Earlier, on being invited to bat first, former England captain Joe Root (26) and Uthappa gave Dubai Capitals a smooth start on a difficult pitch. Root hit a four and two sixes against Akil Hussain in the fourth over. However, he was dismissed by Ali Khan in the last over of the power play. He shared a 35-run partnership with Uthappa for the first wicket. Former India batsman Uthappa, who has been playing steady from the other end till now, opened his arm with a six in the same over. Uthappa sent the ball of captain Sunil (one wicket for 28 runs) to the visitors in the 12th over but was bowled on the last ball of the over.
Powell hit two sixes and fours over Ali as soon as he came to the crease. He accelerated the run rate against Rampaul in the 17th over by hitting a four and a six but he was caught by Colin Ingram in the process of making another big shot. He added 51 runs for the fourth wicket with Sikandar Raza (26) of Zimbabwe. Raza hit a four and a six against Russell in the 18th of the innings as the team crossed the 150-run mark. He returned to the pavilion by handing a catch to Russell on the next ball. Yusuf Pathan could only contribute six runs in a five-ball innings. Udana hit fours and sixes in consecutive balls against Ali in the last over, while Ravi Bopara also hit a six to take the team’s score to 187.
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