Abu Dhabi T10: Evin Lewis slams fifty as Bangla Tigers beat New York Strikers by 19 runs in tournament opener

West Indies opener Evin Lewis was the architect of the Tigers’ win as he smashed a 22-ball 58, with seven sixes and two boundaries to help post an impressive total of 131 for 5 in 10 overs.

New York Strikers, despite an unbeaten 45 off 19 balls with three boundaries and four sixes from skipper Kieron Pollard, could not attain their target.

Strikers had won the toss and elected to field. Hazratullah Zazai and Evin Lewis opened for Bangla Tigers.

The first boundary of the tournament came off the third ball from Romario Shepherd when Zazai hit it past the short fine leg. Lewis too hit the last ball over the extra cover for another boundary.

Wahab Riaz, who bowled the second over, struck with the second ball by getting Zazai out for 10, forcing him to top edge to Jordon Thompson at fine leg.

Thompson took a brilliant catch diving full length. One-drop Joe Clarke fell to the first ball he faced from Riaz to another fine catch, this time taken by Eoin Morgan at extra cover.

Colin Munro, who joined opener Lewis, hit the last ball of Riaz’s over for a six over long leg.

Munro continued to go for his shots and hit Jordan Thompson for a boundary to long-off and a six to fine-leg. Ravi Rampaul, who was introduced for the fourth over, found his third delivery cut powerfully to the backward point boundary by Munro.

Lewis completed that over with a six to mid-wicket. The fifth over was exciting as Lewis hit Nav Pabreja for two sixes, the first six off the second ball to mid-wicket and the second one off the fourth ball over long off.

Lewis also hit the last ball for another six over long-on. At the halfway mark, Bangla Tigers were on a healthy 68 for 2.

Riaz who was re-introduced for the seventh over could not stop Lewis from going for his huge shots. He hit him for two sixes over deep square leg. Lewis reached his half-century in 18 balls flicking Shepherd over square leg for a six.

He also hit the next ball over the point region for another boundary. The total went past the 100-un mark by the end of the eighth over.

Lewis’ fine knock of 58 came to an end when Rampaul got him out to the first ball of the ninth over, caught by skipper Pollard at long-on. Rampaul also got next man Benny Howell out through Powell’s second catch at long-off for 1.

The ninth from Rampaul yielded just five runs and he took two wickets. The last over from Nav Pabreja was well utilized by Shakib Al Hasan who hit a boundary off the second ball, and two sixes, one of the fourth ball and another off the last ball to give an impressive total of 131 for 5.

Chasing a run rate of 13.10, New York Strikers lost an early wicket when UAE’s Muhammad Waseem got out to Shakib Al Hasan’s third ball of the first over for a duck, caught by his UAE teammate Rohan Mustafa at deep square leg.

Riaz got run out off the fifth ball of the 10th over and Ball gave away no run to Pollard after that thus restricting New York Strikers to 112 for 8 in 10 overs.

Brief scores: Bangla Tigers beat New York Strikers by 19 runs. Bangla Tigers 131 for 5 in 10 overs (Evin Lewis 58, Colin Munro 30, Wahab Riaz 2 for 24, Ravi Rampaul 2 for 16) New York Strikers 112 for 8 in 10 overs (Azam Khan 34, Kieron Pollard 45, Matheesha Pathirana 2 for 22, Rohan Mustafa 2 for 20).

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