Highlights T10 League at Sharjah, Final, Kerala Kings vs Punjabi Legends: Morgan and his Kings are the champions

Highlights T10 League at Sharjah, Final, Kerala Kings vs Punjabi Legends: Morgan and his Kings are the champions

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So that's all in our live coverage of this revolutionary T10 League. Lots of spectacular hitting. Sixes and fours galore. Cricket keeps on evolving. Hope you have enjoyed as much as we had. Good night and take care. 

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Man of the Tournament: Luke Ronchi (Punjabi Legends)

Man of the Match: Eoin Morgan (Kerala Kings)

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Kerala Kings 121/2 after 8 overs

Dawlat Zadran to bowl the penultimate over. The first ball of the next over is a wide and that's that. Stirling remained not out on 52 off 23 balls. 

Kerala Kings beat Punjabi Legends by 8 wickets to win the title. That's the biggest margin of victory in terms of balls to spare.   

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Kerala Kings 120/2 after 8 overs


Pollard is the new man in. Jordan to bowl the next over. Stirling in trouble. The fielder takes a shy. A direct hit would have taken out Stirling. The Kings get an overthrow instead. Stirling goes straight and collects a fifty. Twin fifties for the first time in an innings in the league. Two runs needed off 15 balls. The field comes in. Pollard not being able to get it away. Hit on the body. Misfield at mid-wicket. Scores are level. Big attendance today. Over 15,000 came to see the extravaganza. 

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Kerala Kings 113/2 after 7 overs


Hasan Ali to Morgan. Slower delivery. Goes through Morgan. The next delivery is swatted away and that is just short of the diving fielder running in from mid-wicket. Morgan gets an inside edge for four and the equation gets ever easier for Kings. Another six for Morgan. Clears the front leg and over the ropes at long-on. 

OUT! Morgan finally falls. Brathwaite catches, loses his balance. flicks the ball back, regains his balance and calmly catches it again. Cool as a cucumber. These catches have become so commonplace these days. Morga out for 63 off 21. The opponent players shake Morgan's hand as the Kings captain walks away. He has won it for the Kings surely! 

Just eight runs needed. Plenty of ball left. You didn't think you could say that in T10 cricket, but such has been Morgan's blitz.

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Kerala Kings 101/1 after 6 overs


Jordan to Stirling. Wide. 28 needed off 30 balls now. Kings are the firm favourites to win this. Slower delivery and Morgan misses. A rare miss. And misses again. The ball goes over the stumps. That was not too far from the stumps. Muscled down the ground by Morgan for a single. The fielder was sitting deep at the edge of the circle at mid-off. Stirling gets a six of his own. A mere flick over mid-wicket and that's the 100 partnership up. Kings in touching distance of the title now.  

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Kerala Kings 92/1 after 5 overs


Bopara into the attack. A super-slow delivery to start off. Stirling could have hit it twice over. Misses. the next ball is flicked away. There is a boundary rider at backward square leg. Only a single. The pitch has been rolled well and has become great for batting. It is like concrete. Morgan slashes and that's hit so hard that it goes through backward point. That should have been stopped though. The next ball is sent high and deep into the crowd at long-off. Length ball disappears again. Another six. On the leg side. Morgan is giving Bopara a real stick. Morgan goes over long-on and it's caught wonderfully by Brathwaite at the fence. But he has dived over the ropes. Six and that's the fastest fifty in the league. Morgan in murderous mood. 52 not out off 14 balls. Time to catch our breath. Time for a strategic timeout.


 

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Kerala Kings 69/1 after 4 overs


Dawlat Zadran into the attack. Slower one and Stirling crunches it over mid-wicket for a six. The sound of ball on bat was like gunshot. And another one. That goes miles and miles into the air and clears the ropes at long-on. And again. A hat-trick of sixes. Over long-on again. Stirling has been watching Morgan hit those lusty ones from the other end and he is now joining in the party now. Morgan this time. Swats it away, but a desperate dive at the fine leg fence by Umar Akmal saves a few runs. After a 24-run over, now a 21-run one. Powerplay completed. That's the highest powerplay score in this tournament. 

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Kerala Kings 48/1 after 3 overs

Ashraf to Morgan. Sliced for a boundary first ball. The second ball is hit over the top again and just clears mid-off. Four again. The nect ball is smoked for a straight six. On the roof that. Into orbit! That went 113 metres back. Full from Ashraf. Dug out to point. No run there. M organ gets a low full toss and Morgan goes past mid-off and collects four. And over mid-off again. This time even better. Six. Kings are getting a move on. That is now the most expensive over in the league.

Highlights

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T10 Cricket League, Final, Kerala Kings vs Punjabi Legends: The first ball of the next over is a wide and that's that. Stirling remained not out on 52 off 23 balls.

Kerala Kings beat Punjabi Legends by 8 wickets to win the title. That's the biggest margin of victory in terms of balls to spare.

Preview: It's the business end of the T10 Cricket League in Sharjah. On Saturday, Punjabi Legends just scraped through to the semi-final courtesy a last-ball six by Carlos Brathwaite. In doing so, they set up a clash with the Shahid Afridi-led Pakhtoons. Maratha Arabians rode on Rilee Roussouw's blistering knock to stride into the semi-final, with a 14-run win over the Legends. They will take on Kerala Kings in the first semi-final. The Kings are looking in fine fettle. They brushed aside Team Sri Lankan Cricket by eight wickets in the first match, but they have their task cut out against the Arabians.

Kerala Kings batsman Paul Stirling in action. Twitter/@T10LeagueTweets

Kerala Kings batsman Paul Stirling in action. Twitter/@T10LeagueTweets

Arabians captain Virender Sehwag missed the action on Saturday with back spasms, and it will be interesting to see if they can recover in time. And if he does, one feels, his best position is at the top of the order, where he had played for most of his India career. He is the most potent at No 1 or 2 in the batting order.

Bengal Tigers, meanwhile, would have been disappointed to miss out on a last-four berth, but took fifth place, beating Team Sri Lankan Cricket. The latter had a terrible tournament, but would be happy with the experience their young team gathered, having played against some of the top stars of the cricket world and their left-handed batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa looked world class, who could be fast-tracked into the Sri Lankan national team.

All in all, the T10 league has been a successful project. Innovative and entertaining, and should be looked at seriously in the future. Keenly contested semi-finals and final would just be the icing on the cake.

Updated Date: December 18, 2017 01:56:46 IST

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