Global T20 Canada, Day 13, Playoffs- Round Up

Global T20 Canada, Day 13, Playoffs- Round Up

CWI-B make it into the final of the Global T20 Canada.

David Warner
David Warner of Winnipeg Hawks. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The Global T20 Canada is already into the playoffs and we are just a few days away from finding the winner of the tournament. On the thirteenth day of the league, two playoff games were played. Both of these games were high-scoring and nail-biting one’s. It definitely got the fans to the edge of their seats.

Vancouver Knights and Cricket West Indies-B, who finished top two on the points table played the first qualifier. It was the Winnipeg Hawks against the Edmonton Royals who faced each other off in the ‘Eliminator’. While CWI-B, who won the ‘Qualifier-1’ proceed straight to the final, Vancouver Knights get another chance. They will play Winnipeg Hawks, who won the ‘Eliminator’ in ‘Qualifier-2’ of the Global T20 Canada.

The winner of ‘Qualifier-2’ will proceed into the final of the Global T20 Canada and the champions are then decided. Edmonton Royals, having lost the ‘Eliminator’ are now knocked out of the tournament. Here is how the games proceeded on the first day of the playoffs.

Vancouver Knights vs CWI-B – Qualifier 1, Playoffs

After two back to back shocks, the CWI-B finally recovered. They took their revenge against the Vancouver Knights, which was the only team to defeat them in ‘Round 1’ of the league stages. CWI-B won the toss and opted to field first. The Knights had a steady start as both their openers got to fifties. While Chadwick Walton scored 54, Chris Gayle scored 50. With the help of a few cameos from Dussen, Hayat and Russell, they got to 215 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. As many as 25 extras were conceded in the innings.

Furthermore, the Knights also started on an amazing note with their bowling. The in-form openers and B King were dismissed early and the CWI-B team was down to 11/3 within the third over. A win from here seemed obvious for the Knights. However, Sherfane Rutherford played the innings of his life. He scored 134 off just 66 balls. With the help of a 44 from N Pooran and a 23 from A Bramble, CWI-B reached the target on the last ball of the innings with 6 wickets remaining.

Brief Scores:

VCK: 215/6 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 54, Chris Gayle 50, J Louis 2/46)

CWI-B: 221/4 in 20 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 134*, Nicolas Pooran 44, Tim Southee 2/39)

Winnipeg Hawks vs Edmonton Royals – Eliminator, Playoffs

In the Eliminator, Winnipeg Hawks won the toss and opted to field first. The Royals got a solid start at the top. Openers Luke Ronchi (25 off 14 balls) and (41 off 13 balls) laid a nice foundation. Agha Salman, coming in at 3, scored a quickfire 44 off 18 balls. However, things turned around when they lost two wickets in the 11th over. Rayad Emrit chipped in and picked 4 wickets to restrict the Royals to 183 for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. It looked as if they would get over 200 runs at one stage.

David Warner, who scored 42 runs in the last game after a string of failures continued with his good form in this game. He scored 55 off 36 balls and along with Lendl Simmons, who scored 33 off 22, they put up an opening partnership of 76 in 8 overs. Ben McDermott, with a 39-ball 65 remained in the middle till the end to take his team home in the last second ball.

Brief Scores:

EDR: 183/9 in 20 overs (Agha Salman 44, Andre Fletcher 41, R Emrit 4/28)

WPH: 185/3 in 19.5 overs (Ben McDermott 65*, David Warner 55, Sohail Tanvir 1/26)

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