Kerala Kings won the inaugural edition of the T10 League with a thumping eight-wicket win over Punjabi Legends in the title-decider on Sunday (December 17).

The Legends had given themselves a good shot at winning the game by scoring a mammoth 120-run total but it turned out to be too less in the end, as Paul Stirling, and Eoin Morgan’s whirlwind fifties took the Kings home with two overs remaining.

Kings’ skipper Eoin Morgan decision to bowl first turned out to be good one initially, as Liam Plunkett castled Umar Akmal for run-a-ball six. However, Luke Ronchi and Shoaib Malik turned the tide in their team’s favour by sharing a quickfire 83-run stand off just 38 balls for the second wicket before Rayad Emrit sent the latter for 26 which came off 14 balls.

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Six runs later, Ronchi was run-out, but before he had helped his team score a huge total in the final by scoring 70 off just 34 balls which were studded with five fours and as many sixes.

But Ronchi’s efforts went in vain in the end, as Stirling continued his red-hot form with the bat, scoring his second fifty of the tournament and was well-supported by captain Morgan. The Kings disastrously began their chase with their opening batsman Chadwick Walton getting dismissed for a first-ball duck by Faheem Ashraf.

However, the early wicket was not the precursor of the things that were to follow, as Stirling and Morgan took the Legends’ bowlers to the cleaners. The duo all but sealed the fate of the game in their team’s favour by sharing a 113-run stand off just 40 balls before Hasan Ali managed to break the partnership when he accounted for Morgan.

Before that, Morgan scored 63 off just 21 balls including five fours and six sixes. Stirling and Pollard then took the Kings home by the end of the eighth over without much of a fuss. Stirling remained unbeaten on 52 off 23 balls, an innings that was studded with three fours and five sixes.

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