After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, the Maratha Arabians got off to a great start as their opening batsman Chris Lynn once again came out in this tournament in an explosive mode. The right-hander took the attack to the opposition bowlers from the very first ball and stitched a brilliant opening stand of 70 runs in just 4.3 overs along with Adam Lyth. Even after Lyth’s dismissal, Lynn continued his sensational form.
Chris Lynn continues his sensational form
Within no time, Lynn smashed his third half-century of the Abu Dhabi T10 League off just 18 balls. It took an amazing effort in the outfield from David Wiley to once again find Lynn short of a deserving hundred. However, Chris Lynn still compiled a spectacular innings of 89 runs off just 33 balls that consisted of 9 towering sixes and five fours.
With a total of 11 sixes and 10 fours, the Maratha Arabians finished with a monumental score of 146 for 4 in 10 overs. For the Delhi Bulls, Ali Khan was the pick of the bowlers as he bowled the first maiden over of this tournament and picked two crucial wickets as well.
In the second innings, Delhi Bulls lost the wicket of Paul Stirling in the fourth over with 43 runs on the board. The pair of Kusal Perera and Sherfane Rutherford then joined hands to resurrect the innings, however, the required run-rate was rising substantially. The Arabians’ bowlers kept a constant check on the scoring rate.
Rutherford scored 41 runs off just 16 balls that included three sixes and four fours before getting dismissed by Lasith Malinga. Kusal Perera did remain unbeaten till the end at 45 runs off 27 balls but he failed to help his team cross the line. Eventually, Delhi Bulls managed to get 116 for 3 in their quota of 10 overs. For the Maratha Arabians, Malinga, Shiraz and Bravo took a wicket each.
Maratha Arabians: 146/4 in 10 overs (Chris Lynn-89, Dasun Shanaka-18*; Ali Khan 2/15)
Delhi Bulls: 116/3 in 10 overs (Kusal Perera-45*, Sherfane Rutherford-41; Lasith Malinga 1/10, Shiraz Ahmed 1/17)
Result: Maratha Arabians won the match by 30 runs.