Faf du Plessis' fifty in vain as Montreal Tigers pip Edmonton Royals to the post
Montreal Tigers were cruising along and there was no need for rash shots but some inexperienced batting from the Tigers saw them take the match to the last over.
Edmonton Royals 153- All Out
Montreal Tigers 154-6
Montreal Tigers won by 4 wickets
After Edmonton Royals lost opener Richie Barrington in the first over, Navneet Dhaliwal and Faf du Plessis had a 70+ partnership to stabilize things. Du Plessis looked in great touch and slammed eight fours and three sixes in his 20-ball 55-run inning, played at a strike rate of 275.
However, when the time came to take things to another level in the last 10 over, wickets kept falling regularly for Edmonton Royals. Nikhil Dutta and Dillon Heyliger (MoM) picked up three wickets each, while Fawad Ahmed bagged two to restrict the Royals to 153.
In reply, Montreal Tigers started well with opener Kyle Coetzer scoring 62 off 52 deliveries. Anton Devcich also looked good during is 33-ball 32 run stay.
Montreal Tigers were cruising along and there was no need for rash shots but some inexperienced batting from Montreal Tigers saw them take the match to the last over.
To the pleasure of the Tigers and dismay of the Royals, Dillon Heyliger and Scott Kuggeleijn shared two sixes and one four between them off Jimmy Neesham's last over to take the Montreal Tigers to a four-wicket win. Kyle Phillip was the strike bowler for Edmonton Royals and claimed four crucial wickets.
Montreal Tigers- Kyle Coetzer, Dinesh Chandimal, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Anton Devcich, George Bailey, Matthew Cross, Mohammad Naveed, Nikhil Dutta, Dillon Heyliger, Fawad Ahmed, Scott Kuggeleijn
Edmonton Royals- Richie Berrington, Navneet Dhaliwal, Mohammad Hafeez, Faf du Plessis, Ben Cutting, Shadab Khan, Anshuman Rath, James Neesham, Safyaan Sharif, Kyle Phillip, Satsimranjit Dhindsa
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