After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Deccan Gladiators got off to a horrible start losing three key wickets in the form of Mohammad Shahzad, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Daniel Lawrence with just 24 runs on the board. The duo comprising of captain Shane Watson and Anton Devcich also failed to contribute much with the bat and got out pretty soon. The big-hitting pair of Kieron Pollard and Ben Cutting then got together to bail their team out of the troublesome situation.
Pollard got dismissed after scoring 19 runs off 14 balls that included two fours and one six. However, Cutting looked in a pretty destructive mode as he smacked George Garton for four towering sixes in a row. Cutting remained unbeaten till the end at 43 runs off only 19 balls that consisted of five sixes and powered the Deccan Gladiators towards a challenging total of 116 runs on the board. For the Qalandars, Samit Patel picked three wickets while Jordan Clark took two scalps.
In the second innings, the Qalandars’ progress never really got going as they lost early wickets in the form of Luke Ronchi and Dawid Malan. Gladiators’ bowling duo comprising of Fawad Ahmed and Sheldon Cottrell bowled brilliant opening spells to rattle the opposition the top-order. The pair of Amjad Gul and Phillip Salt did smash a few blazing strikes in the middle-overs.
However, the required run-rate was increasing quite rapidly and the Qalandars were not able to match that rate. Eventually, the Qalandars fell short by a margin of 12 runs as they managed to get 104 for 4 in their quota of 10 overs. For the Gladiators, Fawad Ahmed bowled really well picking two crucial wickets and gave away just 8 runs in his two overs quota.
Deccan Gladiators: 116/7 in 10 overs (Ben Cutting-43*, Kieron Pollard-19; Samit Patel 3/26, Jordan Clark 2/20)
Qalandars: 104/4 in 10 overs (Amjad Gul-32, Phillip Salt-27*; Fawad Ahmed 2/9, Sheldon Cottrell 1/16)
Result: Deccan Gladiators won the match by 12 runs.