Abu Dhabi T10, 12th Match, Highlights: Rovman Powell fireworks lead Northern Warriors to first Win of this season

Rovman Powell produced a spectacular knock to power Northern Warriors to their first win in four starts against Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 on Sunday.

The West Indian smashed nine sixes and a four in an unbeaten 28-ball 76 to take his team over the line by six wickets with four deliveries to spare at Zayed Cricket Stadium.

The Tigers elected to bat first and posted 117 for four after openers Hazratullah Zazai (37 from 21) and Joe Clarke (24 from 15) put on 64 in 33 deliveries before the latter fell to a Kennar Lewis catch behind off Mohammad Irfan.

Evin Lewis came in at No 4 and struck a 15-ball 38 with three sixes and a couple of fours.

It looked like a decent score when Tigers captain Shakib Al Hassan sent back Warriors openers Adam Lyth (1) and K Lewis (8), but then Powell took center stage with some spectacular strikes.

Powell described his six-hitting prowess as “just good eye-hand co-ordination” and a bit of strength.

“It was good to see to get our first win tonight. The T10 can be a long tournament and the momentum can change at any time in this format,” he added.

“We messed up the first game, and had we got that, we could have been two from four, but unfortunately we are now three games down and one win.

“The guys have been upbeat. We have been trying to keep them motivated. We spend lot of time together watching a lot of football in the night to try to build up brotherhood. So far it’s coming on nicely.”

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