Toronto Nationals have had a tough start to their Global T20 Canada campaign as they were thrashed by Edmonton Royals in the 3rd game of the tournament, making it Toronto’s second defeat.
Being put in to bat first, Toronto Nationals lost quick wickets right the start which reduced their chances of putting up a big score to compete well. A lot has to be blamed to their batsmen who made poor decisions out in the middle. Steve Smith, who did well in the first game, struggled to get his timing right but the ball to dismiss him was a long hop which was pulled straight to the fielder at deep square leg.
Nitish Kumar looked at total ease, piercing the gaps easily and found the fence quite easily. His precious 55 off 37 balls ensured some hope for Toronto Nationals before some contributions from Darren Sammy and few almighty blows from Naveed off Sohail Tanvir’s bowling propelled Toronto to 169 – a fairly decent total in contrast to the start they were off to.
Luke Ronchi continued his devastating form from the Pakistan Super League, shutting down Toronto’s chances in the game by hammering 47 off 18 balls. His fellow opening partner, Andre Fletcher continued to dominate as he smashed 68 off 39 balls to see his side home comfortably with 30 balls to spare.
Fletcher’s 68 off 39 balls saw him getting the player of the match award as well.