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Pollard’s Sensational Hitting Powers Gladiators To Top Position

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Karnataka Tuskers got off to a fine start with the new set of two openers, Evin Lewis and Johnson Charles adding 42 runs in 3.4 overs. Lewis contributed with a cameo of 23 runs off 14 balls before getting dismissed by Zahir Khan. The duo comprising of Charles and Hashim Amla then got together to guide the innings further.

Charles played a vital knock of 35 runs off just 18 balls that included 4 fours and 1 six. However, Amla remained unbeaten till the end at 32 runs off 19 balls in which he smashed four boundaries and helped Karnataka Tuskers finished with a strong total of 110 runs on the scoreboard. For the Deccan Gladiators, Zahir Khan, Miguel Pretorius and Fawad Ahmed took one wicket each.

While chasing a tricky target of 111 runs, the Deccan Gladiators got off to a horrendous start losing four early wickets in the form of Mohammad Shahzad, skipper Shane Watson, Anton Devcich and Daniel Lawrence. The pair of Kieron Pollard and Bhanuka Rajapaksa then joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. Pollard started smashing the Tuskers’ bowlers in all parts of the ground.

Pollard’s spectacular hitting and Rajapaksa’s cameo of 27 runs off just 7 balls totally turned the game on its head and propelled Deccan Gladiators to an emphatic win with 9 balls to spare. Pollard remained unbeaten till the end of the run-chase at 45 runs off just 22 balls that consisted of four huge sixes and one four.  

Brief Scores

Karnataka Tuskers: 110/3 in 10 overs (Johnson Charles-35, Hashim Amla-32*; Miguel Pretorius 1/19)

Deccan Gladiators: 111/5 in 8.3 overs (Kieron Pollard-45*, Bhanuka Rajapaksa-27; Shapoor Zadran 2/18)

Result: Deccan Gladiators won the match by 5 wickets.