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Global T20 Canada | Vancouver Knights vs Toronto Nationals | Match Report

sportzwiki 2018-07-11 10:54:59

When Vancouver Knights and Toronto Nationals had first met in the league, it was an absolute run-fest. Nationals had chased down an improbable 228 with four balls to spare. But unlike the last time, the second meeting between the two sides on Tuesday (July 10) turned out to be a lopsided contest as Knights avenged their loss with a thumping 8-wicket win.

The result also saw Knights going to the top of the points table. On the other hand, the Nationals were eliminated from the competition after suffering their fourth defeat in six games.

Astounding victory to go top of the table whilst knocking #TorontoNationals out #6sInThe6ix #GT20Canada #TNvVK

— GT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) July 10, 2018

Chris Gayle’s decision to bowl first turned out to be a good one as Nationals were all out for a paltry 103. The wicket was assisting the spinners at the start. However, it started doing so as the game wore on. As a result, the spinners made a huge impact, thus restricting Nationals to 103.

Tim Southee and Sheldon Cottrell struck early to peg the opposition back with both openers back in the shed in the fourth over. Southee sent back Johnson Charles for a golden duck before Cottrell dismissed Kamran Akmal for 19. Steven Smith then kept the side in the hunt with a handy 35 in his 28-ball stay. However, fall of wickets at regular intervals from the other end did not help Nationals’ cause. Skipper Darren Sammy chipped in with useful runs (29) towards the end, but three-wicket hauls from Andre Russell and Fawad Ahmed had National bowled out for a modest total in just 16.5 overs.

The target was never going to test the Knights and they made sure that the Nationals do not spring a surprise. Chadwick Walton and Ben Dunk gave the Knights an electric start to all but seal Nationals’ fate. The duo added 42 runs in just 4.2 overs before Anton Devcich sent back Dunk. Rassie van der Dussen departed cheaply but Walton and Saad Bin Zafar took the side home in just 12.3 overs. Walton remained unbeaten on a 36-ball 54.

Brilliant knock chaddy!!!! #TNvVK #6sInThe6ix #GT20Canada

— GT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) July 10, 2018

Brief scores:

103 in 16.5 overs (Steven Smith 35, Darren Sammy 29; Andre Russell 3-17, Fawad Ahmed 3-22) lost to 104/2 in 12.3 overs (Chadwick Walton 54*) by 8 wickets.