patted to mid-on off the back foot. And that is a very thumping win indeed
MI Emirates won by 8 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)
9.41pm I would bring you the presentations, but it seems my feed is now showing La Liga highlights... them's the breaks. Anyhow, the long and the short of it is that Emirates will take on Gulf Giants in Dubai tomorrow, for the right to meet Desert Vipers in Sunday's inaugural ILT20 final. And on today's evidence, they'll proceed with oodles of confidence. From Miller, Thilak and Ekanth, good night!
9.29pm Well, that was clinical. A middling target of 152 was made to look about 50 runs shy of competitive. MI cruise home in exactly 100 balls, thanks to a West Indian third-wicket partnership of 104 from 65 balls between Fletcher and Pooran. Nothing much for Capitals to take home there. George Munsey made a battling fifty but his tempo always seemed too slow for the occasion, and once the newcomer Rashid Khan had claimed 2 for 20 in his first appearance in the competition, the rest was clinical. Think he's got a future, that lad.
Ishan: "How come Rashid Khan is playing for MI Emirates? Wasnt he the captain of MI Team in SA20? Then how is he allowed to play here? I mean can include anybody in the middle of the tournament?" I guess the clue is in the "MI" part of that statement... you pays the bills, you makes the rules
Asahel: "So pleasing to see two WI players rotating the strike every now and then and picking the balls to smash (something we never doubt)"
finds the gap in the covers, just the single this time out to deep cover. Scores level...
full toss, and somehow wriggles through from round the wicket, no contact on the flashing drive
back of a length, rolls the wrists on a pull to square leg
And now they've called a Strategic Time Out... give me strength. Not a lot to discuss on this occasion. But the sponsors will be delighted
full face of the bat, solid defence into the covers to keep the strike with three to win
width this time, and flashed away through backward point! Easy pickings at that pace
back of a length outside off, chopped to point off the toe of the bat
back of a length again, rolls the wrists on a firm pull to deep midwicket. Two more to take the target into single figures
outside off, thumped into the off side, another single for the miscue
smashed off the back foot, and a fine tumbling intercept at wide long-on, more of a goalkeeper save than a piece of fielding
Luqman is back
13 to win. All over in the next six balls? I wouldn't bet against it...
flicked off the toes, yorker length, gathered at long-on
full face of the bat on a solid push to long-off
round the wicket, dipping yorker, punched to long-off. Decent over so far in the circumstances, but they are very bleak circumstances...
Fletcher advances, the bowler sees him coming, bangs the ball in short, and gets deflected down to deep third instead
shaping back in on a full length, poked to the off side
bouncer, but too short. Reload! Way over Pooran's head, he barely needed to duck
round the wicket, hauled out to the leg side
too much width outside off
attempted yorker, squeezed out to backward point. The end is nigh
lumped through the line! Picked up on the good length, hard lines from Fletcher, back over the bowler's head and just over the rope
|Sharjah Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||MI Emirates, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||MI Emirates advanced|
|Match days||9 February 2023 - night (20-over match)|
Over 17 • MIE 152/2MI Emirates won by 8 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)
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|ADS Fletcher||not out||68||45|
|N Pooran||not out||66||36|
|Total||152(2 wkts; 16.4 ovs)|