With that, we come to the end of this game and it is Desert Vipers who have won the game against Sharjah Warriors and both teams will leave this season of the tournament. The Playoffs are soon to start and there is going to be some exciting cricket coming up. First up, it will be the Eliminator between Abu Dhabi Knight Riders and Dubai Capitals. That game will be played on 13th February, Tuesday at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT). Till then, cheers and goodbye!
Nathan Sowter is the Player of the Match for his excellent bowling effort. He says that the ball was staying low. Adds that he decided to drag his length back and got the rewards. He says that obviously it was not a great season but he has enjoyed it a lot. Mentions that he has got to learn from some of the best spinners which has improved his game and he is looking forward to doing well in the future as well
Colin Munro, the captain of Desert Vipers talks about the series being up and down for them. He adds that they have not been their best on the field this season apart from Alex Hales. When asked about tonight, he says that they got the better of the conditions, and that helped them win the game.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, the captain of Sharjah Warriors says they had a lot of highs and a lot of lows and they expected to be in this position. Adds that they will take the positives and come back stronger in the next year. Mentions that it is all about learning and he hopes that most of the players come back to play for this team. Tells that it is all about small margins, if Dubai Capitals had not win their last game, this could have been a knockout and results could have gone their way.
... PRESENTATION CEREMONY ...
It was a disappointing outing for the Sharjah Warriors, who found themselves struggling in all facets of the game throughout the match. Their woes began with the bat, as they managed to muster only 121 runs in their allotted 18 overs, falling short of a competitive total that could challenge the Desert Vipers. Despite a shaky start, the Sharjah Warriors failed to capitalize on any momentum-building partnerships, as their batting lineup faltered against the relentless pressure exerted by the Vipers' bowlers. Unable to string together substantial contributions, they found themselves on the back foot early on, struggling to set a challenging target for their opponents. However, their woes did not end with the bat, as the Sharjah Warriors' bowling and fielding performances left much to be desired. With a below-par total to defend, they needed a disciplined bowling effort to put pressure on the Vipers' batting lineup. Unfortunately, their bowlers failed to deliver, with ordinary spells that allowed the Desert Vipers to dictate terms and chase down the target with ease.
Right from the onset, the Desert Vipers asserted their authority, with openers Phil Salt and Alex Hales laying a solid foundation for the chase. Their aggressive approach put the Sharjah Warriors on the back foot from the outset, setting the tone for a commanding batting display. As the innings progressed, the Vipers continued to assert their dominance, with skipper Colin Munro and Dinesh Chandimal forging a crucial partnership in the middle overs. Their astute batting and calculated stroke play ensured that the Vipers maintained control of the game, effectively nullifying any hopes of a Sharjah Warriors comeback. In the end, the Desert Vipers chased down the target with consummate ease, showcasing their depth and resilience as a team. With wickets in hand and overs to spare, they sealed the win in convincing fashion, underscoring their superiority over the opposition. Tonight, the Desert Vipers were truly the better team in all departments of the game. From batting to bowling to fielding, they outclassed the Sharjah Warriors at every juncture, leaving no room for doubt about their supremacy on the field.
With that, we come to the end of the game and its Desert Vipers who have won the game and chased down 122 runs convincingly with 6 wickets in hand in just the 14th over against the Sharjah Warriors. The Desert Vipers have been better than them in all the departments and have totally been the better team tonight.
Nilansh Keswani to Sam Curran ,SIX! Sam Curran finishes things in style for the Desert Vipers. Short ball and he pulls it away over deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie. Desert Vipers end their season with 6 wickets win.
Nilansh Keswani to Dinesh Chandimal ,Fuller on the stumps. Dinesh Chandimal flicks the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Nilansh Keswani to Sam Curran ,Just short at the stumps. Sam Curran taps the ball to long on for a single.
Nilansh Keswani to Colin Munro ,OUT! RUN OUT! The skipper Colin Munro goes back on his own call for the second run.
Nilansh Keswani to Colin Munro ,Wide! Wayward outside the offstump line. Wide called.
Nilansh Keswani to Colin Munro ,Short and wide, cut away straight towards covers. No run.
Sean Williams to Dinesh Chandimal ,Nails the yorker on the off stump. Dinesh Chandimal taps it back to the bowler to end the over.
Sean Williams to Colin Munro ,Pitched up on the stumps and Colin Munro swings it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Sean Williams to Dinesh Chandimal ,Short and wide, cut away to sweepers for a single.