England's Eoin Morgan plays a shot during a match. File
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The fifth season of the Abu Dhabi T10 returns with a bang on Friday, when reigning champions Northern Warriors take on Delhi Bulls in the first of an explosive opening night double header.
Cricket’s fastest format returns with a mouth-watering opening match that takes place at Zayed Cricket Stadium from 6pm local time as England duo Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan represent the current two-time champions against a Delhi Bulls side that contains the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Eoin Morgan.
The second match on day one pits home side Team Abu Dhabi against the Bangla Tigers from 8pm, with both teams looking to get off to the perfect start as they search for a first Abu Dhabi T10 title.
Team Abu Dhabi’s star-studded squad includes West Indies legend Chris Gayle and England superstar Liam Livingstone, while Bangla Tigers boast a team that features iconic Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, and former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.
Day 2, then kicks-off the first of four-triple header matchdays during the league stage as Yusuf Pathan will add his wealth of experience to The Chennai Braves against a Deccan Gladiators outfit with Andre Russell in their ranks from 4pm.
In total, there will be 35 matches played across the 15 days of competition at Zayed Cricket Stadium, with each team playing each other twice before the top four sides advance to the qualifiers on Dec.3
From there, the teams in first and second place in the group stage will feature in a qualifier, with the winner advancing to the final. The losing team of that first qualifier will then get a second chance to reach the showpiece by facing the winner of the day’s eliminator between the sides placed third and fourth.
A third and fourth place playoff will get underway on Saturday, 4 December from 6pm before the final starts at 8pm to crown this year’s champion.
Abu Dhabi T10 Chairman and Owner, Shaji ul Mulk said: “We can’t wait to get started with another thrilling edition of the cricket’s fastest format, and to witness some of the best players in the world here in Abu Dhabi.
“The Abu Dhabi T10 promises to deliver a thrilling two weeks of cricketing action and we are excited to welcome back UAE cricket fans to the stadium as we close out a historic cricketing calendar in the country.”
Matt Boucher, CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket added: “The quality of both the players and teams get better every year, making the Abu Dhabi T10 stronger with each edition. As a result, we’re able to continue delivering on the Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s vision of hosting and promoting world-class sporting events, within the safest bio parameters.”
Northern Warriors defeated Team Abu Dhabi by eight wickets in the second Super League match of the Alubond Abu Dhabi T10 at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium on Monday.
A match-winning bowling feat led by Delhi Bulls captain Dwayne Bravo, who along with Waqas Maqsood and Nyeem Young, destroyed a strong Northern Warriors batting to restrict them to 97 for 7 and take their team into the final of the Abu Dhabi T10
Northern Warriors avenged their defeat in the first Qualifier to Delhi Bulls when they outplayed them by eight wickets in the final of the Alubond Abu Dhabi T10 League
Nicholas Pooran’s power-packed innings of 89 off just 26 balls with 12 sixes and three boundaries helped Northern Warriors post the second-highest score of 162 for 4 in the Abu Dhabi T10 to outplay Bangla Tigers.
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