Somerset 183 for 8 (Babar 114*) whip Glamorgan 117 (Overton 3-36) by 66 runs
Babar Azam‘s career-best 114 not out from only 62 balls set up a convincing win for Somerset in Cardiff, maintaining their out of doors chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
They also improved their net run rate, with Glamorgan losing ten wickets with 25 balls of their innings remaining.
The Glamorgan bowlers weren’t at their best, and the fielding was once sub-standard, with Babar dropped twice. He then made the home team suffer as he guided his team to a complete far beyond the par score at Sophia Gardens this season.
Glamorgan’s reply was once a pitiful affair from the moment they missing their first two wickets in nine balls balls, with the game over as a contest when they collapsed to 47 for 5, and then 62 for 6 at the midway stage.
Watch each and every boundary in his 114* pic.twitter.com/0rXCLYgnOg
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Somerset, who were put in on the same slow pitch where Glamorgan defeated Northants the preceding Sunday, missing two wickets in the opening three overs and were 39 for 2 after the Powerplay.
Steve Davies was once the first to go when he was once stumped from Prem Sisodiya’s quicker ball, and in the following over 18-year-old Will Smeed, who made 82 against Gloucestershire final week, mistimed an intended pull to give mid-on a simple catch.
Babar, who was once dropped from a difficult chance to cover on 10, scored freely on either side of the wicket, and reached a rapid fifty from 34 balls, and put on 52 with Tom Abell for the third wicket, before the Somerset captain lifted Andrew Salter’s offspin to long-off.
Babar was once reprieved on 67, when Marchant de Lange, whose first over went for 18 runs, had him dropped at third man, where Owen Morgan misjudged a top-edged cut. He was once mannered supported by Lewis Goldsworthy, the 18-year-old debutant who impressed bowling offspin in England’s U-19 World Cup crusade.
Babar reached his century in the 19th over, the second one fifty coming from just 23 deliveries, with the partnership for the fourth wicket yielding 110 in 10.4 overs. He also reached the landmark of 5000 runs in T20 cricket, fitting the third-fastest man to receive there after Chris Gayle and Shaun Marsh.
Tonight @babarazam258 became the third-fastest to succeed in 5000 T20 runs!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 16, 2020
Roelof van der Merwe started Glamorgan’s demise by having David Lloyd and Chris Cooke caught at backward point in his opening over, both by the substitute fielder George Bartlett. They reached 38 for 3 off the Powerplay, but the rot then set in as the batsman found ways of getting themselves out.
Morgan top scored with 24, but there was once little resistance from the others, with the margin of victory testimony to Somerset’s overwhelming superiority.
Matt Maynard, Glamorgan’s coach, rued his side’s slipshod effort in the field. “Catches win matches, and when you drop the world’s best T20 opener in the third over, you will suffer,” he said.
“I have been involved here for some years and have spoken approximately this, and nothing has happened. The fielding tonight was once bad, and it has to support.”