ILT20: Unbeaten 50’s Alex Hales, Sheriff Rutherford hold the Desert Vipers past MI UAE

Then the Desert Vipers, through a fine display of intelligent bowling, restricted MI Emirates to 169/5 despite half-centuries from Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran, in the match played on Tuesday night.

Hales scored an unbeaten 62 runs off 44 balls with six boundaries and two sixes while Shervan Rutherford scored 56 off 29 balls with four boundaries and three sixes to put on an unbeaten 94 off 52 balls for the fourth wicket.

Desert Vipers skipper Colin Munro put the momentum on with an impressive knock of 41 runs off 22 balls with four boundaries and three sixes. Kieron Pollard’s 67 not out from 39 balls was overshadowed by the impressive batting with one boundary six and Nicholas Pooran’s 57 from 49 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. Together they put on 116 runs for the fourth wicket in 69 balls.

Thus, the Desert Vipers team moved to first place in the points table with eight points from five matches, while MI Emirates will remain in third place with six points from five matches.

The Desert Vipers won the lottery and they elected to bowl. UAE players Mohamed Waseem and Vritya Aravind opened the roles for the MI Emirates team. Joss Atkinson bowled Aravind clean on 3 with the last ball of the second through a sinker.

With the first ball off the third over, Sheldon Cottrell forced a handsome edged wicket-keeper Sam Billings for 5. With both holes back in the first innings of just 10 runs, Andre Fletcher and Nicholas Pooran started the rescue. Of their first five overs, MI Emirates could only score 24 runs.

Fletcher and Boran only managed to keep the scoreboard moving through singles and doubles rather than boundaries. They added 43 runs in six when Wanindu Hasaranga in a backspin got Fletcher by knocking straight for 21. At the halfway point, MI Emirates reached 65/3.

Pooran Harsaranga hit for a six on a long run in the 11th over. Cottrell was reintroduced in the 12th but failed to break the partnership. Matisha Pathirana pitched the 13th after giving up only six runs. Rohan Mustafa also bowled brilliantly as he gave up only nine runs from his two overs. Thus, MI UAE scored 109 in 15 increases.

The last five rounds began with Poran hitting Mustafa, who bowled the 16th, for six long runs. Pollard reached his half-century in 31 balls hitting Atkinson for consecutive sixes in 18 overs. Pooran also reached his half-century in 46 balls and the pair scored their partnership of 100 runs in 68 deliveries.

Poran was bowled by Tom Curran for 57 with the fifth over in the last over and Najibullah Zadran was also caught by Alex Hales in the next ball. In the last five overs, MI Emirates has added 60 runs totaling 169 for 5 out of 10.

Chase has an 8.45 run rate. The Desert Vipers started off losing their opener to Rohan Mustafa to a third ball in the first half off Trent Bolt. Mustafa in 1, he wanted to hit Bolt on the covers, got a top edge and Poran caught him, running back from the covers. Brad Will was penalized for 16 runs in the second, Hales hitting boundaries and captain Colin Monroe breaking six and boundaries from successive deliveries. Monroe also moved Bolt for six in the third. The score passed the fifty-round mark in sixth place.

Munro hit Samit Patel’s first delivery for six overs from an over. He tried to get another six off the next ball, but Pollard, jumping high for a long time, made a great catch. Monroe struck out 41 runs, and along with Hales, the pair put up 72 runs in 41 deliveries. And the next man Sam Billing fell on the fifth ball off Patel ahead of Wasim under extra cover.

Shervan Rutherford joined Hales and went to shoot him. Patel racked up consecutive sixes in the tenth. At the halfway point the Desert Vipers were put on strongly at 101/3 needing a further 69 runs to win. Hales and Rutherford led their team to the target with 21 balls.

Brief scores:

MI Emirates 169/5 in 20 overs (Andre Fletcher 21, Nicholas Pooran 57, Kieron Pollard 67 not out, Tom Curran 2-38) lost to Desert Vipers 170/3 in 16.3 overs (Alex Hales 62 not out, Colin Munro 41, Shervan Rutherford 56 not out, Samit Patel 2-23).

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