Twitter Reactions: Northern Warriors romp past spirited Pakhtoons to claim championship
Afridi and Co tried their hearts out, but in vain.
Published - Dec 2, 2018 11:53 pm | Updated - Dec 2, 2018 11:53 pm
A lot was expected from the final of the T10 League between Pakhtoons and Northern Warriors and the match didn’t let the audience down. The encounter at Sharjah Cricket Stadium was an exciting one and in the end, it was the Warriors who beat their opponent by 22 runs. Moreover, the team, captained by the dynamic Darren Sammy, also won the championship for the maiden time.
Russell and Powell power Warriors
The Pakhtoons got off to a decent start after winning the toss as Pakistani speedster Mohammad Irfan got rid of Lendl Simmons in his very first ball. However, Nicholas Pooran scored 18 from 10 balls with one boundary and a couple of sixes. Afghanistan spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf removed him in the fourth over. However, Rovman Powell and Andre Russell took the bowling by the scruff of their necks.
Powell, initially, took time to get going but came into his own as his knock progressed. Andre Russell went berserk and racked up 38 runs from 12 balls with three fours and four sixes. Skipper Shahid Afridi got rid of the hulk-like Jamaican in the seventh over. Powell carried on and raced away to 61 runs from 25 balls with eight fours and four sixes. The Warriors ended their innings on 140 in their allotted 20 overs.
Warriors win comfortably
In pursuit of the massive score, Pakhtoons lost their first wicket for 13 as off-break bowler Chris Green rattled Cameron Delport’s woodwork. Following the dismissal, Andre Fletcher came out all guns blazing and carted the bowling to score 37 runs from 18 balls. Just when it seemed as if he would take Pakhtoons to the brink of victory, Green got rid of the ominous-looking Windies batsman.
The onus was thereafter on Shafiqullah Shafiq and Afridi to guide their team home. Afridi cleared the roped a couple of times, but Hardus Viljoen rattled his woodwork. The speedster removed Colin Ingram for a duck in the next ball courtesy of a sharp catch from Pooran, running backwards. A few late wickets didn’t allow the Pakhtoons to press the accelerator and they fell way short of the target.
Here is how Twitter reacted
On a day when the West Indies got flattened by Bangladesh for a 2-0 series defeat, it’s funny to see Andre Russell, Rovman Powell And Darren Sammy smash bowlers around for fun in the #T10League. Spare a thought for @windiescricket fans!
— Mohamed Zeeshan (@ZeeMohamed_) December 2, 2018
3 West Indian player will b the excitement in #IPLAuction. Tremendous hitting capability…
— Rohit Sharma FC (@ImRohitian) December 2, 2018
Handpicked Rovman Powell for Quetta Gladiators in PSL season 2 when he had played only 5-6 T20s in CPL, people laughed & now he is a STAR 😊
— Nabeel Hashmi (@iNabeelHashmi) December 2, 2018
Never doubt Rovman Powell. Guy is a beast,he's going to dominate t20's.
— arfan. (@Im__Arfan) December 2, 2018
Junior Russ, Rovman Powell on act.
— J (@CricCrazyJohns) December 2, 2018
Probably The Biggest Six of the league from Rovman Powell
— Karthik Raj (@kartcric) December 2, 2018
Rovman Powell is a beast!
— srikrishna 🏏 (@1998Srikrishna) December 2, 2018
Northern Warriors led by Darren Sammy with 8 West Indians in a squad of 16 are the winners of the 2nd edition of the T10 League in Sharjah. #T10League
— Arjun Ashok (@arj_90) December 2, 2018
— Umar (@YyoungDesi) December 2, 2018
Congratulations @nwarriorst10 and @darensammy88 on becoming Champions of @T10League season 2 (2018). Well deserved victory.👏🏻@PakhtoonTeam has been outstanding throughout the tournament but hard luck 2day Thank u for the entertainment BOOM BOOM @SAfridiOfficial #T10League
— Sabuktageen Khan Afridi (@SabukAfridi) December 2, 2018
— Hamadullah Sohu (@hsohu) December 2, 2018
— AbDuL (@iammrabdul) December 2, 2018
Warrior's are the champion of this T10 season i think @SAfridiOfficial u don't have enough luck to win any title in your captaincy u work hard butt never done in past or present butt u always fought well love u lala #T10League #T10Final
— Bi£@£ M@£!k (@Malik2Bilal) December 2, 2018
Sammy Lucky captain
Afridi Unlucky captain
Sammy won many tournaments
Afridi won Zero
Warriors always favourites to win tonight#T10League
— Y A S I R (@Yasirhere) December 2, 2018
Hard luck Afridi
But no worries
U led the team from d front whole tournament💥
Thank you,you took your team to the finals💥
Thank you for great captaincy
Thank you for the stunning innings of 59*
Thank you for entertaining us through your massive sixes#T10League@SAfridiOfficial pic.twitter.com/ZVGuyua7YT
— Maham. (@DheetAfridian) December 2, 2018