pic.twitter.com/umiFF1Y0pt
The highest total of the ILT20 ⛰️#MIEmirates #OneFamily #DVvMIE pic.twitter.com/NMraBbpxN5— MI Emirates (@MIEmirates) January 29, 2023