The Bangla Tigers wrapped up one of the fastest chases in the history of Abu Dhabi T10, defeating The Chennai Braves in just over four overs.
West Indian Johnson Charles starred with the bat for the Tigers, scoring 36 in 12 balls to help win their second match of the fifth season.
The chasing team was on top in the first match of the night too as Deccan Gladiators toppled the defending champions Northern Warriors in a low-scoring encounter.
Here’s what went down on matchday 5.
Gladiators defeat Warriors to climb up the table | Full scorecard
The Deccan Gladiators picked up another comfortable win – their third of this season – to move to the second spot in the Abu Dhabi T10 points table after their bowlers restricted the Northern Warriors to a paltry 70/6 in 10 overs.
The star of the night was Wanindu Hasaranga, who picked up two wickets while giving just five runs in his two overs. Captain Wahab Riaz, Odean Smith and Tymal Mills picked up a wicket each to make the job easier for their batting unit.
The Northern Warriors, however, put up a stiff challenge to defend the small total they had on the scoreboard.
Last night’s heroes Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Tom Banton couldn’t keep up their form and were back to the pavilion in the first two overs, leaving the Gladiators reeling at 9/2.
The Warriors then picked up two more wickets in the third and fourth over, reaching 31/4. But the lack of runs to defend meant one good partnership could tilt the game in Gladiators’ favour.
And that is exactly what ensued.
After the early jitters, Tom Moores and David Wiese stitched a 45-run stand to guide the Gladiators to a comprehensive six-wicket victory in 7.1 overs.
Brief scores: Northern Warriors 70/6 (Samit Patel 21, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/5) lost to Deccan Gladiators 76/4 (David Wiese 27, Josh Little 1/5)
Bangla Tigers run rampage against The Chennai Braves | Full scorecard
The Bangla Tigers’ openers Hazratullah Zazai and Johnson Charles broke no sweat in chasing down The Chennai Braves’ total of 90/6, winning the match by nine wickets in just 4.2 overs.
Both openers came out all guns blazing, with Charles scoring three sixes in the first over, followed by Zazai’s two sixes and three fours in the second to help the Tigers cross the 50-run mark in only 2.1 overs.
When Charles departed after scoring 36 in 12 deliveries, laced with five sixes and a four, the job was almost done for the Bangla Tigers.
New batter Will Jacks took over the mantle from Charles, whacking 14 in five balls to finish the chase in dominating fashion.
Earlier, the Chennai Braves had a sluggish start to their innings, scoring just 18 runs in three overs and losing two wickets as well.
Incisive bowling from Isuru Udana and Karim Janat restricted Chennai to just 52 runs in seven overs.
Some late hitting from Mark Deyal, which included two fours and a six, helped Chennai add 38 runs in the last 18 balls and put a 90/3 on the board, which, in the end, proved insufficient.
Brief scores: The Chennai Braves 90/3 (Angelo Perera 26, Benny Howell 2/22) lost to Bangla Tigers 91/1 (Johnson Charles 36, Mark Deyal 1/14)