Andre Russell’s last ball stunt almost saved the match for Deccan Gladiators

Danny Brigg’s last ball six sealed the victory for Team Abu Dhabi and kept their unbeaten record in the ongoing Abu Dhabi T10 league so far.

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Team Abu Dhabi locked horns with Deccan Gladiators at the Sheikh Zayed International Stadium on Sunday. TAD skipper Liam Livingstone won the toss and opted to field first.

Batting first, Deccan Gladiators imposed a target of 97/9 in the first innings. They got off to a disappointing start having lost three wickets for three runs in the 2nd over of the game. They were reduced to 18/5 within the 5th over. Wanindu Hasaranga’s 30 run cameo off 18 deliveries and Odean Smith’s 10 ball 34 took Gladiators to a fighting total.

Wahab Riaz started the innings off by taking a wicket in the first over of Team Abu Dhabi’s innings. Odean Smith went on to take another wicket in the 2nd over of the game. But Wanindu Hasaranga changed the momentum of the game by scalping two wickets in the 4th over. Abu Dhabi were suddenly reduced to 40/4. Hasaranga shined once again when he came to bowl his 2nd over. He was on a hattrick twice in two overs.

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Andre Russel leaked 17 runs in the penultimate over of the game which took Team Abu Dhabi to a comfortable position. They required 14 runs in the final over with Jamie Overton and Danny Briggs on the pitch.

Hamid Hasan came to bowl the final over of the game. He leaked 9 runs in the first five deliveries. While bowling the penultimate ball of the over, Hamid was seen limping off the field. So, Anwar Ali was brought in to complete the over.

Danny Briggs top edged the delivery which went very high in the air towards fine leg. Andre Russel got hold of the ball and threw the ball into the playing field. But the third umpire had a look at the replays and confirmed that Russell’s foot made contact with the advertising cushion when he made contact with the ball. The third umpire therefore signaled it as a ‘SIX’.  

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Team Abu Dhabi chased the target with four wickets in hand.

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