After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, Deccan Gladiators got off to an entertaining start with the two openers, Mohammad Shahzad and Shane Watson going berserk from the very first ball. The two openers stitched an amazing partnership of 60 runs for the first wicket in just 4.2 overs. Watson contributed with a crucial cameo of 30 runs off 15 balls before getting dismissed by George Garton.
Shahzad reaches an amazing half-century
The dangerous Kieron Pollard also got out pretty soon leaving Deccan Gladiators at 62 for 2. Shahzad played an excellent innings of 57 runs off only 21 balls that included 6 sixes and 3 fours. Towards the end, Ben Cutting smashed an exciting cameo of 21 runs off just 10 balls to power Deccan Gladiators to a strong total of 128 runs on the board. For the Qalandars, George Garton picked three crucial wickets.
While chasing a total of 129 runs, Qalandars did not get off to the best of starts losing two early wickets in the form of Tom Banton and Luke Ronchi with 33 runs on the board. The pair of Dawid Malan and Phillip Salt then got together to take the run-chase further. Both the batters were not able to connect the ball nicely.
Malan and Salt remained unbeaten till the end but the runs were not coming at a quick pace and the required run-rate kept on climbing pretty quickly. Malan was 49 off 25 runs not out that consisted of four sixes and three fours while Salt remained unbeaten at 25 runs off 14 balls as Qalandars finished with 104 for 2 in their quota of 10 overs. For the Gladiators, Kieron Pollard and Ben Cutting picked a wicket each.
Deccan Gladiators: 128/4 in 10 overs (Mohammad Shahzad-57, Shane Watson-30; George Garton 3/21)
Qalandars: 104/2 in 10 overs (Dawid Malan-49*, Phillip Salt-25*; Ben Cutting 1/21)
Result: Deccan Gladiators won the match by 24 runs.