The Dubai Capitals suffered a 19-run loss at the hands of the Gulf Giants at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday. The Capitals restricted the Gulf Giants to 126 but were bowled out for 107 runs.

After the match, debutant Olly Stone said, “It’s hard not to get the win on my debut, but on a personal note, it felt great to come out here, bowl well, and pick up a few wickets. I was backed up well by some great fielding from my teammates early on, which also helped.”

The Englishman also spoke about what has helped him start the tournament so well, “As a player, you want to start any tournament on the front foot. I want to help my team perform well against the best players in the world and hopefully qualify as well.”

Adding to this, the right-arm fast bowler said, “I’ve been playing regularly till I landed here. So, to come out and hit the ground running was nice. We told them to keep it simple and hit the top of the stumps. I knew the wickets would come if I managed to do that with my pace. So, it was great to go out there and get two early wickets, which helped settle the nerves.”

Meanwhile, as the tournament enters the business end, the Dubai Capitals will face off against the Desert Vipers at the same venue on Friday, February 9.