Karim Jannat and David Miller helped the Morrisville Samps beat Chennai Braves by 8 wickets to extend their victory in the ongoing Abu Dhabi T10 League at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, here on Sunday.
Samp Army, making their debut in this tournament, scored their third successive victory with Janat and Miller’s unbeaten 76-run partnership for the third wicket. Gannat remained undefeated on 58 off 28 balls with a six over and one boundary while Miller remained unbeaten with 17 in due time.
Apart from them, Johnson Charles also played a valuable knockout with 23 runs. Army Samp chased the target with four balls to spare after Chennai Braves scored 105 for 4 in 10 overs.
Samb’s army won the lottery and was elected to the field. Chennai Braves openers Adam Rossington and Dawid Malan got off to a good start with Malan getting a boundary from Sheldon Cottrell for third and Rossington hitting the last over for square leg from six to deep. Rossington also penalized George Garton for a six leg fine in the next over.
Enrich Norte bowled an impressive third despite giving up only five runs, but Malan made up for it with the next off Karim Jannat. He hit consecutive sixes from his first two deliveries, one six to mid-wicket deep and one to square leg deep.
In the fifth over with the fifth ball, Rossington was caught by Ahmed Raza by wicket-keeper Johnson Charles for 19. On the sixth over, Malan also followed, bowled clean by Dwayne Pretorius’ second delivery for 32 balls. Sixes and single borders.
Ross Whiteley hit Pretorius’ fifth delivery for six over the middle of the wicket. Raza bowling in the second over gave Whitley nothing but a boundary. The Braves’ odds of a big score began to fade when Pretorius pitched narrowly after giving up only eight runs.
The Braves needed 19 more innings to reach the 100 mark with only two left. Cottrell was reintroduced for the ninth time. Dan Lawrence rose to the challenge and hit Cottrell to a length from six to square leg deep, also choosing a boundary past the backstop. Seventeen runs came out of that.
Norte, who was bowled last ball by Lawrence, on 21, was caught mid-wicket by George Garton, running back for a good umpire. Carlos Brathwaite pulled Norte straight to David Miller off the last ball for 1. In the end, the Braves scored 105 for 4 in their 10 overs.
In response, the Samp Army needed a steady start and Johnson Charles and Commander Moeen Ali provided it. Charles, in his usual style, hit Ollie Stone with two successive edges from the second and third deliveries of the first. He also penalized Charles James Fuller for two edges in the second.
Sam Cooke, who bowled the third ball, provided the breakthrough by having Stone catch Moeen Ali at the halfway point for 6 runs and giving up only seven runs.
Brathwaite who bowled the third wicket picked up the prize wicket for Johnson Charles with his third delivery. Charles hit Brathwaite’s full toss high into Whiteley’s hands for 23. His batting was 13 balls from five boundaries. Brathwaite gave just seven runs in it.
Skipper Sikandar Raza submitted himself for fifth place. He hit the first five shots tightly but Karim Jannat hit six off the last ball to cut it wide. However, only eight runs came out of that. The sixth goal from Saber Rao was well used by Jannat hitting consecutive sixes. Fifteen runs came out of that.
David Miller swept Raza with six in the seventh and took 11 of that. With 35 runs needed off the last 18 balls, it was anyone’s game. Stone threw eight court to give up no boundaries. This resulted in 26 runs required from the last 12 balls.
Sam Cooke pitched the ninth inning and Gnatt pulled his third delivery for six. Miller also picked a boundary off the fifth ball and had 15 runs out of that.
I started last with Samp Army needing 11 runs off six balls. Janat made Brathwaite’s first delivery for six and reached a half century in 27 balls. He also hit the second delivery for six to win the match by eight wickets.
Brief scores: Chennai Braves 105/4 in 10 overs (Dawid Malan 32, Dan Lawrence 21, Ross Whiteley 21 not out; Enrich Norte 2-11) lost to Morrisville Samb Army 107/2 in 9.2 overs (Karim Jannat 58 not out, Johnson Charles 23, David Miller 17; Carlos Brathwaite 1-19) by 8 wickets