2nd Feb, 2024

MIEvSW Report: Back to winning ways, with nine overs to spare!

By MI Emirates Media

We’re back on the victory horse. After the last-ball heartbreak in the previous game, MI Emirates have gone back to absolutely bulldozing the opposition, with both bat and ball. Here’s how the day went..

The customary powerplay Boult

We know the drill. Trent Boult simply cannot go through a powerplay without grabbing a wicket. Niroshan Dickwella was the victim this time around, foxed with a well-disguised knuckle ball that he ended up miscuing big time. 

Another Warriors encounter, another Akeal multi-wicket over

The last time around when these two teams met, it was Akeal Hosein’s over that grabbed three middle-order wickets that turned the game in our favour big time. Well, the same was the case today as well, with Johnson Charles and Basil Hameed falling off consecutive deliveries in the eighth over, derailing Sharjah’s innings to 57/4. 

Salamkheil’s slam-dunk

Just when Seam Williams and Lewis Gregory were stitching up a recovery of sorts with a 21-run stand, Waqar Salamkheil and his unreadable left-arm wristies were just too hot for them to handle. Gregory fell first ,Daniel Sams fell off the next ball, and just like that, Sharjah Warriors’ innings just couldn’t take off. 

The Waseem-Perera madness is in the house

The crowd at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium were in for an absolute treat. 80 runs in 5.3 overs – Muhammad Waseem smashing a 37-ball 13, Kusal Perera a 27-ball 47. Oh, brutal hitting just doesn’t get any better. They made sure any hopes of the Warriors had of pulling off a surprise was nipped right there. And after they fell, Andre Flethcher and Nicholas Pooran made sure the rate didn’t slow down, finishing things off with 53 balls to spare! 

So, MI Emirates consolidate their position at the top of the table. With 10 points and a NRR of +2.132, one more win should seal our playoff spot. But let’s keep our eyes on the road, shall we? Every game is treated as a must-win, and we are here to keep gaining momentum in this winning juggernaut. 

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