Global T20 Canada, Day 3- Round Up

Global T20 Canada, Day 3- Round Up

Devcich and Smith failed to live up to expectations in their second game.

Steve Smith
Steven Smith of Toronto Nationals. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The third day of the Global T20 Canada league witnessed a double-header. In the first game, the Toronto Nationals played against the Edmonton Royals. In the second game of the day, the Montreal Tigers played the Cricket West Indies B team. The CWI-B team is a special team that the West Indies cricket board sent in to take part in this league.

With these games, all the teams participating in the tournament have played at least one game thus far. The Edmonton Royals currently occupy the top spot on the points table courtesy a very high net run rate. The Montreal Tigers slack off at the bottom of the points table having lost both the games that they played thus far.

Toronto Nationals vs Edmonton Royals – Match 3, Round 1

Edmonton Royals made their debut in league with this game. They won the toss and put Toronto Nationals into bat first. However, the Nationals failed to replicate the same kind of heroics with the bat as in the first game. Johnson Charles got out for 5 while Nizakat Khan was dismissed by Sohail Tanvir for a duck. Steve Smith and Anton Devcich, who were the heroes in the first game got out cheaply too. Canadian player Nitish Kumar with 55 off 37 balls was the leading run-scorer. Mohammed Naveed played a handy cameo of 26 from 13 balls towards the end to take to total to 169.

With the likes of some in-form batsmen like Luke Ronchi and Andre Fletcher in their line up, it was never going to be difficult for the Royals to chase the target down. Luke Ronchi provided some fireworks right at the top scoring 47 off 18 balls to set the chase up beautifully. Andre Fletcher scored 68 off 39 and remained not out till the end. With some support from Agha Salman who scored 38 off 27, Edmonton Royals successfully finished the chase winning the game by 8 wickets with 5 overs to spare.

Montreal Tigers vs CWI-B – Match 4, Round 1

Montreal Tigers faced off CWI-B in the second game of the day. They won the toss and opted to bat first. All the Tigers’ batsmen tried to play aggressive cricket in the game. Sikandar Raza with 47 runs off 37 balls top-scored in the innings. Narine and Moises Henriques with 28 runs and 26 runs respectively helped take the teams’ score to 183 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. Obed McCoy picked 3 wickets in the innings.

The West Indies B team chased down this target quite easily. Although they lost two wickets early in the innings, B King and Nicholas Pooran switched a wonderful partnership of 76 runs together. King scored 56 off 32 while Pooran scored 58 off 35 balls. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals after this partnership, they never panicked. Shamar Springer with an aggressive 18-ball 27 runs towards the end helped CWI-B team bag a 2-wicket win. Skipper Lasith Malinga picked two wickets in the innings.

Brief Scores

Edmonton Royals won by 8 wickets against Toronto Nationals

Toronto Nationals: 169/7 in 20 overs (Nitish Kumar 55, Kieron Pollard 28, Wayne Parnell 2/24)

Edmonton Royals: 173/2 in 15 overs (Andre Fletcher 68*, Luke Ronchi 47, Kieron Pollard 1/18)

CWI-B won by 2 wickets against Montreal Tigers

Montreal Tigers: 183/9 in 20 overs (S Raza 47, S Narine 28, Obed McCoy 3/31)

CWI-B: 187/8 in 19.1 overs (B King 56, N Pooran 58, L Malinga 2/32)