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No home comfort for Sharjah as Emirates win ILT20

Akeal Hosein celebrates his third wicket for a hat-trick but it was overruled at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium
26 Jan 2024 23:45

Kuumar Shyam (Aletihad)

Sharjah Warriors lost to MI Emirates by a crushing 106 runs to self-inflict a big blow to their chances in the International League Twenty20 on Friday night. Chasing a target of 181, they were bowled out for just 74 runs with 7.5 overs to spare at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Sharjah remain fifth on the points table, barely ahead of Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the six-team league. Importantly, they remain clueless on how to carve a win as they lost all seven games at home starting from the start of the league until date.

Against Emirates, they did well to limit the dangerous batting lineup to 180 but they capitulated and the honours for hastening their downfall this time went to left-arm spinner Akeal Hossein.

The bowler of the tournament was millimeters sideways from a hat-trick but his spell of 4 for 23 shone out. His hat-trick ball was reviewed by DRS to having pitched outside the leg-stump line.

MI Emirates had posted a total of 180 for 7 in 20 overs through Andre Fletcher, who hit 42 off 31 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. Kusal Perera too scored 42 runs off 25 balls with three boundaries and three sixes. Together they put on 93 runs off 56 balls for the second wicket. Skipper Nicholas Pooran then cracked 37 runs off 29 balls with two sixes and a boundary. Sharjah Warriors’ Muhammad Jawadullah stood out taking three wickets for 31.

Warriors who had to score at a run rate of nine, lost early wickets. Hosein bowled out danger man Johnson Charles with the last ball of the first over for 1 while Boult had skipper Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught and bowled for a duck. Opener Martin Guptill and Niroshan Dickwella added another 33 runs before Boult struck again to force Dickwella to play into the hands of David at mid-off for 22. Joe Denly began by smashing Boult to the cover boundary, but Warriors lost Guptill to a slow delivery from Fazalhaq Farooqi for 17.

Hosein’s deadly eighth over had Denly out caught and bowled for 6 off the second ball. One ball later, he dismissed Basil Hameed for a duck caught by Boult at long-off, and then Daniel Sams leg before with the next ball. Hosein missed his hat-trick as Chris Woakes survived a review after being given out leg before.

Brief scores:

MI Emirates bt Sharjah Warriors by 106 runs.  MI Emirates 180 for 7 in 20 overs (Kusal Perera 42, Andre Fletcher 42, Nicholas Pooran 37, Tim David 20, Muhammad Jawadullah 3 for 31); Sharjah Warriors 74 in 12.1 overs (Martin Guptill 17, Niroshan Dickwella 22, Akeal Hosein 4 for 23, Trent Boult 2 for 11, Waqar Salamkheil 2 for 3)

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