CWI B Team shocked a star-studded Montreal Tigers with a two-wicket win in the fourth match of Global T20 Canada in Toronto. The difference between the two sides can be gauged from the fact that Montreal was represented by 11 players with international caps – including some of the greats of the format – while CWI B Team had just one player with international cap for the Windies.
Following a defeat in their first game at the hands of Winnipeg Hawks, Montreal were looking to bounce back to open their account. But batting first, their batsmen couldn’t contribute significantly with wickets tumbling at regular intervals and especially the run rate being a crucial issue – something they struggled with during their opening game as well.
Sunil Narine was off to another brisk start, smashing 28 off just 15 balls, but his partner Dwayne Smith and one-down George Worker failed once again. Moises Henriques looked in a better touch than yesterday but could build on a decent start. With wickets tumbling at the other end, Zimbabwean Sikandar Raza held to the other end scoring 48 off 37 balls and ensuring a decent score for his side. Montreal posted 184/9 with Raza being the top-scorer.
For the CWI B Team, Obed McCoy and Jeremiah Louis shared three wickets each.
In reply, CWI B Team’s skipper Anthony Bramble was pinged in-front by Peter Siddle on the first ball of the innings. But the middle-order batsmen Nicholas Pooran and Brandon King struck brisk fifties to keep the chase on track.
There was a flurry of wickets after the two fell, but Shamar Springer ensured that his side reached home with an 18-ball 27, including the winning six off the first ball of the last over.
Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers for Tigers with the figures of 1/15 while Lasith Malinga and Peter Siddle shared two wickets each.
Nicholas Pooran was adjudged man of the match for his blistering half century.