Watch; Nicholas Pooran hammered the fastest fifty of the series, hit five sixes in an over in Abu Dhabi T10

Nicholas Pooran hammered the fastest fifty of the series as Deccan Gladiators smashed Bangla Tigers by 10 wickets in the second game of the night with the Gladiators won with 23 balls to spare.

His opening partner Tom Kohler-Cadmore thumped 50 off 21 balls, studded with five fours and four sixes, as the Gladiators made 109 without loss in 6.1 overs after restricting the Tigers to 108 for seven.

Half-centuries for both Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Nicholas Pooran helped the reigning champions breeze to a total of 109 in just 37 deliveries.

The chase wasn’t meant to be that simple but Kohler-Cadmore and Pooran put on a show with 11 sixes between them.

Pooran was on 20 off 10 before he took on Shakib Al Hasan and hit five sixes in an over to bring up a 16-ball half-century.

“We had a poor game last time so a lot of the talk in the pre-match meeting was just about enjoying ourselves again,” Pooran said post-match. And boy did he enjoy himself. Since stepping down from West Indies captaincy, he has somewhat rediscovered his joy for the game.

Iftikhar Ahmed once again top-scored for the Tigers with a 21-ball 54 not out. The Pakistan international whacked five sixes and three fours while Mohammad Hasnain and David Weiss took two wickets each for the Gladiators.

The result moved Gladiators to the top of the table on eight points, one more than Abu Dhabi.

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