GT20 League Final – Vancouver Knights vs Winnipeg Hawks – Report
The final of the World Cup was tied and had to go to the Super Over. The final of the Global T20 Canada league also ended in a tie and the winners were decided in the Super Over. Winnipeg Hawks defeated the reigning champions Vancouver Knights in the thrilling contest. Both the teams managed to score 192 runs in their respective innings and Hawks were able to chase 10 runs in the Super Over.
Vancouver Knights captain Shoaib Malik won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Winnipeg Hawks innings.
Hawks got off to a quick start as Chris Lynn and Shaiman Anwar added 73 runs for the opening stand in the powerplay overs. Lynn scored a quickfire knock of 37 runs from 21 balls with the help of four fours and three maximums. The Australian batter was dismissed by Andre Russell but Anwar continued to score runs at a healthy rate.
The right-hander smashed 90 runs from 45 balls and the knock was loaded with eight fours and seven sixes. JP Duminy scored 33 runs from 27 balls but the rest of the Hawks batsmen could not add the finishing touches.
On the other hand, Andre Russell was the pick of the Vancouver Knights bowlers as he scalped four wickets. Moreover, Ali Khan and Rayyan Pathan scalped two wickets each.
Vancouver Knights innings:
Vancouver Knights could not get off to a good start in their run-chase as they lost both their openers cheaply. Winnipeg Hawks skipper Rayad Emrit was able to get the better of both the openers.
Rassie Van der Dussen scored 23 whereas Daniel Sams counter-attacked with a 9-ball 21 but both of them were also dismissed soon to leave Vancouver Knights tottering at 53-4.
Subsequently, Vancouver Knights skipper Shoaib Malik and Saad Bin Zafar added 86 runs to get their team back on the track. Malik was the aggressive partner as the right-hander scored 64 from 36 balls. Moreover, Andre Russell scored a blistering knock of 46 runs from 20 balls but the scores were tied in the end.
Vancouver Knights could only manage to score nine runs in the Super Over and Winnipeg Hawks were able to chase it down with two balls to spare.
Shaiman Anwar was awarded the Man of the Match whereas JP Duminy was adjudged the Man of the tournament.