Powell scores blistering 50 but is outgunned by Gurbaz as Northern Warriors lose by eight wickets

By November 25, 2021

Northern Warriors crashed to yet another defeat in the Abu Dhabi T10 on Thursday, losing by eight wickets to Dwayne Bravo’s Delhi Bulls by eight wickets with a ball to spare, despite a blistering half-century from their captain, Rovman Powell.

Powell smashed 56 from just 22 balls to power Northern Warriors to 128-6 from their 10 overs. The Jamaican all-rounder, the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 238 runs, smashed five sixes and four fours as he and Ross Whiteley hit the Delhi Bulls bowlers to all parts.

They were particularly severe on Romario Shepherd, who took 1-42 from his two overs. In Shepherd’s second over that went for 25 runs, he was hit for three consecutive sixes by Powell, who now has a tournament-leading 20 sixes.

Whiteley joined in the carnage hitting the last ball of the Shepherd over for six.

Together, they added 66 in just 19 balls for the fourth wicket partnership after the Warriors had lost the wickets of Kennar Lewis (0), Moeen Ali (10) and Samit Patel (13) with just 34 runs on the board by the fifth over.

Shiraz Ahmed, who eventually got Powell out, was the best of the bowlers with 2-22 from two overs.

In their turn at bat, the Bulls made a mockery of the chase as Rahmanullah Gurbaz destroyed the Warriors’ bowling. He smashed six fours and fives sixes on his way to 70 off 32 balls as he and Luke Wright, who was unbeaten on 40, enjoyed an opening stand of 115.

The partnership was broken in the eighth over when Gurbaz was bowled by Umair Ali.

Romario Shepherd lasted four balls before he was bowled by Rayad Emrit for five. Sherfane Rutherford retired hurt for three so it was left to Wright and Eoin Morgan to administer the final rights, Morgan hitting a six off the penultimate ball of the match to secure the victory.

Emrit’s two overs went for 20 runs and was the most economical of the Warriors’ bowlers as with the exception of Ali, every other bowler used conceded more than 15 runs an over.

After six games, the Delhi Bulls are second in the standings with eight points behind Team Abu Dhabi with 10.

Powell’s Warriors have two points from just one win in their six games and are fifth in the six-team standings.

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