Global T20 Canada, Day 10- Round Up
Chris Gayle was finally among runs after failing in the first few games.
Updated - Jul 9, 2018 10:16 am
The Round 1 of the Global T20 Canada has successfully come to an end. Cricket West Indies-B team ended the first round at the top of the points table while Montreal Tigers are placed last. The Round 1 of the league took place in the round robin format.
The league will now progress into the second round. There will be three matches played in the second round. Here, the top team on the table will play the last team, the second team will play the last second team and so on. Then, the top four teams will play an IPL-style playoff and then the ultimate winner will be decided.
Vancouver Knights vs CWI-B – Match 14, Round 1
CWI-B faced their first shock of the season in this game. After winning the toss, they opted to bowl first. Vancouver Knights’ skipper Chris Gayle was finally among runs. Although it didn’t come at a quick pace, this innings where he scored 63 off 55 balls will give a lot of confidence going forward. With assistance from Evin Lewis (22 off 14 balls) and Andre Russell (32 off 18 balls), the Knights managed to put up 175 runs on the board.
With the kind of form CWI-B team is in currently, it might have seemed an easy task for them to chase this down. However, some brilliance from Sheldon Cottrell with the ball put breaks on their scoring rates. Further, with other bowlers chipping in, the task got even more difficult for CWI-B. Although Hodge scored a useful 43 runs, it wasn’t really enough. They were bowled out for 140 within 20 overs.
VCK: 175/4 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 63, Andre Russell 32, D Green 3/33)
CWI-B: 140/10 in 19.3 overs (K Hodge 43, F Allen 29, S Cottrell 4/19)
Vancouver Knights won by 35 runs.
Toronto Nationals vs Montreal Tigers – Match 15, Round 1
This game was quite an intense one as the Toronto Nationals squeezed home in a last-ball thriller. Montreal Tigers were put into bat first after winning the toss. With the help of a 62 off 52 from George Worker and 50 off 39 from Moises Henriques, the Tigers put up a great total of 176 runs on the board in their 20 overs. Mohammad Sami picked 3 wickets for the Nationals.
In the chase, the Nationals were under some pressure early on. They were down to 27/3. However, a great partnership between Anton Devcich (43 off 34 balls) and Nitish Kumar (46 off 23 balls) put them back on track. But still, a lot of runs had to be scored and Kieron Pollard rose up to the occasion. 13 were required off the last over. Pollard hit a 6 and a 4 off the first two balls but got out on the third ball. As 2 runs were required off the last ball, Peter Siddle finished it off with a brilliant 4.
MNT: 176/4 in 20 overs (G Worker 62, M Henriques 50, M Sami 3/34)
TTN: 179/9 in 20 overs (N Kumar 46, Anton Devcich 43, Lasith Malinga 3/11)
Toronto Nationals won by 1 wicket.