ABU DHABI: Chennai Braves’ Jason Roy scored a 39-ball 84 to single-handedly edge Team Abu Dhabi by four runs in the fourth Abu Dhabi T10 League match at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Chennai Braves were invited to bat first by Team Abu Dhabi in the first game of both teams during the current season of the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
Chennai Braves got off to 40 runs swiftly in four overs before opening batter Kobe Herft (14) was sent back to the dugout by Dwaine Pretorius.
The other opening batter Jason Roy remained firm and waged a lone battle against Team Abu Dhabi amid falling wickets on the other end.
Jason Roy remained unbeaten at 84 in 39 balls with the help of six boundaries and seven sixes to help push his side’s total to 115-4 in their accumulative 10 overs.
Except for two openers, none of the Braves batters could reach double-figures as Team Abu Dhabi bowlers kept one end in control.
Pretorius returned with figures of 2-21, while Tymal Mills picked one wicket.
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In response, Team Abu Dhabi had a horrible start to their pursuit of a 116-run target as they slipped to 30-2 in three overs.
They lost two more wickets with an addition of 25 runs in the next three overs.
Team Abu Dhabi needed 61 runs in the last four overs with Leus du Plooy and Colin Ingram on the crease.
Plooy and Ingram counter-attacked Braves’ bowlers, but could not get their team over the line as they managed to score 17 runs in the final over while requiring 22 to win.
Leus du Plooy scored 18-ball 47, laced with three boundaries and four sixes, whereas, Colin Ingram scored 20 off 15.
Chennai Braves’ bowlers Aayan Afzal Khan, Sam Cook, Imran Tahir and Junaid Siddique all picked one wicket each.