Abu Dhabi T10: Ex-KKR Ali Khan shines again with 3/0, can be most sought after bowler in IPL 2021 Auctions

IPL 2021 Auctions – Ex-KKR bowler Ali Khan shines again, will he be most sought after bowler in IPL 2021 auctions? Abu Dhabi T10 is turning out to be a great outing for Ex- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Ali Khan from USA. On Monday he took 2 wickets for 4 runs in two overs, On Tuesday, Khan bettered his own effort by picking 3 wickets in 5 balls without giving any run – making him a hot property for IPL 2021 Auctions

Ali Khan replaced Harry Gruney in Kolkata Knight Riders squad in the last edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). Injury did not allow him to showcase his ability. KKR decided to not retain Khan for the IPL 2021. Khan continued his stellar run in The Abu Dhabi T10 by taking three wickets in a span of five deliveries while giving no runs – all with an injured finger of the bowling hand. Khan was on a hat-trick but had to retire due to the injury, which he suffered while taking a brilliant catch earlier in the match. This superlative bowling effort by the USA international paved the way for a big Delhi Bulls victory.

The brilliant performance by Khan makes one question, will KKR regret not retaining Ali Khan for IPL 2021?

Delhi Bulls’ pacers wreck Pune Devils to lowest total of season
Choosing to field first, the Delhi Bulls’ speedsters crippled the Pune Devils’ batting line-up, reducing them to a paltry 57/7 at the end of their 10 overs.

The pace battery of Fidel Edwards, Amad Butt and Ali Khan rattled through the top and middle order, with Amad Butt initiating the collapse in the third over by sending back Chadwick Walton and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

USA international Ali Khan went on a rampage in the fifth over and snared three wickets in five balls, before walking off with an injured finger.

At 35/6 in five overs, the Pune Devils were heading for the lowest total of 46 in the history of the tournament. However, Devon Thomas added a crucial 15 to take the team past the unwanted record.

In response, Delhi Bulls’ young opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz was looking to wrap things up early and made a quick 26 off 14, which included one six and four fours.

The Pune Devils did pick up two consolation wickets but the total posted on the scoreboard wasn’t enough to defend as the Bulls chased the total with more than five overs remaining.

Brief scores: Pune Devils 57/7 (Devon Thomas 15, Ali Khan 3/0) lost to Delhi Bulls 58/2 in 4.4 overs (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 26, Munis Ansari 1/18) by 8 wickets

Team effort keeps Qalandars’ unbeaten run intact
The Qalandars continued their winning streak in the tournament following a clinical team effort to beat the Maratha Arabians and pick up their fourth straight win.

Choosing to field first, the Sohail Akhtar-led Qalandars were challenged by Maratha Arabians’ opener Mohammad Hafeez, who led the scoring with a breezy 44 in 23.

However, after the dismissal of two batsmen, the scoring rate took a sharp dip and not a single six was hit after Mohammad Hafeez’s exit.

Sohail Tanvir, who was yet to take a wicket in 2020 ADT10, took three in the last over as the Qalandars restricted the Maratha Arabians to a modest 101/5 in 10 overs.

In the chase, Qalandars’ opener Tom Banton was dismissed early but captain Sohail Akhtar and Sharjeel Khan stitched a solid 50-run partnership for the second wicket.

The captain was dismissed for the first time in the tournament but not before smashing a quick 20 at a strike rate of 200.

Although there was a late comeback effort by the Maratha Arabians, big-hitting Australian Ben Dunk calmly finished the business with a cracking boundary.

Brief scores: Maratha Arabians 101/5 (Mohammad Hafeez 44, Sohail Tanvir 3/22) lost to Qalandars 104/6 in 8.1 overs (Sharjeel Khan 28, Yamin Ahmadzai 2/21) by 4 wickets

Gladiators lose their nerves and their third straight game
Chasing the Northern Warriors’ 143, the Deccan Gladiators had the match in their control near the halfway mark and were cruising towards the target after pounding 31 runs in the fourth over.

On the back of Azam Khan’s brisk half-century, which boasted five sixes and four fours, the Kieron Pollard-led Northern Gladiators reached 77/1 in five overs, being on course for a much-needed win.

However, the Gladiators’ middle-order fell like a pack of cards, losing four wickets in the space of nine deliveries, including that of Azam Khan and Kieron Pollard.

Anwari Ali tried to resuscitate the chase through some powerful strokeplay but couldn’t get the 24 runs needed in the last over as the Warriors scraped through to a three-run victory.

Earlier, Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen did the big-hitting for the Warriors, with the former scoring an unbeaten 51.

The Gladiators’ had early success but the depth in the Warriors’ batting line-up got the team to a challenging total of 143/4 in their 10 overs, which eventually proved just enough for the win.

Brief scores: Northern Warriors 143/4 (Rovman Powell 51*, Sunil Narine 1/30) beat Deccan Gladiators 140/6 (Azam Khan 52, Fabian Allen 2/8) by 3 runs.