17th Match (N), Sharjah, January 26, 2023, International League T20

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end of over 52 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 17/4CRR: 3.40 
Sikandar Raza1 (2b)
Rovman Powell5 (4b 1x4)
Naveen-ul-Haq 3-0-9-2
Junaid Siddique 2-0-4-2

8.58pm: Match abandoned, the rain has won here, meaning neither Warriors or Capitals will win tonight - despite a superb start with the ball by the former. Both teams are struggling in the bottom half of the table, and will only take home a point tonight. Anyway, that's your lot, we'll be back for more tomorrow. From Suds, Thilak and myself, cheerio!

8.50pm: While we wait for word on whether the weather is going play ball (and let us play ball)... Why not check out Junaid Siddique's two-in-two from earlier?

Afeef: "Still can't get over how ADKR were losing match after match and it was the rain that gave them their first point."

8.30pm: Still no signs of action in Sharjah. Re. the question about rain, Sudarshanan informs me that Laxman Sivaramakrishnan referred on commentary to some cloud-seeding going on the UAE - more info here. Sounds like the Emirates Cricket Board need to remind the authorities there's a lucrative T20 league going on!

"Rain as soon as England players leave," mutters Olly. "Coincidence? I smell a conspiracy."

And here's Quack: "@Kishkindha, Ahem, the latter. Although as a UAE resident, we ain't complaining. And while we're here, why isn't Root playing?" Believe his DC stint is done - although he's not in the England ODI squad playing SA. Probably part of his NOC that he gets on with preparing for Tests in NZ next month

8.05pm: Evening, franchiseheads. Sadly there's no good news to pass on at the moment. Seemingly the rain continues to fall in Sharjah, and we're having to be satisfied by replays of Abu Dhabi Knight Riders against Desert Vipers...

"Rain a spoiler in Sharjah? In Sharjah, I repeat. What a pity! UAE's USP for hosting international tourneys like IPL was that it's a desert where rain can't be a disruptor. What has changed? Is it climate change or top class environmental changes ushered in by UAE? Any answers?" No idea, Kishkindha. Putting three stumps in the ground usually does it where I'm from

7:42pm And now the players are off again. The rain is just getting heavier and the ground-staff runs to quickly get the centre under covers. The only solace for now that it is not too heavy.

Over to Alan Gardner for a bit now. Let him know your thoughts on how it has all been so far.

Naveen-ul-Haq to Raza, 1 run

Full and outside off, drives it through cover where the fielder dives over it to get going.

Naveen-ul-Haq to Raza, no run

Full and outside off, he lunges to play at that before belatedly withdrawing his bat.

Sikandar Raza is in before the powerplay ends...

Naveen-ul-Haq to Shanaka, OUT

Shanaka is out of here now! Bowls it from wide of the crease and spears it full and just outside off. Forces Shanaka to play at that. He pushes it away from himself, straight, and gets a nick behind. Gurbaz takes a good, low catch.

Dasun Shanaka c †Rahmanullah Gurbaz b Naveen-ul-Haq 2 (9b 0x4 0x6 14m) SR: 22.22

The rain seems to be getting heavier...

Naveen-ul-Haq to Shanaka, no run

Angles it in again, from outside off. He is camped in the crease and misses his attempted steer.

Naveen-ul-Haq to Shanaka, no run

Length ball outside off, swerves in after landing. Shanaka looks to punch it through the off side but misses.

Naveen-ul-Haq to Powell, 1 run

Full and angles it in from wide of the crease. Powell defends it around the corner on the on side via the inside half.

end of over 43 runs
DC: 15/3CRR: 3.75 
Dasun Shanaka2 (6b)
Rovman Powell4 (3b 1x4)
Junaid Siddique 2-0-4-2
Naveen-ul-Haq 2-0-7-1
Junaid Siddique to Shanaka, 2 runs

Anticipates the batter to give the charge and bangs it short. Shanaka does take a couple of steps down but adjusts to half-pull it wide of mid-on for a couple.

Junaid Siddique to Shanaka, no run

Full on off and middle, pushed to mid-on.

Junaid Siddique to Shanaka, no run

Lands it on a length around off, he defends from the crease.

Junaid Siddique to Shanaka, no run

Outside off on a length, slapped towards cover-point.

Junaid Siddique to Shanaka, 1 wide

Sprays this on a length down leg. He misses the tuck.

Second slip comes in. Man moves from midwicket.

Junaid Siddique to Shanaka, no run

Shanaka shimmies down the track before the bowler completes the run up, and looks to push at a length ball that swings away. Beaten.

Junaid Siddique to Shanaka, no run

Full and outside off, swings away. Shanaka defends it from the crease and comfortably misses it. Goes on the bounce to the wicketkeeper.

Siddique on a hat-trick... Dasun Shanaka to face. And drizzle is back...

Kishkindha: "What a toss to win by the Warriors! Ideal conditions for pacers to cut through the opposition side like hot knife through butter and Sharjah bowlers are doing that precisely."

end of over 36 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 12/3CRR: 4.00 
Rovman Powell4 (3b 1x4)
Dasun Shanaka0 (0b)
Naveen-ul-Haq 2-0-7-1
Junaid Siddique 1-0-1-2
Naveen-ul-Haq to Powell, FOUR runs

Top shot. Uses the pace of the ball and rides the bounce well. Short and outside off, chops it in front of backward point and finds the gap.

Naveen-ul-Haq to Powell, no run

Length ball outside off, defended towards cover-point.

Naveen-ul-Haq to Powell, no run

Short and wide outside off, he looks to reach out and slash but misses.

Rovman Powell might not have expected to be in the middle this early.

Naveen-ul-Haq to Lawrence, OUT

Soft, soft dismissal and Lawrence cannot believe it! He is standing on leg and takes a giant step across to off. Tries to drive on the up on seeing the width. It is full and wide outside off, and all he does is chip it aerially for mid-off to dive to his left and pouch it safely.

Dan Lawrence c Denly b Naveen-ul-Haq 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 15m) SR: 50
Naveen-ul-Haq to Lawrence, no run

Around the sixth-stump line on a length, Lawrence pushes it to cover.

Naveen-ul-Haq to Lawrence, 2 runs

Full and outside off, Lawrence walks across and whips it forward of square on the leg side for a couple.

end of over 25 runs • 2 wickets
DC: 6/2CRR: 3.00 
Dan Lawrence0 (1b)
Junaid Siddique 1-0-1-2
Naveen-ul-Haq 1-0-1-0
Junaid Siddique to Rajapaksa, OUT

Two in two for Siddique and Rajapaksa does not even bother to wait. Spears it full and on off, gets it to move back in sharply. Rajapaksa was forward in a bid to try to defend that and failed to counter the movement. Hits him plumb on the front pad. What a start for Warriors.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa lbw b Junaid Siddique 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 2m) SR: 0

Bhanuka Rajapaksa is the next batter in. Another left-hander.

Win Probability
SW 87.84%
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Over 5 • DC 17/4

Dasun Shanaka c †Rahmanullah Gurbaz b Naveen-ul-Haq 2 (9b 0x4 0x6 14m) SR: 22.22
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