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Kumar, Devcich star in last-ball thriller against Montreal
Global T20 Canada

Kumar, Devcich star in last-ball thriller against Montreal

Ball-by-ball Toronto Nationals vs Montreal Tigers

Toronto Nationals defeated Montreal Tigers by one wicket on the last ball of the innings to stay afloat in the competition.

In the bottom of the table clash, Toronto Nationals won the toss and decided to field first in the 15th match of inaugural Global T20 Canada. Both the Montreal openers, Dwayne Smith and Sunil Narine got starts but could go big. In-form George Worker and Moises Henriques then smacked fifties, adding 127 for the third-wicket partnership to lead the Tigers to 176 for four.

Mohammad Sami was the pick of the bowlers with the figures of 3 for 34.

In reply, Toronto Nationals were reduced to 27-3 inside powerplay, with Steve Smith falling for just 3. Kiwi batsman Anton Devcich and Canada skipper Nitish Kumar added 93 for the fourth-wicket partnership to keep the chase on track for the Nationals. But both the set batsmen fell in a span of five deliveries in the middle overs, with Kieron Pollard left to do much of the work. Pollard smacked 37 off 21 balls, including a six and four in the last over with his side needing 13 off 6 and Peter Siddle with the ball. He fell on the third ball of the last over with his side needing 3 off 3 balls with just one wicket in hand. Mohammad Sami ran a single off the fourth while No.11 Kesrick Williams missed the next ball, leaving Nationals with 2 to get off the last ball. Despite setting tight fields for the last ball, Siddle bowled a juicy full toss which Williams smacked down the ground to win the game for the Nationals.

For Montreal, Malinga was at his usual best with the figures of 3 for 11 while Siddle also took 3 for 45.

Nitish Kumar was adjudged man of the match for his brisk innings during the middle that set up the chase.