Timely strike gives New York Strikers morale booster win over Chennai Braves

Newcomer New York Strikers scored a morale 27-run victory over Chennai Braves in Abu Dhabi T10 match at Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Although the New York Strikers could only post 99 for 6, the bowlers did brilliantly to restrict Chennai Braves to 72 for 6 in 10 overs.

Chennai Braves won the toss and elected to field. The New York Strikers, who lost their opening match on the first day of the Abu Dhabi T10 to the Bangla Tigers, started with opener Paul Sterling hitting two consecutive edges from Patrick Dooley. Stirling continued his big hits, scoring two boundaries and a six off Henri Boques’ second score. Dooley got the opener Mohamed Wasim, who was stumped by wicket-keeper Adam Rossington for 2. This brought on Eoin Morgan who started by batting Dooley for the limit to short leg. Sterling quickly accelerated the run with a six off of Carlos Brathwaite’s fourth down. Sixteen runs out Brathwaite. In the fifth over, Sikander Raza took out Eoin Morgan for 15, caught mid-wicket deep off Brooks.

The New York Strikers suffered a big blow in the sixth inning when Kieron Pollard was dismissed by Fuller, caught by Brathwaite under extra cover, for 1. At the same time, Fuller also removed Stirling for 32 caught by Brookes in the middle deep wicket. Along with falling quick wickets, Raza bowled a good seventh after giving up only eight runs. Then Romario Shepherd and Azam Khan started hitting hard. Azam began hitting boundaries off Brooks, who bowled the eighth ball. Romário Shepherd followed it up by hitting successive sixes from Brooks to the middle of the wicket. Brooks hit the fifth ball with Sheppard caught by Sikander Raza with an extra cover for 19. Brathwaite pulled things back again by bowling a good nine despite only giving up five runs.

When the bowled Fuller eventually had Azam Khan out-of-bounds by Dooely at the long limit for 11, it became clear that the New York Strikers would be limited to just under the 100 mark. Jordan Thompson hit six from the last ball on extra cap to secure a total of 99. for 6 in 10 overs and remained unbeaten in 15. Chennai Braves started on a wrong note, losing opener David Malan clean on the second ball of the first off Achil Hussain for a duck. The veteran Rampaul pitched a second off shortstop to opener Adam Rossington and a one-drop off Michael Pepper giving up only four runs. Hussain struck again in the third when Rossington’s heart swept Stirling at the gully for 2. Raza threw another impressive fourth despite giving up just four runs and also removing Michael Pepper. With the last ball of that ball, Bieber was caught brilliantly by Mohammed Wasim in the middle of the wicket deep for 9.

The New York Strikers took control of the game when Jordan Thompson captain Sikander Raza hit the first ball from the fifth and only missed six runs. At the halfway point, the Braves were struggling for a run as the score went 20 to just 4. Despite scoring nine runs from the sixth inning off Romário Shepherd, the seventh saw Ross Whiteley fall to Thompson, who was caught mid-wicket. For 8. The New York Strikers’ bowling was so tight that the first six of the innings only came in the seventh over when James Fuller hit Thompson to mid-wicket. When James Fuller was also left by Pollard in a wide off Wahab Riaz for 6, Chennai’s score was 38 for 6 in 7.2 overs. The second six of the innings came when Brathwaite hit Wahab Riaz long. With a need of 53 runs in 12 balls, promising young Emirati batsman Vritya Aravind has joined Brathwaite. He hit Rumpole to a boundary at third man short. Thought Brathwaite hit Wahab Riaz for a six in the final innings to remain unbeaten on 22 and Aravind with an unbeaten 18 off eight balls, Chennai Braves were restricted to 72 for 6.

West Indies all-rounder Akil Hussain was named man of the match for his fine bowling spell. Brief scores:

New York Strikers beat Chennai Braves 27 times. New York Strikers 99 for 6 in 10 overs (Paul Sterling 32, James Fuller 3 for 15) Chennai Braves 72 for 6 in 10 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 22*, Akil Hussain 2 for 6, Jordan Thompson 2 for 11) (ANI) )

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