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Abu Dhabi T 10: Deccan Gladiators Claim the title
Abu Dhabi (SB Report):-Deccan Gladiators led by Pakistani left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz outclassed Delhi Bulls by 56 runs in the final of Abu Dhabi T10 Cricket League here at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Saturday night. A solid and sparking innings of 90 runs by Russell was the major different between the both finalist teams. Winners scored 159 runs in 10 overs without wasting any wicket. Losers could score 103 for 7 in 10 overs. Delhi Bulls couldn't find the momentum during their chase and eventually fell short by 56 runs. Chandrapaul Hemraj tried to get things going for the Bulls, as he smacked Russell for two boundaries and a six in the fifth over, however, he kept losing partners at the other end. Hemraj played a breezy innings of 42 runs off 20 balls, but his stay at the crease ended when he was dismissed by Wanindu Hasaranga in the sixth over. Post Hemraj's departure, the Deccan Gladiators kept putting pressure on their opponents and eventually walked off the field as champions. Odean Smith, Wanindu Hasaranga and Tymal Mills picked up 2 wickets each in the match. Earlier, Andre Russell and Tom Kohler-Cadmore recorded the highest partnership in the history of Abu Dhabi T10. The opening batters strung an explosive partnership of 159/0 in 10 overs. Andre Russell played a scintillating innings of 90 runs from 32 balls, laced with 9 fours and 7 sixes and he was ably supported by Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who smashed 59 runs from 28 balls. Kohler-Cadmore hit 3 fours and 5 sixes during his innings. Russell took on Dominic Drakes, smacking him for two sixes in the third over and then he struck two boundaries and a six off Dwayne Bravo's bowling in the fifth over. The West Indian also smashed Romario Shepherd for two boundaries and a six in the eighth over. Kohler-Cadmore also upped the ante in the last over, hitting a six and a four off Bravo's bowling, helping the Gladiators post an imposing total. Delhi Bulls' Shiraz Ahmed, who took 6 wickets in the tournament, won the UAE Player of the Tournament award. Dominic Drakes won the Bowler of the Tournament award. The Delhi Bulls speedster picked up 19 wickets in the Abu Dhabi T10. Rahmanullah Gurbaz bagged the Batter of the Tournament award. The Delhi Bulls batter scored 343 runs in the tournament. Wanindu Hasaranga was adjudged the Player of the Tournament. The Deccan Gladiators leg-spinner was also the highest wicket-taker with 21 wickets. Brief scores: Deccan Gladiators 159/0 (Andre Russell 90*, Tom Kohler-Cadmore 59*, Fazalhaq Farooqi 0-25) beat Delhi Bulls 103/7 (Chandrapaul Hemraj 42, Adil Rashid 15*, Wanindu Hasaranga 2-20) by 56 runs.
Team Abu Dhabi claim third place in Abu Dhabi T10
Abu Dhabi (SB Report):-Team Abu Dhabi and Bangla Tigers finished a great clash in the 3rd Place Play-off in the Abu Dhabi T10 on Saturday, as the Team Abu Dhabi posted a total of 98/5 in their 10 overs and Bangla Tigers were restricted to 98/6 in their 10 overs. Since Team Abu Dhabi finished at the third spot and the Bangla Tigers finished at a lower position (fourth spot) in the league stage, Team Abu Dhabi clinched the third place in Abu Dhabi T10. The Bangla Tigers openers Johnson Charles and Hazratullah Zazai set a good platform by gathering 23 runs off the first two overs, but, Zazai was dismissed by Naveen-ul-Haq and Ahmed Daniyal effected a brilliant run out to remove Charles in the third over. Daniyal made matters worse for the Tigers when he dismissed Captain Andre Fletcher for 6 runs off 6 balls in the fifth over. Team Abu Dhabi were in the driver's seat when they reduced the Tigers to 59/4 in 7 overs, however, Will Smeed and Karim Janat had other plans. Janat smacked Marchant de Lange for a four and a six in the eighth over and Smeed smashed two boundaries and a six off Captain Liam Livingstone's bowling in the ninth over, taking the Tigers to 92/4. However, Naveen-ul-Haq bowled a brilliant last over and ensured that Team Abu Dhabi tied the match. Earlier, Tom Hartley got the Bangla Tigers off to a great start by trapping Daniel Bell-Drummond LBW in the first over, however, Philip Salt smacked Hartley for two sixes and a boundary on the last three deliveries of the opening over. Mohammad Amir got the Tigers back into the match by bowling out the dangerous Philip Salt for 21 runs off 7 balls in the next over. Thereafter, the Bangla Tigers kept a check on the run flow by picking up wickets in regular intervals. Colin Ingram was the only highlight in Team Abu Dhabi's batting card. The South African played a brilliant innings of 41 runs from 24 balls, laced with four sixes.  Ingram took on Sabir Rao, smashing him for a six in the sixth over and he struck two more sixes in the last over off Karim Janat's bowling, propelling Team Abu Dhabi's score to 98/5 in their 10 overs. Brief scores: Team Abu Dhabi 98/5 (Colin Ingram 41*, Philip Salt 21, Mohammad Amir 1-9) tie with Bangla Tigers 98/6 (Will Smeed 25*, Will Jacks 20, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-11).  
Delhi Bulls defeat Team Abu Dhabi by 49 runs
Abu Dhabi (SB Report);- The Delhi Bulls booked their place in the Abu Dhabi T10 final after defeating Team Abu Dhabi by 49 runs in Qualifier 2 on Friday. The Bulls will be up against the Deccan Gladiators in the Final and Team Abu Dhabi will face off against Bangla Tigers in the 3rd Place Play-off on Saturday. After the Delhi Bulls recorded a total of 109/7 in their 10 overs, Team Abu Dhabi were bowled out for 60 in 8.3 overs. Dominic Drakes was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/13. Philip Salt and Paul Stirling began Team Abu Dhabi's innings in typical fashion, gathering 23 runs off the first over. Salt struck two boundaries and a six off the first three deliveries and Stirling smacked consecutive boundaries off Chandrapaul Hemraj's bowling. However, Dominic Drakes brought the Delhi Bulls back into the match by taking the wickets of Philip Salt and Captain Liam Livingstone in the second over. Fazalhaq Farooqi made matters worse for Team Abu Dhabi when he dismissed Stirling in the fourth over, leaving Team Abu Dhabi at 39/3. Romario Shepherd completely tilted the match in favour of Delhi Bulls when he removed Chris Gayle for 14 runs from 11 balls and Danny Briggs for nought in consecutive deliveries in the fifth over. Team Abu Dhabi were reduced to 44/6. Thereafter, Team Abu Dhabi kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually folded for 60. Earlier, Sheldon Cottrell got Team Abu Dhabi off to a great start by bowling out Rahmanullah Gurbaz on the first delivery of Delhi Bulls' innings. Sherfane Rutherford tried to gain momentum for the Bulls as he struck a four and a six in the second over, however, he was dismissed by Captain Liam Livingstone for 19 runs from 8 balls in the next over. Team Abu Dhabi continued to put pressure on their opponents by picking up wickets at regular intervals. Livingstone led from the front with magnificent figures of 2/7 in his 2 overs. Romario Shepherd tried to take responsibility of getting the runs for the Bulls as he smacked Marchant de Lange for consecutive boundaries in the seventh over, but he was removed by Cottrell for 26 runs from 16 balls in the ninth over. Adil Rashid's breezy cameo innings of 13 runs from 5 balls helped the Bulls post a competitive total of 109/7 in their 10 overs. Brief scores: Delhi Bulls 109/7 (Romario Shepherd 26, Sherfane Rutherford 19, Liam Livingstone 2-7) beat Team Abu Dhabi 60 (Philip Salt 15, Chris Gayle 14, Dominic Drakes 4/13) by 49 runs.    
T10 League: Team Abu Dhabi brush aside to Bangla Tigers
Abu Dhabi (SB Report):-Team Abu Dhabi kept their title hopes alive after defeating Bangla Tigers by 7 wickets in the Eliminator in the Abu Dhabi T10 on Friday. After the Bangla Tigers posted a total of 101/4 in their 10 overs, Paul Stirling played a brilliant innings of 57 runs from 20 balls to help his team chase down the total in 6.5 overs. Team Abu Dhabi will take on Delhi Bulls in Qualifier 2 on Friday. Paul Stirling smashed Mohammad Amir for two boundaries and a six in the second over and set the ball rolling for Team Abu Dhabi. He smashed two more sixes off James Faulkner's bowling in the next over. The opening batters Paul Stirling and Philip Salt put Team Abu Dhabi in the driver's seat with a partnership of 81 runs in 4.5 overs. Salt and Stirling were dismissed in quick succession, however, Chris Gayle and Colin Ingram closed out the game in clinical fashion in the end. Earlier, Hazratullah Zazai single-handedly took the Bangla Tigers to 101/4 in their 10 overs. The Afghanistan cricketer smashed 5 fours and 4 sixes in his magnificent innings of 66* off 37 balls. Sheldon Cottrell set the tone with the ball for Team Abu Dhabi by taking the wicket of Johnson Charles in the first over itself and then Faf du Plessis fell to Fidel Edwards in the next over. Edwards put more pressure on the Tigers by dismissing Will Jacks for a first-ball duck and then Marchant de Lange joined the party by taking the wicket of Will Smeed in the fourth over. Thereafter, Zazai took matters into his own hands and smashed Edwards for three boundaries in the sixth over. The Afghanistan cricketer took on de Lange as well, smacking him for a four and a six in the eighth over, taking the Tigers' score to 76/4.  The Bangla Tigers propelled their score over hundred by gathering 18 runs off the last over. Benny Howell played a fantastic hand of 14* runs from 11 balls as well. Brief scores: Team Abu Dhabi 105/3 (Paul Stirling 57, Philip Salt 24, Benny Howell 2/22) beat Bangla Tigers 101/4 (Hazratullah Zazai 66*, Benny Howell 14*, Fidel Edwards 2-20) by 7 wickets.  
Abu Dhabi T 10: Deccan Gladiators reach in final
Abu Dhabi (SB Report):-Riding on Andre Russell’s brilliant all-round show, the Deccan Gladiators progressed to the final of Abu Dhabi T10 after clinching the first qualifier against Delhi Bulls on Friday. The Gladiators’ batting clicked once again and overcame a minor stutter in the middle overs to pose an imposing 139. The Delhi Bulls’ batting unit started strongly but the chase lost steam after the departure of Eoin Morgan in the seventh over. The loss meant that the Delhi Bulls would need to play against the winning side of the Eliminator in Qualifier 2 later in the day. Gurbaz began the Bulls’ chase with the same confidence that he has exhibited throughout the season, lofting Wahab Riaz over his head for a six in the first over. Hemraj continued the good work in the next over, finding the boundary on multiple occasions to fetch 22 runs off Sultan Ahmed’s bowling. However, the left-hander departed soon, failing to pick Smith’s slower ball. In the company of Sherfane Rutherford, Gurbaz took the team to 65 at the halfway mark of the innings but fell to Hasaranga on the first delivery of the sixth over. Eoin Morgan raised hopes of the Delhi fans with a flurry of sixes but Andre Russell delivered the knockout punch when he had Morgan caught at deep point. With 47 to get off the final three overs and their main batsmen back in the hut, the result became a foregone conclusion. The Bulls eventually finished with 122 for the loss of five wickets to lose the contest by 17 runs. Earlier, the Gladiators lost the toss and were put in to bat by Dwayne Bravo. Russell and Tom Kohler-Cadmore resumed from where they had left in the last match, stitching together a 58-run-partnership from just 23 balls to give the team a solid start. Russell, who dominated the partnership, fell for 39 in the fourth over. The sixth over of the innings bowled by Dominic Drakes proved to be quite an eventful one. Gladiators began the over in a strong position with the scoreboard reading 74/1. Kohler-Cadmore lofted Drakes’ first delivery which Dwayne Bravo dropped. However, the captain showed the presence of mind and threw down the stumps from long-off to run out the non-striker Najibullah Zadran. Kohler-Cadmore went for it once again on the next ball but the mistimed shot was safely pouched by Chandrapaul Hemraj. Anwar Ali too lasted only two balls before edging one to Gurbaz. Gladiators slipped to 77/4 by the time Drakes’ over ended. Odean Smith and David Wiese brought the innings back on track and took the total beyond 100 on the first ball of the penultimate over. Odean Smith then went on to unleash a hat-trick of sixes against Fazalhaq Farooqi’s bowling who gave away 27 runs in the over. Wiese hit Nyeem Young for a four and a six in the final over to ensure that the Gladiators ended up a big score despite the setback faced in the middle overs. The duo added 62 runs from 24 deliveries. Brief scores: Deccan Gladiators 139/4 (Andre Russell 39, David Wiese 31, Dominic Drakes 3-15) beat Delhi Bulls 122/5 (Eoin Morgan 27, Chandrapaul Hemraj 24, Andre Russell 2-27)
Gaurav Grover hailes role of Mushtaq and Prasanna in Gladiators triumphs
Abu Dhabi (SB Report):-The Deccan Gladiators finished the league stage at the top of the table in the Abu Dhabi T10 with 7 wins from 10 matches. Ahead of their Qualifier 1 match against Delhi Bulls on Friday, Deccan Gladiators team owner Gaurav Grover expressed that he was sure is confident the Gladiators would reach the final. "This time, everything has gone the way we wanted. We got the players we wanted during the Players Draft. I am pretty sure that we will play in the final with the kind of all-rounders we have. The credit goes to coach Mushtaq Ahmed and the team analyst Prasanna Agoram. They are playing a vital role," said the Deccan Gladiators team owner. When asked about the thought process behind selecting the Deccan Gladiators team for the current season in the Abu Dhabi T10 Players Draft, he said, "We have Mushtaq Ahmed as a coach for the last three years. I grew up watching him play. So, we have a lot of respect for him. We also have a very good analyst, Prasanna Agoram. These people have a lot of knowledge. In consultation with them, we selected our players. I am happy with the players we selected. The combination is perfect." The Gladiators team owner also went on to open up about the franchise's plans to expand and go global in the coming years, "We are just waiting for pandemic to be over. We have a lot of plans to go globally. We want more people joining us and more people watching T10." Speaking further on the strategies being planned, Grover added, "This year, we could not work a lot on fan activation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the social media team has done a good job within the limitations. We have plans and strategies from next year onwards. Our vision is very clear. We want to create a full-packaged brand. We want to play some friendly matches in India as well."
Abu Dhabi T10: Delhi Bulls trounce Team Abu Dhabi by 49 runs
Abu Dhabi (SB Report):-Adil Rashid ripped through Team Abu Dhabi’s batting lineup with a hat-trick to give Delhi Bulls their seventh win and deny Abu Dhabi a chance to make it to the top two on the points table in Abu Dhabi T10. Team Abu Dhabi’s strong batting lineup needed 108 to finish in the top two but imploded in the middle overs. After a strong start, they slipped from 41/1 to 67/7 in a matter of ten deliveries. The result of this match meant Delhi Bulls finished in the top two while Team Abu Dhabi along with Bangla Tigers occupy the third and the fourth place on the points table. Chasing 136, Team Abu Dhabi lost Paul Stirling in the first over, before Phil Salt and Liam Livingstone steadied the ship with a few big hits. The duo added 34 runs in 12 balls but once Salt fell to Shiraz Ahmed, Team Abu Dhabi innings went off the rail. Adil Rashid, bowling his second over, first got Livingstone to top edge to the keeper and then removed Colin Ingram with a ripper. Jamie Overton, facing the hat-trick ball, had no answer to Rashid’s googly and was bowled for a duck. Dominic Drakes took out Bell-Drummond and Danny Briggs in the next over to reduce Team Abu Dhabi to 67/7. Fazalhaq Farooqi sent down a maiden over to reduce Livingstone’s team’s chances of reaching the top two. Eventually, Team Abu Dhabi finished on 86/8. After winning the toss and putting the opposition into bat, Team Abu Dhabi didn’t allow Delhi Bulls to get off to a flyer. Sheldon Cottrell removed Chandrapaul Hemraj in the first over while Marchant De Lange tested Rahmanullah Gurbaz with some short-pitched bowling. The innings gathered momentum when Gurbaz unleashed an attack on Cottrell in the third over, hitting the left-arm pacer for a six and a four. Jamie Overton proved expensive in his first over as he gave away 22 runs. Liam Livingstone brought himself on but Gurbaz showed scant regard for his leg spin and hit him into the stands twice in two deliveries. Naveen-ul-Haq struggled with his line and length and was smashed all around the park by the duo who plundered him for 28 runs. Even the generally economical Danny Briggs was put to sword as the duo took their partnership beyond the 100 run mark. With three overs left and Bulls cruising on 112, a massive score seemed to be on the cards. However. Rutherford’s run out on the first ball of the eighth over put the brakes on the scoring rate. The final three overs of the innings yielded only 23 runs but that was to prove more than enough for the Bulls.  Brief scores: Delhi Bulls 135/5 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 69, Sherfane Rutherford 52, Sheldon Cottrell 1-20) beat Team Abu Dhabi 86/8 (Liam Livingstone 29, Phil Salt 25, Adil Rashid 3-15)    
Abu Dhabi T-10: Bangla Tigers defeat Northern Warriors by 30 runs
Abu Dhabi (SB Report):-Bangla Tigers’ bowling attack proved too hot to handle for the Northern Warriors who succumbed to a 30 run defeat on Thursday in the Abu Dhabi T10. After the Bangla Tigers put on 119 on the board on a tricky pitch, the Warriors struggled to get going and never threatened the target, losing wickets at regular intervals. Left arm spinner Tom Hartley proved to be the standout performer with the ball, picking up two wickets for just 12 runs. Earlier, a 96-run 2nd wicket partnership between Hazratullah Zazai and Faf Du Plessis had ensured that the Tigers posted a challenging total on the board. When the Warriors began their pursuit of 120, Hartley drew first blood for Tigers by sending back Kennar Lewis in the first over. The Warriors start went from bad to worse when Moeen Ali stepped out to James Faulkner in the next over, only to hear the stumps behind him getting rattled. Samit Patel and Rovman Powell got together but found the going tough against some quality bowling. Powell soon flicked a loosener on the leg side straight into the hands of the fine-leg fielder. At the halfway mark, the innings was tottering at 31/3. With the run-out of Samit Patel in the seventh over, the last hope of a fight back from the Warriors also ended. Umair Ali showed dexterity in picking up the slower balls and launching them into the stands but his cameo of 39 from 16 balls proved to be a case of too little too late for the Warriors Earlier, The Tigers’ innings didn’t take off smoothly as swashbuckling opener Johnson Charles’ stint at the crease was cut short by Imran Tahir in the third over. After Charles’ departure, Zazai was joined at the crease by captain Faf Du Plessis who promoted himself up the order. However, the ploy didn’t seem to work in the first few overs of the partnership as some smart bowling and a difficult pitch to bat on kept the duo largely quiet. As a result, the Bangla Tigers could only manage 42 in the first five overs. The acceleration began from the seventh over. With just four runs from his first nine deliveries, Du Plessis was forced to innovate and scooped Oshane Thomas over long leg for a maximum. This was to prove the beginning of a late assault that the duo perpetrated on the Warriors bowling attack. Abhimanyu Mithun’s next over saw both the batsmen hit a six apiece. But the severest punishment was reserved for Tahir who bowled the penultimate over. The leg-spinner, who had conceded only three in his first over, was struck for 26 in his last over by Zazai and Du Plessis. In the final over, Zazai reached his half century thanks to a dropped chance at the boundary. A hat-trick of streaky boundaries off the captain’s bat in the final over took the Tigers to a challenging 119. Brief scores: Bangla Tigers 119/1 (Hazratullah Zazai 55*, Faf Du Plessis 38* Imran Tahir 1-29) beat Northern Warriors 89/6 (Umair Ali 39*, Samit Patel 15, Tom Hartley 2-12)
Delhi Bulls defeat The Chennai Braves by 10 wickets
Abu Dhabi, UAE (SB Report):-Delhi Bulls secured a comfortable 10 wicket win over The Chennai Braves in the second fixture of Wednesday in the Abu Dhabi T10. Rahmanullah Gurbaz starred with the bat, scoring the fastest half-century of the competition as the Bulls made light work of the target of 81. Earlier, the Chennai Braves recovered from a poor start to post a respectable total on the board. However, it wasn’t to prove enough as the Bulls romped home with almost six overs to spare, thanks to a stunning opening partnership between Gurbaz and Chandrapaul Hemraj. The Delhi Bulls wasted no time in kickstarting their chase with Gurbaz taking the initiative against the off-spin of Mark Deyal when he hit him for two sixes and a four on the final three balls of the first over. There was no let-up in the intensity from the openers in the next over by Munaf Patel who ended up conceding 19 runs. The Afghanistan batsman was severe on Campher in the third over, smashing him for a hat-trick of boundaries before lofting the penultimate ball of the over for a maximum. Captain Angelo Perera threw the ball to Dasun Shanaka to try to stem the flow of runs. However, Hemraj tore into him, hitting the first two deliveries of his over for a six and a four. He then turned over the strike to his opening partner who pulled Shanaka for a six to bring up his fifty in just 14 balls. The left-handed Hemraj then slog-swept the first ball of Deyal’s fifth over to complete the formalities and give the Bulls a comprehensive 10 wicket win.  The Chennai Braves struggled right from the beginning as Mohammad Shahzad was run out by his compatriot Gurbaz in the second over. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who has looked the team’s best batsman in the tournament, had to contend with a duck against his name as Romario Shepherd removed him on the final delivery of the second over. Ravi Bopara tried to take on the guile of Adil Rashid but without success as The Chennai Braves found themselves in deep trouble at 15/3. Things could have been worse had Dwayne Bravo’s men held on to the chances that came their way. The Bulls dropped as many as three catches in the innings with Shepherd dropping two of them. Mark Deyal and Angelo Perera got together to do the repair job in the fourth over, cutting down on the risks in the process. They finally opened their arms after taking the powerplay ahead of the eighth over. The attack proved to be too little too late and despite Perera’s 40 and Deyal’s 21, the team could only manage 80 runs in their allotted ten overs. Brief scores: Delhi Bulls 81/0 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 57*, Chandrapaul Hemraj 24* Munaf Patel 0-19) beat The Chennai Braves 80/4 (Angelo Perera 40, Mark Deyal 21*, Romario Shepherd 1-16)
Deccan Gladiators defeat Bangla Tigers defeat by 62 runs
Abu Dhabi, UAE (SB Report):-Tom Kohler-Cadmore notched up the highest score of Abu Dhabi T10 by scoring 96 in just 39 balls that helped his team defeat Bangla Tigers by 62 runs on Wednesday in the Abu Dhabi T10. The Bangla Tigers’ chase never took off courtesy Wanindu Hasaranga, who continued his dream run with the ball and picked up a five-wicket haul to skittle Du Plessis’ men for 79. Gladiators’ seventh win meant that they leaped to the top of the points table with 14 points. Bangla Tigers, who have relied heavily on their top order in the tournament, made a disastrous start to their chase of 140. Hazratullah Zazai, who had dropped Kohler-Cadmore’s catch earlier in the evening, got out on the second delivery he faced. Will Jacks followed him back to the pavilion after finding his stumps rattled by Sultan Ahmed. Hasaranga got hit for a six by Karim Janat on the second ball of his spell but came back strongly by removing Janat and Johnson Charles in successive deliveries to reduce the Tigers to 26/4. Faf Du Plessis and Isuru Udana tried to put the innings back on track with a few big hits but the task in front of them was too massive. Hasaranga shot out the lower middle order in the next over to complete his fifer. Earlier, the Deccan Gladiators stuck to their template of attacking from ball one. By promoting Andre Russell up the order, they sent in their most explosive batsman to open the game with Tom Kohler-Cadmore. However, the West Indian was overshadowed by Kohler-Cadmore’s assault on the troika of left-arm seamers of Bangla Tigers that allowed the Gladiators to race to 45 in the first three overs. The assault continued when captain Du Plessis pressed another left-hander into action as Isuru Udana leaked 15 runs in his first over. Kohler-Cadmore brought up his half-century in the same over in just 18 balls. The ever-reliable Benny Howell brought some sanity to the proceedings by bowling a 5 run over but the runs leaked from the other end. By lofting Udana over long-off for a boundary, Kohler-Cadmore took his team’s total past 100 while entering the 80s himself. With Kohler-Cadmore on 96 at the beginning of the final over, Russell gave him the strike on the second ball of the over to complete his ton. But the Englishman couldn’t send Luke Wood’s low full-toss beyond the flying Jack Wills at mid-off who hung on to a stunner. With three balls left in the innings, Odean Smith threw his bat at everything and managed to connect two deliveries for two sixes to take the Gladiators to 140.     Brief scores: Deccan Gladiators 140/1 (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 96, Andre Russell 26* Whiteley 26, Luke Wood 1-36 ) beat Bangla Tigers 78/9 (Isuru Udana 33, Faf du Plessis 15 Wanindu Hasaranga 5-8)