Global T20 Canada: Kesrick Williams and Peter Siddle exchange words in a tense finish
Nationals won the game 1 wicket to end the league stage on a happy note.
Updated - Jul 9, 2018 6:48 pm
Cricket is a game of emotions. Close finishes always bring out the various reactions from the players involved in the action which might lead to a controversy or an altercation with the opposition player. The same took place during the game between Toronto Nationals and Montreal Tigers in the ongoing Global T20 Canada. Kesrick Williams and Peter Siddle had a go at each other after the former won the match for the Nationals in a tense finish.
Having been invited to bat first, Tigers posted a competitive total of 176 runs for the loss of 4 wickets after 20 overs courtesy of the half-centuries from George Worker and Moises Henriques. In response, the Darren Sammy-led side stuttered on various occasions during the chase which took the game right down to the wire.
The equation going into the last over for them was 13 runs with two wickets in hand. With Kieron Pollard on strike, the batting side had their noses ahead. The Tigers showed faith in the Australian veteran Peter Siddle to come good out of the tough situation. As it turned out, Pollard churned out 10 runs off the first couple of balls itself thanks to some poor fielding from a substitute fielder.
However, Siddle came back strongly and got rid of Pollard with three runs still needed to win off the same number of balls. It boiled down to 2 runs with 1 ball left as the Kesrick Williams missed a lofted shot down the ground. After keeping his composure right through the over, Siddle lost it when it mattered the most as he delivered a full toss which was thumped by the batsman ferociously to spark off the celebrations in Nationals’ camp.
The proceedings didn’t end there as Williams gave an earful to Siddle after playing a winning shot which didn’t go down well with the bowler at all. He refused to shake hands with the Caribbean and let him know that his gestures were not required at that stage. Williams was also not in a position to listen to him and continued responding in a not so good manner to him.
In the end, Sammy had to cool down the things as hugged Siddle rightly and applauded him for his efforts. It was such a good game but the emotions got better of the players at the last moment which marred the winning moment as well.
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