International League T20

Ist match of ILT20: Gulf Giants vs Sharjah Warriors

In the first match of ILT20, Gulf Giants by batting first score massive 198/7, Jamie Smith score quick 42 runs on 18 balls and James Vince score 45 on 35 balls.

While chasing the target, Warriors were at the halfway mark, with the scoreboard reading 92/0, the Warriors appeared poised for a strong second-half push towards their target. However, a stunning collapse ensued, marked by the standout performances of Overton and Jordan, ultimately leading the Gulf Giants, the defending champions, to a commanding victory.

While the game boasted a high-scoring affair, it was marred by numerous errors. Although the narrative lacked continuous excitement, there were moments of brilliance scattered throughout. Notably, Maheesh Theekshana’s impressive spell, highlighted by a skillful carrom ball that dismissed Shimron Hetmyer. Usman Khan’s brief but enterprising cameo added an interesting dimension. Aayan Afzal Khan from UAE demonstrated resilience against the aggressive onslaught of Martin Guptill. Finally, Jamie Overton’s adept variation in length earned him recognition as the standout bowler of the night.

Gulf Giants won the match by 31 runs.

During after match presentation, Gulf Giants captain James Vince says, “Pretty all-rounded performance, can take a lot of confidence from that. Think we were 20 above par. Tough ground to catch with the low lights but we bowled well.”

Jamie Overton of Gulf Giants was the Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling of 3 for 29. He said in presentation that “I had a good run at the BBL, it’s nice to join the Giants again. Tried to hit the wicket, hit the top of off stump as much as we could. Just tried to make it hard for the batters. Trying to picking the brain of CJ [Chris Jordan], and try to keep on doing what we are doing.”

Sharjah Warriors captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore says during the presentation, “Think we were 20 short with bat and ball. The Giants smashed the middle of the pitch and made us take it square of the wicket which we found difficult. When a team scores 200, you need to chase really well. We didn’t, lots to improve on.”

Thats all from the first match of ILT20.

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