Desert Vipers and MI Emirates clashed against each other in the 21st match of the ILT20 League on Sunday, January 29 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. Vipers’ skipper Colin Munro invited Emirates to put runs on the scoreboard after winning the toss. But his decision proved to be wrong as the Emirates put up a monumental total of 241 runs in the first innings.
During Emirates innings, skipper Kieron Pollard continued his destructive form and played an unbeaten knock of 50 runs off just 19 balls which included 4 fours and 4 sixes. Meanwhile, the star allrounder will be seen coaching Mumbai in the upcoming season of the Indian T20 League as he took retirement from the league last year.
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A brilliant all-round performance by MI Emirates
Talking about the match, Andre Fletcher and Muhammad Waseem started on the front foot for their side. The duo added 68 runs in the powerplay providing a flying start to their side. Things got worse for the Vipers as the openers upped the ante in the following overs, adding 141 runs for the first wicket in just a little over 12 overs in the match.
Fletcher was the first to depart after a brisk half-century. His opening partner missed out on a century after being dismissed for a 44-ball 86. Munro's side were hoping to make a comeback in the game after the twin strikes. But their hopes were dashed when Pollard rolled back the years with a sizzling cameo.
Chasing the target, Munro's side threw their hands at everything in a desperate attempt and they fell well short of the target as only three batters managed to reach double figures during the chase. They even failed to play out their full quota of 20 overs as the innings eventually fizzled out for a lowly 84 runs on the board. Fazalhaq Farooqi was the star with the ball, scalping three wickets in his three overs to dent the hopes of the Vipers.