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Lawrence’s Spectacular Cameo Powers Gladiators Into Qualifier 2

Deccan Gladiators’ captain Shane Watson won the toss and opted to field first. Bangla Tigers did not get off to the best of starts losing the wicket of their opening batsman Andre Fletcher in the first over of the game itself. Colin Ingram also got out pretty soon leaving the Tigers in deep trouble at 13 for 2. The duo comprising of Rilee Rossouw and Chirag Suri then combined together to bail their team out of the troublesome situation.

The pair stitched an excellent partnership of 58 runs for the third wicket before Chirag was dismissed for a 13-ball 25. However, Rossouw remained unbeaten till the end and played an impressive innings of 55 runs off 29 balls that included five fours and two sixes as the Bangla Tigers posted 107 for 3 in 10 overs. For the Deccan Gladiators, Sheldon Cottrell picked two wickets and gave just 15 runs.

While chasing a tricky total of 108 runs, the Deccan Gladiators got off to a great start as Mohammad Shahzad took the attack to the opposition bowlers from the very first ball. Shahzad played a crucial cameo knock of 28 runs off 11 balls that included five fours and one six. The key pair of Shane Watson and Kieron Pollard also got out soon leaving Gladiators in trouble at 60 for 3.

Dan Lawrence was then promoted up the order to up the ante and he did the same smashing 16 runs off just 3 balls to push the Gladiators into a strong position. Lawrence smacked a brilliant knock of 33 runs off just 13 balls under pressure powered the Deccan Gladiators to a sensational 5-wicket victory with 5 balls to spare.  

Brief Scores

Bangla Tigers: 107/3 in 10 overs (Rilee Rossouw-55*, Chirag Suri-25; Sheldon Cottrell 2/15)

Deccan Gladiators: 108/5 in 9.1 overs (Daniel Lawrence-33, Mohammad Shahzad-28; Qais Ahmad 2/16)

Result: Deccan Gladiators won the match by 5 wickets.