Dwayne Bravo (41, 3-23-2), Fidel Edwards (4-8-2) and Tion Webster (2.2-22-4) power Winnipeg Hawks to 56-run comfortable win against Toronto Nationals; Rassie van der Dussen (83) and Lasith Malinga (3-41) take Vancouver Knights to 18-run victory over Montreal Tigers.
Winnipeg Hawks 164/6 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 44, Dwayne Bravo 41; Muhammad Naveed 2-29, Kesrick Williams 2-33) defeats Toronto Nationals 108 all out in 17.2 overs (Anton Devcich 34, Kieron Pollard 25; Tion Webster 4-22, Fidel Edwards 2-8, Dwayne Bravo 2-23) by 56 runs.
It was heartbreaking to see David Warner (1), the Winnipeg Hawks’ opener, to get run-out in the very first over. Lendl Simmons and Ben McDermott then stitched a partnership and received a finishing touch from Dwayne Bravo.
As a result, the Hawks reached 164 for 6 in the 20 overs which was a par score. For Toronto Nationals, Mohammad Naved and Kesrick Williams picked two wickets each.
Coming out to bat, Toronto Nationals lost the wicket of opener Nizakat Khan quite early. A lot depended on Steve Smith (3) but he could not fire in this match. Anton Devcich and Kieron Pollard got starts but they could not convert them into substantial scores. The team's lower order collapsed as they got bundled out for 108 in the 18th over.
36-year old Fidel Edwards starred in his comeback match with dream figures of 4-8-2. Tion Webster did the cleaning up job, taking 4 wickets.
Vancouver Knights 166/6 in 20 overs (Rassie van der Dussen 83; Lasith Malinga 3-41, Peter Siddle 2-28 defeats Montreal Tigers 148 all out in 19.4 overs (George Worker 43, Moises Henriques 40; Tim Southee 3-20, Saad Bin Zafar 3-21, Sheldon Cottrell 2-37) by 18 runs.
Despite the failure of Chris Gayle (4) and Evin Lewis (16), it was Rassie van der Dussen’s unbeaten 83-run knock which almost single-handedly took Vancouver Knights to 166 for 6 in 20 overs. Lasith Malinga and Peter Siddle bowled well and picked up 3 and 2 wickets respectively. However, Malinga was quite expensive and went for more than 10 runs per over.
Dwayne Smith (0) got a jaffer from Tim Southee on the first delivery of the Montreal Tigers' innings. Although Moses Henriques and George Worker scored fighting 40s, they did not get any contribution from the lower order and the team folded up for 148. As expected, Tim Southee and Saad Bin Zafar were the standout bowlers who picked up 3 wickets each.
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