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UAE Pacers Sanchit Sharma leads Gulf Giants to 6-goal win over Abu Dhabi Cavaliers

UAE Pacers Sanchit Sharma leads Gulf Giants to 6-goal win over Abu Dhabi Cavaliers

Last updated: Jan 15, 2023 at 23:19 UTC

Sanchit Sharma (IANS Image)

Sanchit Sharma (IANS Image)

Gulf Giants captain James Vince led the way with 65 points on 44 goals as his team chased goals with 14.1 points.

UAE fast bowler Sanchit Sharma ignites Zayed cricket The Gulf Giants put in a solid performance on the pitch (3-9) as they beat the Abu Dhabi Knights by six wickets in their third match of the International League T20 on Sunday.

Sharma’s stellar play helped the Giants limit the Cavaliers to nine of 114 games played. Since then, Gulf Giants captain James Vince has led the way with 65 runs on 44 goals, with his team chasing down 14.1 goals.

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After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Abu Dhabi Knights were unable to get their innings going from the start. Sanchit Sharma knocked off Colin Ingram with a 10-run 7 in the fourth quarter, and he took two wickets in a streak to beat Brandon King and Connor Esterhuizen.

Liam Dawson also joined in the eighth, sending Paul Sterling on a 20-run run that put the Abu Dhabi Cavaliers down 34 for 4.

Andre Russell tried to take center stage with a couple of boundaries and sixes, however, his innings were short-lived as he was hit by Chris Jordan for 26 from 12 balls to give the Cavaliers Leading 66-6 in the 12th inning.

Captain Sunil Narine beat Rehan Ahmed in the first over in the 13th over, but he was on his way back to the pavilion in the next innings when David Wiese caught 11 runs in 11 overs.

Knight Rider found the fence just twice after Nalin left. Zawar Farid hit Jordan for six in the 18th inning, before hitting Richard Gleeson out of bounds in the next inning.

Jordan played a fine final, beating Zalwar Faried with 19 runs off 24 balls, while the Cavaliers managed just 114 runs off nine shots in the required 20 rounds.

Despite Abu Dhabi Knights’ relatively low total, Ravi Rampaul kept his side’s hopes alive with an early wicket. In the third innings, he dismissed Rehan Ahmed for seven off nine balls. But all those hopes were dashed when captain James Vince beat Lambauer with 2 fours and a 6 at the end of the fifth quarter to bring the Giants to 40-1.

Ollie Pope also upped the ante after that when he hit Matiullah Khan for two in the sixth. Vince continued to display his peak form and boosted his half-century performance after hitting six runs in a row against Akhil Hussein in the ninth.

However, Knight Riders captain Narine ended Vince and Pope’s 75 as he beat Vince’s 44-ball 65 and Pope’s 18 for 18 in the 12th innings.

Gerhard Erasmus also fell in the first bowl of the 13th innings, but the wickets came too late as the Giants came within 20 runs of their target, 4 for 95 . Shimron Hetmyer broke Akeal Hosein’s record high as the Giants ended their chase with just 14.1 overs.

“I’m very happy with my performance. It was the start of a dream for me. I took three big wickets – opener, number three and batsman four. Those wickets set up the game for us. I bowled with the new ball in practice so I am sure I will be using the new ball in today’s game,” Sangeet said after the win.

Brief score: Abu Dhabi Knights 114/9 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 26, Paul Sterling 20, Sanchet Sharma 3-9, Chris Jordan 3- 28) Takes six wickets in a 115/4 loss to the Bay Giants (James Vince 65, Sunil Narine 2-21) in 14.1 overs.

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(This story was published unedited by News18 staff from a syndicated news agency feed)

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