Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Desert Vipers, 7th Match
Desert Vipers won by 7 wkts
That's all for today. The action continues tomorrow when the Dubai Capitals take on the Gulf Giants. Join us then, bye for now!
Wanindu Hasaranga | Player of the Match: I came after the India series and got straight to this game. Really happy with the win. I think this was a good toss to win, the pitch was a bit slow. My idea was to try and bowl dot balls. (On Russell) He's a dangerous player, I'm happy I got him out first ball.
Colin Munro: The wicket was a lot slower than we thought it would be. To have an addition like Hasaranga is brilliant. He got 3/18 which won us the game. Fielding is something we can still work on, we dropped a couple of catches today. If we hold on to them, we can be even better. Alex Hales is one of the best in T20 cricket, he is very mature. Hope he can continue this form for the rest of the tournament.
Sunil Narine: I think we needed more runs. Couple of wickets in the powerplay setup the game nicely for them. It boils down to making runs, if you bat first, you need to put a total. That's what we need to do as a batting unit. I think it was a nice surface, they bowled really well. We have it a good hit. Russ came in and got a couple of wickets but Alex Hales pulled them back. I think a small total, one good partnership is enough and that's what happened.
21:02 Local Time, 17:02 GMT, 22:32 IST: A walk in the park for the Desert Vipers. They go two for two in the ILT20, as the Knight Riders fall to a third loss. In all fairness, Sunil Narine's team never looked like threatening after getting just 133 on the board, and it was just about going through the motions. The Vipers got a quick start as local boy Rohan Mustafa played some stylish strokes over the infield. His cameo lasted for 21 balls, before he holed out to short fine. Colin Munro was out quickly as well, but the two Englishmen in Alex Hales and Sam Billings steadied the ship. The duo were very calculated with their stroke making, picking the field by hitting the ball into the right pockets. Hales played a few aggressive strokes as well, as he notched up another fifty. He couldn't stay till the end, as he chopped one back onto his stumps while facing Sunil Narine. Sherfane Rutherford however added the finishing touches with a cameo of 11, which included the winning six over deep backward square leg. Plenty to work on for the Abu Dhabi side, who only have a Brandon King first innings fifty to look back on fondly. Stick on for the presentations...
15.4 Russell to Rutherford, SIX, short pitched, Rutherford pulls it into the fence over deep backward square leg where there is no fielder. Desert Vipers have chased this down with more than four overs to spare!
15.3 Russell to Billings, 1 run, yorker, straying down leg. Billings shuffles closer to clip towards deep backward square leg
15.2 Russell to Billings, FOUR, half volley outside off, Billings turns his wrists on the cover drive to get it in the gap for a boundary.
15.1 Russell to Billings, 2 runs, short pitched, pulled past the fine leg fielder but deep backward square leg mops it up. Saves a couple of runs...
Andre Russell [3.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack
DV: 122-3 after 15 overs
14.6 Narine to Rutherford, no run, quicker on off, Rutherford defends back to Narine
14.5 Narine to Billings, 1 run, short delivery, dabbed to backward point
14.4 Narine to Rutherford, 3 runs, short and wide, late cut to the right of backward point and the fielder runs back and saves a run. Gets an assist from the ballboy who jumps onto the field to give the ball to the Knight Riders fielder. A moment in the sun for the young kid, he'll be famous in school tomorrow
14.3 Narine to Rutherford, 2 runs, full and quick on off, Rutherford dabs it past the slip fielder for a couple of runs
Sherfane Rutherford, left handed bat, comes to the crease
14.2 Narine to Hales, out Bowled!! There's no need to review that! This was short and wide, Hales goes for a punch towards sweeper cover but but this time chops it back onto his stumps. Something to celebrate for the Knight Riders, might delay their loss by a few overs. Hales b Narine 64(47) [4s-7 6s-1]
Narine to Hales, THATS OUT!! Bowled!!
14.1 Narine to Hales, no run, off-spinner that turns in, off the top of the pads and to the keeper. Narine's review saves him that wide!
Narine reviews for caught behind. The umpire has called that wide! Off-spinner that turns in, off the top of the pads and to the keeper
DV: 116-2 after 14 overs
13.6 Kumara to Hales, 1 run, another slower delivery, this was wider and Hales cuts it very hard but straight towards deep point