Sharjah (UAE), Feb 5 (IANS) Ravi Bopara (4 for 15), Joshua Little (3 for 17) and David Willey (2 for 16) orchestrated the catastrophic batting collapse of the Sharjah Warriors and help the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders go on a strong run. seven-wicket win in Match 23 of ILT20 Season 2 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.
It was another lackluster display of resilience from the Warriors batsmen as they were bowled out for 75 in 17 overs. His score was one run more than his total of 74 all out against MI Emirates at the same ground in the ninth match of this edition. Warriors also posted the second-lowest total in the tournament.
Chasing the target, Knight Riders raced to victory in 10.1 overs after their openers Joe Clarke and Michael Pepper put on a 54-run opening partnership in 5.2 overs. UAE left-arm pacer Muhammad Jawadullah struck twice to get Pepper caught by Joe Denly at cover and Alishan Sharafu was also caught by Denly at cover point for a duck. Jawadullah also dismissed Clarke caught behind for 34, but Sam Hain (9no) and Laurie Evans (3no) steered Knight Riders to the finish line without a hitch with 59 balls to spare. Jawadullah returned with figures of 3 wickets for 5 runs.
Warriors’ woeful batting collapse began soon after Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl. The bottom-of-the-table Warriors had slumped to a 79-run defeat at the hands of Gulf Giants the previous night after scoring 108. The procession of their top-order batsmen to the dug-out began from the first to Niroshan Dickwella, who fell on the fourth ball of David Willey’s first over as he attempted a spin shot but landed caught by Alishan Sharafu at mid-wicket for 4.
A one-drop Liam Livingstone lasted just five balls to score two runs before cutting Joshua Little into his stumps. The worst was to follow when opener Johnson Charles hit Willey straight to Laurie Evans at mid-on for 1. Three wickets fell for just seven runs.
Sean Williams joined his skipper Tom Kohler-Cadmore and pushed the score to 26 when Williams on 5 was bowled and bowled brilliantly by Little, although the ball slipped out of his hand in his first attempt Kohler-Cadmore, who was scoring most of the runs, became the fifth wicket to fall to a beauty from Little. The ball clipped and hit the top of Kohler-Cadmore’s stumps for 19.
Daniel Sams hit Andre Russell for two boundaries in the ninth over. Joe Denly, who played nine balls to score three runs, fell in the tenth over to lift Imad Wasim to Evans at long-on. James Fuller became the sixth batsman to go down by single digits when he lifted Ravi Bopara off Little at long on for 3.
Daniel Sams, who kept the score ticking with a knock of 24, surprisingly took a wild shot against Bopara and found his stumps snapped, and the Warriors slumped to 66 for 8. Maheesh Theekshana picked to Russell at long on to deliver his catch to Bopara. for 2. England’s Adil Rashid, playing his first match in this tournament, became the last man to fall and also became Bopara’s fourth victim for 10.
Sharjah Warriors 75 all out in 17 overs (Daniel Sams 24, David Willey 2-16, Joshua Little 3-17, Ravi Bopara 4-15) lost to Abu Knight Riders 79/3 in 10.1 overs (Joe Clarke 34, Muhammad Jawadullah 3 ). -5) for 7 weeks.