Global T20 Canada, Day 5- Round Up

Global T20 Canada, Day 5- Round Up

The Hawks and the Knights ended up securing a rather important victory.

Kieron Pollard
Steven Smith of Toronto Nationals talks with teammate Kieron Pollard during a Global T20 Canada match. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The fifth day of the Global T20 Canada greeted fans with two one-sided games. Interestingly, both these games were won by the sides batting first as previously when most of the games were won by the sides that batted second. Now that all the teams have played some continuous cricket, they will have a day-off before the action resumes again.

David Warner‘s string of low scores continued on the fifth day of the league as well. He is definitely having a nightmare of a tournament. His counterpart, Steve Smith after impressing in the first game has been struggling ever since then. Dwayne Bravo’s Winnipeg Hawks made it back to the top spot on the points table. However, Lasith Malinga’s Montreal Tigers are struggling without a single win under their belt and are placed at the bottom of the points table at the moment.

Toronto Nationals vs Winnipeg Hawks – Match 7, Round 1

The Winnipeg Hawks were put into bat first by the Toronto Nationals after they won the toss. The Hawks suffered a blow right in the first over as David Warner was run out off a direct hit from Anton Devcich. Although Lendl Simmons and Ben McDermott tried building a partnership, they continued losing wickets in regular intervals and soon found themselves in trouble. With the help of 41 off 31 balls from Dwayne Bravo at the end, the Hawks put up 164 runs on the board. Mohammad Naveed picked two wickets.

Although Steve Smith decided to turn his arm with the ball, he proved to be ineffective as he conceded 34 runs in the two overs that he bowled and 25 in the first over at that. Chasing 165, the Nationals were never in the game. Only 3 batsmen managed to go past an individual score of 5 runs. Anton Devcich with 34 off 19 was the highest scorer of the innings. Tion Webster picked 4 wickets while Fidel Edwards picked 2.

Montreal Tigers vs Vancouver Knights – Match 8, Round 1

The Tigers’ Lasith Malinga opted to bowl first after winning the toss. The Tigers’ bowlers did well and put pressure on the Knights initially. Big guns Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis were dismissed for just 4 and 16 runs respectively. Vancouver skipper Chris Gayle’s struggles with the bat continued as he was dismissed by Peter Siddle. Further, the team was down to 118/5 within the 15th over. However, it was that man yet again – Rassie van der Dussen, the highest scorer in the tournament so far who impressed yet again. He scored 83 off just 56 balls helping take the total to 166. Malinga, with 3 wickets continued to impress.

The Tigers struggled in the chase and lost their openers Dwayne Smith and Sunil Narine early. Although Moises Henriques and George Worker built a good partnership, their efforts were not complemented by the other batsmen. While Henriques scored 40, Worker scored 43 runs. Further, the side was quickly down to 114/6 once these two fell. They were bowled out for 148 in 19.4 overs resulting in their third consecutive loss.

Brief Scores

Winnipeg Hawks won by 56 runs against Toronto Nationals

WPH: 164/4 in 20 overs (L Simmons 44, DJ Bravo 41, Mohammad Naveed 2/29)

TTN: 108/10 in 17.2 overs (Anton Devcich 34, Kieron Pollard 25, Tion Webster 4/22)

Vancouver Knights won by 18 runs against Montreal Tigers

VCK: 166/6 in 20 overs (Dussen 83*, Babar Hayat 20, Lasith Malinga 3/41)

MNT: 148/10 in 19.4 overs (G Worker 43, M Henriques 40, Tim Southee 3/20)