There was some reality check for the CWI B team just before the playoffs. After winning four matches on the trot, they have now lost back to back matches and have something to ponder upon.
Match 16: Cricket West Indies B Team vs. Montreal Tigers
Montreal Tigers 165/4 in 17.3 overs (Sunil Narine 61, Moises Henriques 32, Sikander Raza 32, Najibullah Zardan 29; Khary Pierre 2-25) beat Cricket West Indies B Team 162/7 in 20 overs (Sharma Springer 62, Nicholas Pooran 25; Sandeep Lamichanne 3-31, Cecil Pervez 2-36) by six wickets
The Windies B tried to experiment with the batting order by sending Sherfane Rutherford and Shamar Springer up the order. While Rutherford was bowled by Malinga early on, Springer went on to make 62.
Brandon king and Nicholas Pooran then contributed 20s in the middle order. However, there was no significant contribution from the lower order as the team could manage 162 for 7 in the 20 overs.
Lasith Malinga picked up one wicket, where as Sandeep Lamichhane was the most impressive bowler, bagging 3 wickets. Although Sunil Narine did not pick up a wicket, he bowled at an impressive economy of 5.
Narine would later come on to open the innings for Montreal Tigers and score an explosive 61 off 25 balls. This set the platform for Tigers as Moses Henriques (32), Sikandar Raza (32) and Najibullah Zadran (29) took the team home. For Windies A, Khary Pierre picked up two wickets while Fabian Allen bowled economically, picking up one wicket.
Match 17: Vancouver Knights vs. Toronto Nationals
Vancouver Knights 104/2 in 12.3 overs (Chadwick Walton 54) beat Toronto Nationals 103 all out in 16.5 overs (Steve Smith 35; Andre Russell 3-17, Fawad Ahmed 3-22) by eight wickets
Vancouver Knights have gained some serious form towards the business end of the tournament. It was evident when they folded up Toronto Nationals for a meager 103 runs.
For Nationals, Johnson Charles suffered a first ball duck as Steven Smith (35) and Kamran Akmal (19) tried to steady the innings. However, a batting collapse followed and despite a 29-run knock from skipper Darren Sammy lower down the order, the team bundled out for 103.
Andre Russell and Fawad Ahmed tore into the Toronto Nationals batting lineup, picking up 3 wickets each.
103 was never going to be enough but the ease with which Chadwick Walton (54) and Ben Dunk (24) finished off the task, it was commendable. Kieron Pollard was the only bowler who was able to tie up the Vancouver Nights batsmen as he picked up one wicket bowling at an economy of two.
With this win, the Vancouver Knights pipped the CWI B team to top the points table. On the contrary, Toronto Nationals are not formally out of the tournament yet but it is going to be very difficult for them to qualify to the next round as they would have all their hopes pinned on Nationals losing their next game and the Hawks losing theirs by a huge margin.
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