Dhaka – Bangla Tigers, a Bangladeshi-owned franchise team, conceded six-wicket defeat in the maiden 8-team Abu Dhabi T10 League losing to Deccan Gladiators by six wickets in the 2nd last ball thriller at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Sent into bat first, Bangla Tigers scored 108 runs for 5 in stipulated 10 overs with South African Colin Ingram contributing 37 runs off 21 balls, hitting fours sixes
Besides, Rilee Roussow scored 26 runs off 12 balls featuring two fours and two sixes, Thomas J Moores scored 11-ball 15 with one four one six while Roby Frylick made not out 12 runs off seven balls, hitting two boundaries.
M Pretorius grabbed three wickets for 10 runs while MS Crame and Fawad Ahmed took one wicket each conceding 15 and 24 runs respectively.
In reply, Deccan Gladiators scored the match-winner 109 runs for the loss of four wickets in 9.5 overs.
Australian celebrated batsman Shane Watson scored the match-highest 41 runs off 25 balls with three hits to fence and three over the fence and was adjudged the man of the match.
Besides, AP Devcich (27), DW Lawrence (15), PBB Rajapaksa (12) were the other main contributors for Deccan Gladiators.
D Wiese took two wickets for 15 runs while LE Plunkett and Qais Ahmed took one wicket each.
Earlier, Bangla Tigers have been drawn into the tournament’s Group A with Deccan Gladiators, Delhi Bulls and Karnataka Tuskers in what will be a tightly contested group.
Bangla Tigers team : Colin Ingram, Rilee Roussow, Roby Frylick, Andre Fletcher, Qais Ahmad, Liam Plunkett, Thomas James Moores, David Wiese, Chirag Suri, Abdul Hashem, Kevin Koththigoda, Shehan Jayasuriya, Prabath Jayasuriya and Farhad Reza.UNB