Semi-finals, final to be played today on closing day of T10 League
SHARJAH (92 News) – It is the final day of the inaugural T10 League in Sharjah, two semi finals will be played, first Kerala Kings will take on Maratha Arabians and in second semi final Pakhtoons will face Punjabi Legends, before the winners face off in the final.
The six-team competition has been whittled down to four, with Bengal Tigers and Team Sri Lanka Cricket missing out on finals day.
The first semi-final will be played between Pakhtoons and 92 News team Punjabi Legends.
The serene progress of the unbeaten Pakhtoons to this point has been based largely on an unheralded star. Shahid Afridi has led the way with some fine bowling.
Liam Dawson has taken three wickets, and has an economy rate of six – which is 1.66 runs better than the next best ,so far in the tournament.
Punjabi Legends were well beaten by Maratha Arabians yesterday, but at least they secured the five runs they needed off the final ball to sneak through to this semifinal.
In the second semi-final, Kerala Kings will take on Maratha Arabians.
Kerala Kings survived the dismissal of Paul Stirling for the first time in the tournament on Day 3, as they comfortably swatted aside Team Sri Lanka Cricket to reach the semifinal.
The fact they did so by hitting 92 in just 6.2 overs was down to the brutal hitting of their West Indian pair Kieron Pollard and Chadwick Walton.
Quieting those two, plus the rest of the firepower in the Kerala batting line-up, will be a task led by the canny limited-overs practitioners Mohammed Amir and Dwayne Bravo for the Maratha Arabians.