Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada
The defeat for Toronto (2-4) ended its stint in the tournament, while Montreal (2-4) sits precariously placed in sixth place hoping Edmonton can beat Winnipeg by a commanding margin to make the playoffs
Vancouver (4-1) and Windies B (4-2) clinched the first and second positions.
Montreal won the toss and put Windies B to bat for the first time in the competition. Three Canadians started for Montreal in the fixture – recalled all-rounder Dilon Heyliger and debuts for opener Nicholas Kirton and medium pacer Cecil Pervez.
Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga struck a decisive early blow, bowling opener Sherfane Rutherford (2) with a vintage yorker delivery that has made him a cricket legend in this format of cricket.
Stylish Jamaican right-hander Brandon King joined Sharma Springer at the crease and King (23) was particularly aggressive hitting five boundaries in his knock before he was bowled by Nepalese Sandeep Lamichhane, leaving Windies B on 32/2 in the third over.
Windies B began to take the attack to Vancouver’s bowling during a 72-run third-wicket partnership between Springer and Nicholas Pooran.
Springer, who was part of the victorious 2016 West Indies Under-19 World Cup team, brought up his first half century of the tournament during this alliance, while Pooran was threatening to score his second fifty of league play hitting two towering sixes off Lamichhane and Narine.
Montreal would strike back, dismissing both batsmen and Captain Anthony Bramble (4) in the space of three overs as Windies B slipped from 104/2 to 121/5 in the 15th over.
Chasing an eventual target of 163, Narine who has had a quiet tournament with the bat immediately made the score look inadequate as he launched a stunning assault on young Caribbean bowlers.
Narine hit 61 out of Montreal’s first 81 runs in the first seven overs that included nine massive sixes, displaying the kind of opening batting performance he regularly shows in the Indian Premier League for Kolkatta Knight Riders and around the worldwide T20 cricket circuit.
This electric innings from Narine was the perfect platform, enabling Montreal’s middle order batsmen – Australian Moises Henriques (32), Zimbabwe’s Sikander Raza (32) and Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zardan (29), to play their cameo innings without any pressure and secure the victory with 15 balls to spare.
Match 17: Vancouver Knights vs. Toronto Nationals
SCENARIO FOR MONTREAL TIGERS TO QUALIFY FOR PLAYOFFS
Winnipeg Hawks Net Run Rate = 0.444
Montreal Tigers Net Run Rate = -0.331
Winnipeg Hawks bat first and make,
130 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 130 down in 10.5 overs so that Montreal can qualify)
150 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 150 down in 11 overs)
170 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 170 down in 11.2 overs)
190 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 190 down in 11.4 overs)
210 runs in 20 overs (ER need to chase 210 down in 11.5 overs)
130 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 44 runs
150 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 65 runs
170 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 86 runs
190 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 106 runs
210 runs in 20 overs then Hawks can not score more than 127 runs