Well-oiled Vancouver Knights brush aside Toronto Nationals in Global T20 Canada opener
A few fireworks from Kieron Pollard and Heinrich Klaasen took Toronto Nationals to 159, but as Vancouver Knights' star batsman Rassie van der Dussen said in the post-match presentation, it was never going to be enough.
Toronto Nationals 159-5
Vancouver Knights 162-2
Vancouver Knights win by 8 wickets
With the match being played on a brand-new drop-in pitch, it was never going to be a walk in the park for the Toronto Nationals batsmen. That said, the pitch played way better in the second-half after settling down a bit and looked like a true strip, ideal for a T20.
Although Nationals' opener Rodrigo Thomas played a good 41-run hand, skipper Yuvraj Singh got stuck in the middle after the dismissal of Brendon McCullum and Calum MacLeod. Yuvraj's (14, 27b) misery was finally ended by Rizwan Cheema.
Few fireworks from Kieron Pollard and Heinrich Klaasen took the team to 159, but as Vancouver Knights' star batsman Rassie van der Dussen said in the post-match presentation, it was never going to be enough.
Although Vancouver Knights' openers Chris Gayle and Mark Montfort were dismissed within the powerplay, Chadwick Walton 59(35) and Rassie van der Dussen 65(43) had an unbeaten partnership of 124.
The duo looked completely at ease and never gave the Nationals' bowlers any chance. Ultimately, they took Vancouver Knights to a comfortable 8-wicket win.
Toronto Nationals- Brendon McCullum, Rodrigo Thomas, Calum MacLeod, Yuvraj Singh, Ravinderpal Singh, Kieron Pollard, Heinrich Klaasen, Mark Montfort, Mitchell McClenaghan, Salman Nazar, Jeremy Gordon
Vancouver Knights- Chris Gayle, Tobias Visee, Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smit, Andre Russell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Rizwan Cheema, Michael Rippon, Saad Bin Zafar, Ali Khan
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