101/4 (10)
102/3 (8.1)
PRM won by 7 wickets
That's it from us, Bala and Rajarshi, as we sign off having completed our coverage for this year's ECS Netherlands T10. T10 action from Europe will be back in two days, with the ECS Bulgaria T10 set to get underway on the 18th. We look forward to bringing you live-action for the same, for the time being, to enjoy our IPL coverage of the game between the Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, switch tabs as Soorya and Maanas bring you all the action from a truly mouth-watering clash. For the time being though, from us, it is a very hearty goodbye!
The finish to the game was unreal. The Punjab Rotterdam players turned up when it mattered the most. Yasir Usman stole the show from the Zulfiqar brothers in the end, all in a great cause. Rotterdam were struggling at the early stages of the run-chase, with both their openers back in the hut. Khogyani's wicket looked like a punch to the gut, especially given that he was given a life a few balls earlier. But then, two out of the four Zulfiqar brothers set about on a serious rebuild. They slowly steadied the ship, but they still needed a couple of good overs to get on par with the required rate. Those two overs came along as well with the introduction of Ajmal Arghandiwal into the attack in the 6th over, as the Zulfiqars feasted on some juicy gentle in-swinging half-volleys by dispatching them to and over the mid-wicket boundary. The following over from off-spinner Pierre Jacod yieded even better results for the chasing team, as 24 runs came along with utmost ease. Gert Swanepoel uprooting Saqib's middle-stump first ball of the 8th over might have given a ray of hope for Kampong, but then, in came the man who turned out to be one for the big occasion. Yasir Usman. Nerves of steel. He swung once, then twice, and then a couple times more, and the game was killed. The winning runs were deservedly left for Sikander Zulfiqar to hit, and he did so in some style, piercing the gap at mid-wicket for four. The Punjab Rotterdam will be taking a wonderful trophy home, the one contested for the ECS Netherlands 2022, for they have clinched the summit clash of the competition having played some memorable and exciting cricket throughout the campaign, the eventual margin being 8 wickets and 11 balls to spare.
8.1 Kertan Nana to Sikander Zulfiqar, FOUR! That's it! Punjab Rotterdam are the Dutch T10 champions! Full ball angling into the leg-stump. Whips it through mid-wicket and beats the two fielders in the deep
It's taking me quite a bit of pondering to describe the phenomenon that was Usman in that over. The ECS is too easy for him. It's hard to imagine Punjab Rotterdam were finding runs hard to come by at one stage. Usman walks in on the re-build done by two of the Zulfiqars, and merely swings and connects at everything he received. Just the 22 off his 5 deliveries, not a big deal! Game's almost done, and how!
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cricket ball icon Gert Swanepoel
7.6 Gert Swanepoel to Yasir Usman, SIX MORE! Yasir Usman! You can't do that! Short again from Gert. He rocks back and smokes it over the square leg fence. And out of nowhere, PR just need 4 runs to win the championship
7.5 Gert Swanepoel to Yasir Usman, SIX! BOOM! Bye-bye ball! Length ball marginally outside off. Plants the front leg and blasts it over the cow corner fence
7.4 Gert Swanepoel to Yasir Usman, FOUR! Goes short and gets punished. Pulls it right off the meat of the bat. Falls just short of the fence. Yasir Usman is in no non sense mood
7.3 Gert Swanepoel to Yasir Usman, SIX! Wow! Stand and deliver. Goes deep in his crease, gets it in the slot and whacks it back over the long-on fence. My word! The sound off the bat
7.2 Gert Swanepoel to Yasir Usman, short of a length angling across the left-hander. Fends at it and gets beaten
Yasir Usman, left-handed bat, comes to the crease
7.1 Gert Swanepoel to Saqib Zulfiqar, OUT! That's a ripper! Full delivery on the stumps. Moves away late and beats the outside edge. Saqib stays leg side of the ball and gets squared up.The ball takes out the middle stick

Saqib Zulfiqar b Gert Swanepoel 21 (14b 2x4 1x6)
Gert Swanepoel, right-arm medium-fast, comes into the attack
Well well well! The match has turned upside down in the last two overs! Two out of the four Zulfiqars are putting up a show! Just 26 needed off the last 3 overs, a required rate of under 9!
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cricket bat icon Sikander Zulfiqar *
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cricket bat icon Saqib Zulfiqar
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cricket ball icon Pierre Jacod
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6.6 Pierre Jacod to Sikander Zulfiqar, SIX! BANG! Slower ball in the slot. It's bread and butter for Sikander. Hammers it over the deep square leg fence
6.6 Pierre Jacod to Sikander Zulfiqar, length ball wide of the off-stump. Well past the tramline. The pressure is getting to Jacod now
6.5 Pierre Jacod to Saqib Zulfiqar, fuller ball anglign into the leg-stump. Whips it across to deep mid-wicket for one
6.4 Pierre Jacod to Saqib Zulfiqar, FOUR! PR are right back in the game now! Short ball anglig into the body. Saqib gets the top edge on the pull but comfortably clears short fineleg. Falls just in front of the fence
6.3 Pierre Jacod to Saqib Zulfiqar, SIX! What a hit that is! Changes his stance and hits the reverse hit. The timing is spot on and Saqib clears the thirdman fence