After losing the toss and being put in to bat first in this crucial grand finale encounter, the Deccan Gladiators got off to a horrendous start at the top. Gladiators lost key wickets in the form of captain Shane Watson, Mohammad Shahzad, Daniel Lawrence and Kieron Pollard quite early. The top-order collapse also slowed down the scoring rate pretty substantially.
The pair of Asif Khan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa then smashed a few powerful hits all around the park before the latter got dismissed for a 12-ball 23 that consisted of two sixes. The last match’s game-changer, Ben Cutting, showed up pretty much at the end and could only manage to score only 12 runs this time.
The Arabians’ wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton affected three amazing runouts in a row to restrict the Deccan Gladiators to 87 for 8 in 10 overs. Asif Khan remained unbeaten till the end at 25 runs off 17 balls. For the Arabians, Dwayne Bravo picked two crucial wickets and he was well supported by the rest of the bowlers.
While chasing a tricky target of 88 runs, the Maratha Arabians got off to a fantastic start with opening batsman Chadwick Walton going berserk from the very first ball. The opening duo comprising of Walton and Chris Lynn came out in a pretty explosive mood striking the white ball fearlessly out of the park. They brought up an amazing 50-run partnership in just 3.3 overs with both of them going for all guns blazing.
Lynn got dismissed by Zahoor Khan after scoring 16 runs off 10 balls but he had already done his job. Walton played a blistering unbeaten knock of 51 runs off 26 balls as Maratha Arabians chased the target down with 16 balls to spare. Najibullah Zadran smacked a wonderful winning six to power the Arabians towards an emphatic win.
Deccan Gladiators: 87/8 in 10 overs (Asif Khan-25*, Bhanuka Rajapaksa-23; Dwayne Bravo 2/16, Mitchell McClenaghan 1/12)
Maratha Arabians: 89/2 in 7.2 overs (Chadwick Walton-51*, Chris Lynn-16; Miguel Pretorius 1/16)
Result: Maratha Arabians won the match by 8 wickets.