A stunning five-wicket haul from veteran David Wiese wrecked Sharjah Warriors in the final league of the inaugural ILT20 that eventually ended their playoff qualification hopes. Wiese’s performance saw Warriors collapse for just 107 in a crucial game and Giants then proceeded to chase down the target with ease to win by seven wickets.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit a six in the very first over of the game to signal his intentions but was stopped by Sanchit Sharma. However, it was Tom Kohler-Cadmore who threatened to get away with the game as he went on an assault in the powerplay. He ripped apart Tom Helm to smash three fours and a six off four successive deliveries to race to 33 off 18 before Helm got his revenge.
From thereon, things went downhill as Carlos Brathwaite got rid of Moeen Ali with a bouncer before Wiese got into the act. He trapped Evin Lewis lbw in his first over before delivering a killer blow in his second over that saw him remove Marcus Stoinis, Joe Denly and Chris Woakes to stun the opposition camp. From 65/4, they were reduced to 67/7 in the matter of six deliveries before Wiese returned in the end to add Mohammad Nabi’s scalp as well to complete his five-fer.
A target of 108 was never going to threaten the Giants who wiped off 18 of those in the first two overs. Stoinis did breach Tom Banton’s defence in the powerplay to give his side a breakthrough but by the halfway mark, Giants already had 60 on the board and were hoping for a miracle. Those hopes quickly evaporated as Colin de Grandhomme smashed a couple of sixes to bring down the equation. Even though Junaid Siddique stopped the veteran and dismissed James Vince in the same over, there were no concerns in the Giants camp as they got the job done with 21 balls to spare.
Brief scores: Sharjah Warriors 107 in 18.3 overs (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 33; David Wiese 5/20, Carlos Brathwaite 2/15) lost to Gulf Giants 108/3 in 16.3 overs (Colin de Grandhomme 35, James Vince 27; Junaid Siddique 2/27) by 7 wickets