Mi Emirates scored 241/3 and bowled the Desert Vipers for 84 in a dominant win of 157 runs in the important encounter at Sharjah. Muhammad Waseem, also Player of the Match, posted an impressive 86/44 and Kieron Pollard hit his 19-ball 50* in a record attempt for the Emirates.
Waseem, who struck 11 4 and 4 6, was dropped to 0 as Rookwood failed to hold his return catch hard in his 3rd over. But after receiving a lifeline Waseem called his Vipers and in the ensuing over Mark Watt he started with two sixes and a four. His fireworks meant the Emirates were 68/0 at the end of his six overs, with Andre Fletcher (50/39) playing a relatively steady hand up to that point. Fletcher and Waseem added 141 runs for the first wicket as the Vipers, who had previously bowled, looked for evidence of a very good at-bat. Tom Curran (4-0-63-2) and Matisha Patirana (4-0-58-1) shared all wickets and his last three overs also died. tournament. Pollard cleared the ropes at will, resulting in 69 runs in the final three overs, making the Vipers a very difficult target to pursue.
The Vipers were never chased as he was eliminated in 12 overs. Trent Boult hit form on Alex Hales’ crucial wicket before Fazalhak Farooqi wreaked havoc at both ends to finish 3-13. Starting at 14/2, the Vipers were reeling at 47/6 at the end of six overs, from which it proved impossible to come back.
Zahoor Khan and Imran Tahir each also contributed a few wickets as his only three Vipers batsmen put him in double figures. His 12 points over Mark Watt and Tom Curran were the highest combined points.
Brief Scores: MI Emirates 241/3 (Waseem 86; Curran 2-63) beat Desert Vipers 84 all out in 12.1 overs (Farooqi 3-13, Zahoor 2-8) by 157 runs