ABU DHABI: Andre Fletcher played a blistering 41-run knock to power Deccan Gladiators to a dominant 63-run victory over bottom-ranked Team Abu Dhabi in the 12th Abu Dhabi T10 League match at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Team Abu Dhabi invited Gladiators to bat first, who raced to 35 runs in the fourth over courtesy of Nicholas Pooran’s 17-ball 30.
However, Rumman Raees halted their progress with back-to-back wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Andre Russell.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore was then joined by Fletcher and together they added 79 runs from 24 balls.
The partnership ended with Noor Ahmed removing Fletcher at a total of 114 in the eighth over after the batter had scored 41 runs from 12 balls laced with five sixes and one boundary.
Cadmore was then dismissed in the next over by Tymal Mills after scoring 35 off 17 with the help of two boundaries and as many sixes.
David Wiese then played a 15-run cameo off 6 balls including two sixes in the last over to push Gladiators total to a mammoth 141-6 in ten overs.
Raees and Mills picked two wickets each, while Noor Ahmed and Roelof van der Merwe picked one each.
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In response, Team Abu Dhabi lost their first three wickets with only 16 runs on the board in the fifth over.
Leus du Plooy and Colin Ingram (19) then knitted a partnership of 41 runs from 20 balls before the latter was dismissed by Nuwan Thushara.
Plooy scored 25 off 18 with the help of three boundaries before getting out in the final over.
Team Abu Dhabi ended up scoring only 78-5 in their ten overs, succumbing to a massive 63-run loss, extending their losing streak to four games.
Nuwan Thushara picked up two wickets and gave away only five runs, while Imad Wasim, Trent Boult and Zahoor Khan picked one wicket each.