As the number one pick in the T10 League player auction last month, there was a lot of intrigue as to how Mohammad Amir would adapt to the newest format of the game.
Indeed, it was largely a tournament to forget for the Pakistan star – who was part of the Maratha Arabians side that were beaten by five wickets against Kerala Kings in the semi-finals – earlier on Sunday.
Amir, however, has commented how the shortest format of the game will help him improve his bowling in Tests, one-day and T20 cricket for his country.
Overs bowled: two
EFFECTIVENESS WITH THE BALL
In his first spell, Amir bowled two dot balls as well as giving away just two singles. But, more importantly, two of his six deliveries saw him punished by Paul Stirling with fours. His first was just too easy with the ball short and wide but Stirling really had to work for his other boundary, going down on one knee to scoop it to the fence.
When he returned with the ball, 25 runs were required for Kerala to win from four overs. What should have been six deliveries turned out to be eight and ultimately proved to be expensive with 17 runs conceded.
While he began on a positive note with a variation of slow balls and yorkers, he was smashed for a four by Eoin Morgan. In the very next ball, he was hit for a six and that too off a no-ball didn’t do him no favours. He also bowled a wide.
CAN PLAYING T10 CRICKET HELP HIS SHOWINGS WITH PAKISTAN?
This could well be the only time that the 25-year-old will be playing T10 cricket for at least another 12 months. However, after just one wicket in four matches in the competition, he might not be too fussed about that. For Pakistan, Amir cannot afford to have lapses in concentration – like his second spell in Sunday’s semi-final – when he gifted the opposition freebies by bowling a no ball and a wide.
Pakistan are set to play T20s against New Zealand and West Indies next year and although it’s in a different format, the lessons he has learnt from Sharjah will go a long way in helping the paceman develop as a player.
Six. Not the best of days for Amir with the ball and he would be the first to admit that.
Eoin Morgan’s half-century saw Kerala Kings book their place in the T10 League final after a five-wicket victory over Maratha Arabians.
Set a target of 97 at Sharjah Stadium, the England T20 and ODI skipper was in fine form, smashing four sixes and four fours in his 53-run knock off 32 deliveries.
His team’s cause was helped by Maratha Arabians’ Mohammad Amir, who was expensive in his two overs, conceding 26 runs including a no-ball six to Morgan.
For Maratha Arabians, just 12 balls into the game, they were already in big trouble on the final day.
Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir and England’s Liam Plunkett both took two wickets in their six deliveries as Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, Ross Whiteley and Asghar Stanikzai were all dismissed with just 19-4 on the scorecard.
By the time opener Kamran Akmal was caught by Wahab Riaz, Arabians were reeling 33-6 at the half-way stage.
Desperately, in need of boundaries, Dwayne Bravo (27) smashed two consecutive sixes off Kieron Pollard with Imad Wasim also getting into the act with two boundaries as Arabians racked up 37 in two overs.
A smart catch from Pollard saw Tanvir remove Wasim but late runs saw Arabians post 97-9.
Kings will play either Pakhtoons or Punjabi Legends in Sunday’s final.
The iconic Sharjah stadium came alive as over fifteen thousand fans witnessed the opening ceremony of the first ever-international T10 tournament on Thursday evening.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance cut the ribbon, unveiled the trophy and set the tournament underway after hailing the power and skill needed to play this shortest version of the game.
Sheikh Nahyan congratulated Shaji Ul Mulk, the man behind the initiative in his capacity as Chairman of the T10 League, as well all those owners and directors who came out and unstintingly supported this version of cricket. Also present was Dr Nowhera Shaik, Founder & CEO Heera Group, the title sponsor and Salman Iqbal, President, T10 Cricket League.
In a delightful and relaxed manner after the formalities, the six teams did a round of honor of the field each accompanied by dancers from the specific region the teams represent and appropriate music in the background. A riveting display by performance artists and choreographed dances on stage plus a light and sound spectacle truly heralded a great start to the four-day tournament.
Well known players like Shahid Afridi,Virender Sehwag, Darren Sammy and Shakib Al Hasan received lusty cheers as they walked past. Not to mention the warm welcome received by celebrity attendees including Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu, the wrestler the Great Khali, Suneil Shetty, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan, to name a few.
Kerala Kings defeated the Bengal Tigers by eight wickets in the first T10 international ever played. In the second match, the Pakhtoons defeated the Maratha Arabians by 25 runs.
Friday will see four matches being played starting at 4pm.