Srinagar: Skipper Moeen Ali smashed 28-ball 52 to power Birmingham Phoenix to a seven wicket win over Trent Rockets at Edgbaston on Monday in the ongoing The Hundred.
Amoung others Liam Livingstone also scored half century and with Moeen Ali formed 45-ball stand of 85 laid the platform of Birmingham’s 146-run chase.
Bowling first, Mooen dismissed the dangerous Alex Hales in the first over itself. Benny Howell struck thrice, while Imran Tahir and Tom Helm too snared a wicket each as Rockets were reduced to 53 for 6 in 54 balls, with the top six batters dismissed.
Skipper Lewis Gregory, however, staged a fightback in the company of Daniel Sams as Rockets ended up posting 145 for 6.
Birmingham didn’t have as much trouble in the chase despite Will Smeed getting cleaned up by Luke Wood for 1 and his opening partner Miles Hammond making a slow start before getting trapped leg before. However, after Sam Cook and Wood had kept the run-scoring on a tight leash in the first 35 balls, Moeen cut loose against Gregory, slashing and pulling the pacer for a boundary and a six.
Livingstone too went on fifth gear against Sams as the visitors struggled to control the hard-hitting duo. For a period of six balls – No 49 to 54, three fours and as many sixes were hammered off Tabrazi Shamsi and Gregory. Sams and Gregory, who had impressive outings with the bat, ended up conceding 79 runs in their spell of 40 balls.
Even as Wood returned to dismiss Moeen on a 28-ball 52, and bag his third wicket of the innings, it was too late for Rockets, who overhauled the total with 14 balls to spare.
Brief Scores: Trent Rockets 145/6 in 100 balls (Daniel Sams 55, Lewis Gregory 35; Benny Howell 3-28) lost to Birmingham Pheonix 149/3 in 86 balls (Moeen Ali 52, Liam Livingstone 51*; Luke Wood 3-17) by 7 wickets