Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Gulf Giants, 3rd Match
Gulf Giants won by 6 wkts
That's all from the first contest of the day. Join us back in a while for the game between Desert Vipers and Sharjah Warriors. Ciao!
Sanchit Sharma | Player of the Match: I would like the Giants for picking me. It's my first franchise cricket match. Was a bit nervous. I think the third wicket was a nice one, was good to get that. The captain and the senior bowlers have helped me.
James Vince: Great start. The bowlers set up the game for us. A low total made the run chase a lot easier. It's nice to have lot of options, but at certain times it can be confusing. It was outstanding today. We had few practice games after arriving here. We need to play again tomorrow, so it's going to be a quick turnaround.
Sunil Narine: It was a decent pitch, we didn't get the start we wanted. Well played to them as well. We can falter any decision based on the toss. I think if we had applied ourselves better, it would have been a good game.
17:42 Local Time, 13:42 GMT, 19:12 IST: Gulf Giants open their account with an emphatic win, and that's the second loss of the tournament for Abu Dhabi Knight Riders. They lost while chasing against Dubai Capitals, and they have lost while defending today. Stirling and Russell chipped in with small contributions, but others weren't able to do so. In reply, the Giants lost an early wicket of Rehan Ahmed, but their captain - James Vince played a fantastic knock and put his team in a commanding position. He departed with only 21 runs to get, and the Giants lost a few wickets in quick succession, but they managed to get over the line comfortably in the end. Stay tuned for the presentations..
14.2 Akeal Hosein to Hetmyer, 1 run, played through the leg-side by Hetmyer and that's that. Giants win convincingly
14.1Akeal Hosein to Hetmyer, SIX, short ball on middle and leg, Hetmyer rocks back and pulls this over deep mid-wicket for half-a-dozen
14.1 Akeal Hosein to Hetmyer, wide, fires this one down the leg-side and that's a wide ball
GLG: 107-4 after 14 overs
13.6Narine to Hetmyer, 1 run, played through mid-wicket by Hetmyer
13.5 Narine to Wiese, 1 run, touch short on middle and leg, Wiese bunts this to long-on for one
13.4Narine to Wiese, 1 run, knocks this down the ground for a couple of runs
13.3 Narine to Wiese, no run, off the pads this flies to Stirling at slip. Appeal for an lbw and a catch, but the umpire shows no interest. Was a sweep that the batter was attempting
13.2 Narine to Hetmyer, 1 run, around the off-stump and Hetmyer plays this through the off-side for a single
13.1 Narine to Hetmyer, 2 runs, on the pads and Hetmyer clips it towards fine leg for a couple of runs
GLG: 101-4 after 13 overs
12.6 Akeal Hosein to Wiese, no run, quicker delivery outside off, Wiese goes for a drive, gets beaten
12.5 Akeal Hosein to Wiese, 2 runs, clips this through the leg-side for a couple of runs
12.4 Akeal Hosein to Hetmyer, 1 run, fraction short on middle and leg, Hetmyer works this through mid-wicket for a single
12.3 Akeal Hosein to Hetmyer, 2 runs, on the pads, and Hetmyer clips it through the leg-side for a couple of runs
12.2 Akeal Hosein to Wiese, 1 run, played through the off-side by Wiese for a single
David Wiese, right handed bat, comes to the crease