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Northern Warriors 127/2 (10 ov)
Maratha Arabians 131/5 (10 ov)
Maratha Arabians won by 5 wickets
Player of the match: Abdul Shakoor
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Maratha Arabians beat the Northern Warriors by 5 wickets!

An absolute thriller at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium to kickoff the tournament! An Abdul Shakoor show at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium seals the deal for the Arabians! Chasing 128 runs, the Arabians did not get to the best of starts as they lost Javed Ahmadi for just 6 runs. However, his opening partner Abdul Shakoor was in red-hot form today as he smacked the bowlers all across the park. Right from effortless slogs to cheeky scoops, Shakoor's batting prowess was on display as he brought up his half-century in just 14 deliveries! 

The Arabians were absolutely cruising in their run-chase but some absolutely brilliant bowling from the Warriors allowed them to claw back into this contest. Fabian Allen returned with 2-11 from his two and was the pick of the bowlers. He controlled the middle overs and got the Warriors back into the contest. Apart from Allen, none of the bowlers could really stem the flow of runs as they were taken to the cleaners. Credit to Rayad Emrit, with 11 runs required of 2 overs, he bowled a cracking over and conceded just 3 runs. 

The Arabians will heave a sigh of relief as they managed to win after they seemed to be in a bit of pickle, with five runs required off the last two deliveries. A misfield by the fielder ended up costing the Warriors the match as the penultimate delivery levelled the scores. The Arabians secure a couple of points on the table and begin their campaign with a bang! A nail-biting edge-of-the-seat thriller and that sets the tone for the rest of the tournament!
Over: 10 | Summary: 0 1 1 1 4 4 Bowler: Wayne Parnell Score: 131/5
9.6 Wayne Parnell to Mosaddek Hossain, THE ARABIANS WIN! A full ball bowled on middle and off, Hossain lifts it over the in-field and gets it to the cover boundary for a four to see his side home!
9.5 Wayne Parnell to Mosaddek Hossain, FOUR! Misfield costs Warriors the game! A low full-toss on the stumps, Mosaddek guides it to the man at point, who can't account for the extra bounce after it lands in front of it! Just a run required off the last delivery! Scores level!
9.4 Wayne Parnell to Muktar Ali, another single! A full ball bowled on middle and off, Ali pushes it to the mid-off fielder for one run and it seems to be all Warriors at the moment! 5 runs needed off 2 balls! 
9.3 Wayne Parnell to Mosaddek Hossain, ANOTHER YORKER! A dart on the pads and Hossain can only push it to the cover region for a single. 6 runs from 3 balls!
9.2 Wayne Parnell to Muktar Ali, a very full ball on the pads, Ali gets back and pulls it to long-on for only a single! 7 runs off 4 balls now!
9.1 Wayne Parnell to Muktar Ali, DOT BALL! A yorker on middle and leg, Ali can only dig it back to the bowler for no runs! 8 runs needed off 5 balls now!
Rayad Emrit bowls an absolute terrific over as the batsmen are unable to pick his clever variations. The dot deliveries build pressure and cause the batsmen to go for the big shots resulting in the well-set Shakoor losing his wicket. Malhotra is run-out on the very next delivery which allows the Warriors to claw back into the contest.

Maratha Arabians need another 8 runs from the last over!

Wayne Parnell to bowl the final over!
Over: 9 | Summary: 0 1 0 W W 1 Bowler: Rayad Emrit Score: 120/4
8.6 Rayad Emrit to Muktar Ali, a full ball on the stumps, Ali heaves it along the ground to long-on but only for a single
8.5 Rayad Emrit to Ishan Malhotra, RUN-OUT! A length ball bowled outside off, Ishan pulls it to long-on for a what seems like a single but they end up taking the fielder on for the second. Pooran is quick on the throw and effects the run-out! 
8.4 Rayad Emrit to Abdul Shakoor, IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! A slower ball on the stumps, Shakoor gets a top-edge on it and the man at fine-leg takes a decent catch under pressure!
8.3 Rayad Emrit to Abdul Shakoor, MISS! A length ball bowled slower outside off, Shakoor tries to scoop it over the keeper and misses out!
8.2 Rayad Emrit to Ishan Malhotra, a slower ball on the stumps, Ishan steps out and tucks it away to square leg for a single
8.1 Rayad Emrit to Ishan Malhotra, a length ball bowled outside off, Ishan pushes it to the man at point but is sent back in his plight for a single
An edge that runs away to the third man fence starts the over. Shakoor gets back on strike and cheekily collects a boundary and follows that up with another brilliant stroke that awards him with another four runs! With less than a run-a-ball required, the game is all but done and dusted unless the Warriors pull off an unimaginable heist!

Maratha Arabians need another 11 runs from 2 overs at 5.5 RPO

Rayad Emrit is back into the attack
Over: 8 | Summary: 4 0 1w 0 1 4 4 Bowler: Wahab Riaz Score: 117/3
7.6 Wahab Riaz to Abdul Shakoor, FOUR MORE! A full ball bowled outside off, Shakoor carves it over the point region and gets another boundary as he moves over to 73*
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